Well the new B3 motherboards are here.
From everything I read, you'd be crazy not to get a Sandy Bridge Processor for HTPC right now.
Why? Low Power usage, no need for discrete graphics, HD bitstreaming, cost effective, QuickSync.
The following is a build I am considering. Curious what folks think.
I am not going to bother with a DVD or Blu-ray drives since it will not be needed because ripping will be done on another more powerful computer. If i need a DVD or Blu-ray drive, I will install later.
I debated a SSD but feel its not necessary. This machine will be a music and photo server also and will likely be on about 12 hours a day so start up time is not critical. If in a year, the price of SSDs come down, I will swap then.
I think 4GB of Ram should be more than sufficient but would appreciate input.
- Intel Core i3 2120 Processor
- Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H-B3 H67 USB3.0 Motherboard
- 4GB Ram
- 1TB HDD Western Digital Blue
- Seasonic SS-400ET 400W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply
- Nmedia HTPC-1000B Desktop Media Centre Case mATX Black
- Windows 7
Software to be installed will likely include:
- Total Media Theatre