I'm thinking of building a computer for the first time. I plan to use it as an HTPC. I want to connect it to an external antenna for live sports watching, stream video (Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, etc.) and rip my DVD/Blu Ray collection to it. I also plan to play some old games on emulators. I would appreciate any tips or feedback on the parts, how to go about building it, etc. Thanks!

Case: MI-008 Tower Black P4 Chassis with 250W Itx Psu+sata Power Supply

MOBO: ASRock A75M-ITX FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

APU: AMD A4-3400 APU with AMD Radeon 6410 HD Graphics 2.7GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail (AD3400OJHXBOX)

Cooler: Thermaltake Slim X3 Low Profile 36mm Height CPU Cooler CLP0534

RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120G

HDD: Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: LG Electronics UH12LS29;BLACK/BULK Internal SATA 12x Super Multi DVD Blue with 3D Playback

Tuner Card: Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 White Box for System Builders Dual Hybrid PCI-E TV Tuner Board

I plan to buy a remote adapter to use my Logitech Harmony One, a wireless keyboard w/ trackpad, and a couple XBox controllers as well. Do I need to buy a case fan, and will one fit?

I also plan to use Windows 7 as an OS, but run XBMC for most of the media.

Thanks again for your help.

Posted 4 years ago