Ok, I am building my first HTPC.
I am looking to purchase within the next week or so and would like input on my choices. My main use for the pc will be for watching movies and videos (probably 95% of the use). Other things may include picture slideshows, music, and video games.
Any input on my choices will be appreciated.
The prices listed are just mostly from New EggI have not really shopped around yet. So if a better price is out there from a reputable dealer then please let me know.
I know there is a lot of talk here about noise levels here. I don't know if the components I chose here are best for this. It is not a huge issue with me as I have a commercial beverage cooler about 15 feet away from my viewing area (always have about 25-35 different beer choices on stock
.) It is quite noisy but once the movie is rolling I can't hear iteven in quieter scenesI must have just learned to tune it outso a little noise from a pc wont kill me.
Anyway, here is what I have come up with so far (many choices from the renethx sticky). Are any of these choices overkill? Or just bad choices?
Thanks for any input.
CASE - Silverstone Crown Series CW02B-MXR Black Aluminum ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - $399.99 @newegg 3 business day shipping $19.09
Motherboard - ASUS P5B Premium Vista Edition LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard $218.99 @newegg free shipping
CPU - Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 2.4ghz Socket 775 Model BX80557E6600 $229.90 @newegg free shipping
Video Card - MSI NX8600GTS Diamond Plus Geforce 8600GTS 256MB 128 bit GDDR3 PCI-E HDCP Ready $159.99 (144.99 after mail in rebate) @newegg $5.84 shipping (For some reason I had trouble finding the 8600GTS with HDMIany better suggestions then what I chose?)
Sound Card - Help
PSU - In the sticky renethx recommends a 520W PSU. Is this enough with my choices so far and the possibility of a half a dozen hard drives?
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint-t.probably about 4 500 gig drives.
RAM - So many choices2 gig of something
Video capture card - ?? Not that important to me at the moment but definitely for future use.
DVD Drive - I will probably skip this as I will most likely by a PS3 for Blue Ray and all my standard def. DVD's will be on the hard drives.
OS - I am thinking XP at the moment.
Software (DVD jukebox) - ??
Viewing screen - Sony KDL-52XBR4 $3379.07 after tax (Sony employee discount)
Any others I may have missed here? Fans? CPU cooling? Mouse/KeyboardI am assuming all normal HTPC functions should be able to be done with the remote control?? I know the Silverstone comes with a remote but will that be able to handle everything like AV receiver and DVD Player (PS3)I assume not. I have a Harmony 890 remote and am thinking of upgrading to the 1000 for these purposes.
Another thing...are there any FAQ's for threads about tweaking XP for an HTPC? Especially for fastest boot time?
Thanks again for any input.