Been off this forum for a while,... Looking to build a new HTPC for my downstairs den. How well have the hardware guides updated on Assassins HTPC blog? When I used it for my first HTPC build (purchased a lifetime subscription) it was pretty up to date and was wondering if it was worth looking at still. My first HTPC build, which I completed in Jan. 2012 has been used mainly as a DVR essentially and I want to use more with it / expand it / expand to downstairs.
My build upstairs in my room is:
Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
Z68 Pro3-M Socket 1155 Z68 mATX Intel Motherboard
Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2 (OS Boot Drive)
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Storage Drive)
SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case GD05B (Black)
SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-
SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support
On My Router (LINKSYS E3000 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz / 5GHz simultaneous Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router up to 300Mbps with USB )
I'm running: SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface - I have a Verizon FIOS setup with the Prime HD setting (its only like 40+ HD Channels) but I also use Netflix / Hulu.
I'm at the point of interested in building either
A. New HTPC and a New Server
B. New HTPC/Server in one
C. Taking the HTPC I have now upgrading it and rearranging things a bit.
I have 1500.00 or so to spend (but don't necessarily need or want to spend it all). I'd like to have a set up running an automatic download through Usenet (have an unlimited monthly subscription).
I want to add an HTPC to my den (Currently i have a 55' Panasonic Plasma TC-P55ST30, Apple TV (3rd Gen/Non Jailbroken), PS3/Wii U/Xbox, Pioneer Receiver and a Def Tech 5.1 Home Theater System / Logitech - Harmony One) / upstairs in my bedroom I have a 55' Panasonic TC-P55ST30 + the HTPC I have described above.
I guess I'm looking for ideas for my next tech project - Ideally I'd like to set up an HTPC / Server that would automate downloading of episodes of TV / Movies and automatically organizing / downloading info and having access to it. I know this is a fairly intense post but any help and suggestions would be super appreciated. Perhaps also setting up a station to be able to play some emulated games / perhaps newer games as well.
As for parts (outside of what I have already in my HTPC upstairs) I have picked up a SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive and Corsair Neutron Series GTX CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - that will be used in some aspect towards my new project.
I'm a frequenter of Slickdeals and found this new deal which I was thinking I could use towards my new project: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?SID=H-0YWHMDEeKqdFrxvYyJRwCUk5_uYAR3_0_0_0&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&ItemList=Combo.1219175&cm_sp=
but I need some sort of guidance as to what I should think about doing / ideas.