Case: Fractal Design Node 304 -- $90 w/ $15 shipping
Processor: AMD A8-5500 -- $105 free shipping
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X-ITX -- $100 w/ $7 shipping
HDD's: Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB 7200 RPM SATA III -- 3 of them to start, $90 each = $270 w/ $8 shipping
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8gb DDR3-1866 -- $58 free shipping
PCU: Undecided. Know I want a fully modular PSU given the case.
OS Drive: Undecided. Will be a 64gb Sata III SSD, I know that much.
Input device: Logitech DeNovo Edge keyboard (picked up for a whopping $65 on Craigslist just a few days ago)
DO NOT want a graphics card. Want to stay integrated. This is going to be a storage based, web browsing, and streaming HTPC only utilizing either unRaid or FlexRaid (hence the 3 drives, one for parity). Wanting to stick with the software raid so I can have some parity coverage in case of failure as well as being able to pool and add drives to the RAID without rebuilding everytime. The HTPC will be attached to my home network via hardline so I can do my encoding from my main computer and then move them over to the HTPC easily once done. It will see some internet browsing and streaming (netflix, amazon instant video, etc), but certainly ZERO gaming. Undecided on interface too, though XMBC is high on the list.
I decided on the case because I like the design, size, and fact that it has space for 6 hard drives. The rest of the components were chosen based on price, capability, reviews, etc.
Thoguhts, changes, recommendations? Really all I'm looking for is funcationality, the ability to turn it on and have a nice interface that's easy to navigate to my stored movies, or hit the web and browse or stream. I'd rather it feel more like an A/V component than a PC, but need the PC functionality so I can get through my network with it too.