I have never built a pc but i have confidence that I can do it.
Building a PC today is less challenging than building something made of LEGO, don't be intimidated.
I am looking to build a pc that can do streaming from netflix and other online sources, as well as from my local drives.
You don't really need a PC to do that anymore, but I hear you......
As for gaming capablilities, I am not really looking to upgrade this every couple of years so I will be getting a Playstation 4 for all my newest gaming desires, so the htpc will be for steam games and older games I have kicking around as well as emulators. I would like it to be a smaller sized box, preferrablely ps3 slim sized but smaller would be great. No need for 3d because the Ps's are up to that. I am running 7.1 so output in the high quality audio outputs would be nice ( the actual names escape me at the moment). Budget wise I would like to keep it around $600-700. I'm just looking to run games from this year back and they don't need to be maxed out.
Well, for $600 or $700 you can actually do a solid gaming machine. Netflix and such....that stuff can be done on Phones so really that's a non-issue at this point..
I was thinking of using an i5 of some sort and use a SSD of around 250gb for the OS and the steam games I feel like playing. I have an exteral 3tb drive with usb 3 connection for storing all my other games. I assume 8gb of ram since it is not that expensive. That is about as far as I got on my own
The budget is pretty firm unless something is absolutely necessary. I have the time to wait for sales and rebates
Not for nothing but.....the PS4 is very likely going to be able to do all those things. Heck, a PS3 can do all those things. Your phone can probably do what you need it to do, actually.
- Just use the PS4 for all of this.
- If streaming from home/internet is what you are really primarily after, spend $60 bucks on a refurbished Western Digital media streaming box with built in wifi. Pay for PS4 with the savings and still have money leftover. Play games on your phone, your tablet, your PS4.
-Spend $500 or less on a pre-built refurbished HP, Dell, Asus Tower system available all over the web....you won't get an SSD for that price but you can always add-one....and it will come with a Windows license (~$75 to $100+) and have an i5 and probably some reasonably well paired videocard (Nvidia 620/640 class) which will certainly handle the type of games you reference above....but you are also paying for other junk you might not want or need.....instead of an SSD you'll get a slow hard drive of unknown brand, you'll get a barely-adequate power supply meaning if you can upgrade the video card to something more robust, to better feed an i5, you'll probably need a new Power Supply to go-with. But still...you open the box and you're good to go, and even then you'll have money to add a 120g+ SSD as your C drive, and use the internal system drive at that point as another storage option.
-Buy a $40 case, a $50 motherboard, an i5 processor, a 128gb SSD (no larger, save a few bucks and put everything on your USB3 externals), maybe an optical drive if you need one.....spend $200 on a decent video card, oh and $100 for that Windows License....RAM...video card or use the integrated video...cobble it all together. Oh, depending on what motherboard you get, you might need an internal or external sound card, depending on what its audio capabilities are on the MB...and if its any good. I'm fine with MB sound, purists demand separate audio cards with superior S/N ratios, etc.
Not sure you have the need for rolling-your-own.......