Hi first post
I have been looking at HTPC for awhile and decided my next computer build will be centered around it.
Its been awhile since I built a computer so technology has kinda passed me up some (5 years)
Anyway with my limited knowledge I came across this processor
I figured it was cost effective enough for what I am doing.
So I was wondering which MOBO features are necessary and which can be left out? I would like to try out a intel based board for this build.
I do plan on building on a Micro ATX platform. Also I want to use a ssd with W7 for applications and a large HDD for storage.
I will probably go with 4gb of ram at the fastest speed the MOBO can use.
I plan on picking out my parts and then figure out the PSU in order to avoid overkill.
I am not sure if gaming will be in the mix because I dont know the pros and cons if integrating it into a HTPC build. Most likely I will concentrate on leaving it out, but would like to have the option.
I also would like to have onboard GPU along with HDMI to the TV. But I still want the ability to install a standalone GPU at a later date.
Last thing I can think of at the moment is that I will be using cable TV and cable internet.
Another thing I would like is to be able to record my shows while at work (something like TIVO) and edit out commercials. (Sorry I am very new to this, but I learn quick!!)
I thank everybody for any help.