Ok, Im getting there since my funds are lower than normal with the wife going to town for XMAS.
. Assassin here is what I have so far for a pure HTPC rig:
i3-2100 Sandy Bridge - got this for 124.99 from NewEgg but they gave me a $25 gift card (a little complaining issue
) so that ended at $99.99 freeship
8G G Skill RipJaws - got that on a day new egg had this for $29.99
A mid tower (older Antec as it was lying around from an old gaming rig I had built in 2000 and it looks like the 300) and space is no issue .Fans are the coolermaster sickleflow and the are dead quiet.
For Mobo, I went with ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
for $124.99 and freeship. With shipping almost the price of the Gigabyte microATX that you recommend.
Antec Earthwatts 380 Bronze. &44.99 free ship (Very quiet) - Also if anyone is looking for an OCZ 600W (kinda loud for an in room setup), hit me up.
For storage, I have a 1 TB drive to start with so I will just keep looking for deals as they come along for others.
OS - I already have a Win7 64bit prof ready to move off this "older" computer so I am good there. (zero cost)
Yet to order final piece:
An SSD - gonna order the crucial 64, just holding out to see if I can get anything else without a rebate that would be good. No OCZ though.
My theater is 120" projection and I have been testing your guides and setup on a i5 laptop and it looks sweet.
Cant wait to build my "own" netflix library (my primary reason for HTPC) and all the other "stuff" that it can do.
Thanks man for the great guides!