PARTS: get a media center remote. they are very handy and can be as cheap as $30.
WEBSITES: newegg.com has the best search tools and great prices. once you decide on specific components, price check them against buy.com, zipzoomfly.com, and tigerdirect.com.
PARTS: i wouldn't put a core i7 in a home theater pc because they run fairly hot and need a relatively noisy cooler. if you plan on doing mp4 encoding, a core2quad q8200 ($150) is a good choice. if you just plan on viewing hd content, a core2duo e7400 ($110) will be adequate. both can run fine in small cases with a low-profile cooler. if you must have the latest tech, the core i5 is a better choice for a media center pc since it runs cooler and will be cheaper (full feature p55 based mobos will be around $130 compared the $180 minimum price for an x58 based mobo).
you'll need a decent video card to handle HD decoding and light gaming -- i suggest a radeon hd 4670.
Good Morning! New to the forum, but this is my 2nd build. Last build was in 2000 so I feel like a newb again. I have a few questions regarding my plans, see below, and thank you in advance:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I plan to finish the build Oct 22nd so I can pick up Windows 7 to complete.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Full home entertainment system(movies, web browsing, gaming, music). Would like full functionability in living room.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, speakers, mouse.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have been looking on tigerdirect mostly, but am open to suggestions for best prices.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor Core i7, or is it worth it to wait for the i5? Asus mobo(used last time and loved it, open to suggestions for good pairing with intel). Still need help with better memory, hard drive, dvd(blu-ray), and video card brands.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Once again, ultimate goal is to have a very nice, up to date computer system to watch movies, a little gaming, web browsing of course, listen to music. Plan to use this as a centralized entertainment system, I want movies, and music available at the click of a button.