First of all really interesting thread. I am looking to build an HTPC in the new year and this thread has got me almost all the way there.
My HTPC so far
The operating system will most likely be windows 8.1. My girlfriend is in her final year of Uni and can download this from her Uni network for free (or purchase the DVD for £50). Also, ignore the WD reds, they are going in a Synology DS413J.
I do have a few questions though. Some of which have been touched upon on this forum:
1. I use my harmony 700 remote a lot so it would be good to know whether anything can be added to this motherboard to allow me to use my remote to both control (AND) turn the PC on and off? Without remote control I don't think I'll be able to sell this idea to my girlfriend, who I am moving in with after she is done with her exams (hoping to have a bug free working system before then).
2. Does anyone have any advice on TV tuners for use in the UK. I know I can use TVcatchup, but might be useful for recording match of day if I am out drinking on a Saturday night (that's our EPL soccer highlights show).
3. In future, mostly depending on the success of the steam controller this PC may also become a living room gaming centre. The SST-GD08B
looks like a very tidy case and looks very popular on this thread. Would I be able to find a decent GFX card to fit in this case?
4. With the above in mind can anyone suggest a decent PSU? If I just pick a gold rated PSU around 400-450W would there be much difference in quality?
5. I never burn discs, but it may become useful to have a bluray player, would something like this be ok: (http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/pioneer-optical-drive-bdc207dbk)?
Thanks in advance for all your help
(and have a happy new year)
1. Why? Its much more wife friendly to just wake it from sleep. You actually will probably come out ahead financially if you didn't add an IR header as the cost of that header likely is more than any small energy savings as a HTPC only uses a few watts while sleeping. Plus that header is adding to e-waste so if you are doing it to be green this is also counter productive.
2. I can't comment as I am in the US.
4. Get a good PSU manufacturer in the 400-500w range. And know that some "modular" PSUs aren't fully modular and if they aren't they won't decrease clutter as significantly.
5. All you need is a bluray player (not a burner --- unless you want one) to play and rip blurays. Note that to play bluray discs you will need third party software ($50-$100) as this is not supported in Win7 or 8.