So, I'm looking to "cut the cord" so to speak to save some money in the long run. I'm looking to build my first HTPC, but having a background building gaming rigs leaves me a bit deserted here. I'm used to building with a high budget, but this will not be. However, I am looking to do something different. I have an old stereo unit (furniture) which is fairly large. (I will post a picture as soon as I can for reference) I would like to gut this and turn it into my HTPC unit. Does anyone have any suggestions or point me somewhere to find information about doing something like this?
Here's what I will be using the HTPC for: Bluray Disc playback, DVD playback, OTA HD programming, show recording and playback (not worried about commercial skipping software right now). The rest of my show watching will be done through the internet. My general philosophy for building has always been, "If you can't afford the best right now, at least get the best motherboard you can afford. You can always upgrade components later." I will assume this still applies?
I've been surfing the guides for a few days now. So I know I will have to invest a few bucks to get to where I want to be. (Luckily my wife is on board as well, though she is a little reluctant about the modification) Let me know what you guys think and the basics that I will need to get started. Any help is appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.