I am building an HTPC for my parent's home. I have less than a week to research because I need to have it built and ready to go in two weeks. The budget is around 2500 but that is flexible. It's going to be used for watching tv, not gaming.
I am new to this stuff and I need help. I have built a PC before, but I still don't know a lot about this. I have been researching a bit lately, but it is hard to figure out where to begin. I am hoping you guys can ask my questions to narrow down what it is exactly that I want.
This is going to be from scratch, meaning I also need to purchase a TV as well.
The majority of the $ will be going toward the TV, which is going to be 55" at the very minimum. Should have specified that, sorry.
Basically, what the HTPC will be used for is:
-Netflix/Watching movies that we have downloaded/blueray movies
-Streaming youtube videos
-Viewing family pictures
I have Dish network. The Dish already has DVR playback. That has nothing to do with the HTPC - that is just something separate, because I think it will be too much of a hassle to integrate satellite into the HTPC.
It will be HDMI. We do have an external hard drive, but I'm sure it won't be enough and we'll have to store things in the HTPC hard-drive, or if it gets too loud, upstairs on the desktop PC and then network it to the HTPC downstairs somehow.
I was going to start from here
, but a lot of that stuff in the link is over my head. From what I gather, I should figure out the type of mobo, because that will determine the type of case (form factor). It's a shame that the most recent edition (holiday edition) - he is making you pay for
I'm the type of person that likes to research everything to death before purchasing, to ensure that I get the most bang for my buck. So I tend to stray away from generic cookie cutter build recommendations, especially if it is outdated. But I would still consider the various parts on an individual basis.
Anything would be appreciated including:
- links to guides for htpcs
- links to good deals for tvs/pc parts
- any advice/guidance
Budget wise for the actual HTPC - I was thinking 400, 600 at the very most but I'd prefer to stay under. I already have an OS CD for win 7 so that isn't an issue
My parents have DISH network - at first I was not going to bother integrating it. But I just want to be sure. Is it really a big hassle? I thought it was based on reading this.
Is a HTPC w/ Dish Network possible? - DBSTalk.Com
Am I missing something? Do I not just need a tuner card and coax? Also, the DISH receiver is upstairs, and the HTPC will be downstairs, so that may be another problem right?
As far as the CPU - could I not just buy a decent CPU and then offload some the processing power to the GPU - is that feasible? I heard it may not work in Netflix though.
So here is what I am thinking for price range:
- ~$60 (most likely microATX)
- ~$60 (maybe a dual core AMD?)
- ~$80 (HDCP-capable, and maybe even passively cooled)
- ~$40 (ddr3, 2gb is fine, 4 is overkill)
- ~$70 (2TB!)
- ~$?? (modular?)
- will I need to buy this?
- Win7 Home 32 bit (I have the trial version)
- XMBC or WMC (free)
- ~$1500 (55+", HDMI, 1080P)
Speakers - ~?? (surround wireless? Probably too expensive)
Remote - ~?? (MCE?)
How does that all look? Am I missing things? Wireless card? Do I need that? Should I do OTA HD?
Thanks for all the help.