I'm looking to build an HTPC.
I currently have a custom built tower that I use as a HTPC but it's too big, loud and outdated. Phenom II X4 940 3.0 Ghz, 4 Gb RAM, Blu Ray burner. I'm looking to update to something smaller, quieter and with more modern specs so I can move my current system over to my office.
I won't be doing any gaming with this HTPC. Just viewing/recording TV(via HDHomeRun Prime), watching/ripping Blu Rays, listening to music, general web browsing, etc.
I have a QNAP TS-210 NAS(2 TB) that i use to hold my media so a large HDD on the HTPC isn't really a need. I'm thinking a 128 GB SSD will be sufficient. I have a 1TB drive that I can pull out of my old machine as well. Wouldn't mind putting that and the SSD in the HTPC if I can find a case that is still small and quiet.
My TV is a Panasonic 50" plasma(model tc-p50s30). Receiver is a Yamaha RX-A710 with 5.1 Polk system. The HTPC would be connected to my receiver. I would like something that is capable of passing 7.1 sound to the receiver.
Space is also a concern. I would like a case no larger than an XBox 360. They're roughly 12"x10"x4", just measured mine.
Here's the rough specs I am thinking about right now.
CPU: Intel Core i3 3.2 Ghz(or so)
Memory: DDR3 8 GB(4GB x 2).....seems like it's probably worth the extra ~$20 to get 8 GB(4 GB x 2) instead of 4 GB(2 GB x 2). Is it worth getting 1866 over 1600????
HDD: 128 GB SSD.
Blu Ray burner: I'll reuse my old one, don't need it on the other machine.
Haven't really thought much about the Mobo, case and PSU as that's all dictated on what form factor I go with and whether the case includes a PSU or not.
I guess I really need to decide on a case and go from there. What do you guys suggest?
I'm liking this Cooler Master case.
I wouldn't be opposed to getting a case that doesn't have a 5.25" bay either. I can connect my Blu ray drive as needed(via USB). I typically play Blu Rays on my standalone player anyways.
These Silverstone cases look nice and no lights on the front would be nice.
I'm looking to keep this build under $500.
Edited by shortstop20 - 10/17/13 at 7:48pm