Originally Posted by vChosen
That is probably the most unhelpful response I could have hoped for. Thanks anyways...
sorry about that, I thought it will be more helpful buying a pre-designed system. anyway, the prices you wrote must be older?
you will find media centre in Vista Home PREMIUM or Ultimate only, so, Home Premium being cheaper will be better.
N6600 will not be with pureVideo Technology, get series N8xxx video card. if you are building system based on AMD Processor, then get ATi's card. with AVIVO and for TV Tuners, don't buy separate Analogue and HD, buy a ATi/AMD HD TV Wonder Combo ATI TV Wonder™ 650 Combo PCI Express® - Overview
this will take care of both HD and Analogue TV as it comes with dual tuners.
and get a BlueRay Drive, that will as well write DVD's. so you don't have to buy a separate DVD+R drive.
building a system that will be absolute silent is not difficult, but will cost you handsome money, the Solid State Drive for O/S boot that saltynay recommended, a very good choice for deadly silent and fast O/S bootups, but expensive.
in cases, I will strongly recommend Antec Sonata II/III, they come ready with PSU and are built to silence. (both case design and PSU).
4GB RAM will not work entirely on Vista 32-Bits, as they can only support 3GB RAM, so unless you can find a pair of 1.5GB's Sticks, it will be BEST.
the sound cards that come on Motherboards in most cases are not very good, but I haven't tested the Azalia chip in Intel Chipsets Motherboards. I hope, that newer Intel chipset boards as well as RealTek ALC8xx chipset, should be very good, so better try using on-board audio, if you aren't satisfied, then go fo Creative X-Fi. as again, opposed to recommending X-Fi only I will recommend listening to the On-Board sound then buy creative.