The big bad PC that was my family's HTPC went off to college last fall with our youngest child. We've been missing it!
I want to build a new HTPC. This one will go in the TV stand under the TV, and will plug into our Denon A/V receiver via HDMI. Our other HTPC acted as a media server for our network. I'll stuff some big hard drives into the new one for storage of music, video, photos and movies.
I want to play BD quality movies from media and from ripped/downloaded files. Our cable TV provider will not sell cable cards, so can't use the box as a DVR sadly. We won't be gaming on this box. I'd like to be able to run the thing with my Harmony (can't remember the version) remote. I want it to be very quiet - we have an Xbox 360, and it's too noisy for my tastes.
I am an IT guy, but my skills and experience are all in the realm of business networks etc. My head is a little full of all that crap to do a deep dive into HTPC tech, so I am looking for a little advice. I have access to any hardware I want, and my company is a Microsoft Parter, so I have a copy of Windows 8 at my disposal.
I was thinking of using an i3 - 4120 CPU, 4GB of ram, and an SSD for the OS, a 3-4 TB HDD for media. I'm a fan of Asus motherboard, so would like to stick them for a M/B.
Does the integrated video on this CPU allow me to play HD content efficiently?
I have owned many AMD processors in the past as well, is there a strong case to be made for using an AMD processor instead of the i3 - 4130?
Which motherboard suits HTPC use best?
I am having a hard time finding a case, seems like most manufacturer's think HTPCs are old news. What is reccomended/available these days?
Thanks for your input!