So my girlfriend has been bugging me to pitch in to buy a PS4 with her to share at her place. I agreed but also pitched her the idea of an HTPC instead. As soon as I mentioned I'd install all the Sims games for her, I had her swayed. She's going to pitch in $300 and I don't want to put much more than $450 myself.A few months ago I upgraded to an X99 build with a 5820k in my desktop. I'm very satisfied with X99, but this time, I think I want to try a Skylake build, because I think it offers better performance per dollar for more budgeted PC's. Here's what I've put together really quickly, with reasoning why I chose each part.Intel Core i5 - 6600k
: best price/performance ratio currently (especially after overclock)G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 3200 8Gb ( 2 x 4 Gb)
: I like G.Skill, seems to be one of the cheapest kits, and is pretty dang fast.ASRock ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming Z170 Gaming-ITX
Very solid reviews. Cheap. Has Bluetooth + Wifi built in (which I need). Seems to overclock well enough.Corsair 250D ITX Case
I own a Corsair 450D Mid-tower for my desktop system and I'm extremely satisfied with it. I dig the sleek minimalist look and the dust filters eliminated my dust maintenance worries. I'm thinking ITX instead of mATX because I need this build to be compact enough to fit in a compartment within my home theater. Apparently this is 11.5" tall and that's cutting it extremely close (I think the compartment I'm trying to fit it into is exactly 11.5").Samsung 850 Pro 256 Gb
This is the exact SSD I have in my desktop. I was considering getting the Evo here to save some money but I'm worried that it's not going to last nearly as long or perform as well in the long run. Any input here?Logitech K400 Keyboard Refurbished
To use the PC conveniently when I don't want to bust out all the wires. Couch surfing, movies, casual gaming for girlfriend (Sims)
This all brings me to about $750, accounting that I'll be adding a ~$50 PSU.
I don't have power supply picked out. Knowing I'm going to upgrade to a higher end GPU in the future when NVIDIA launches their next line up, could someone recommend me a power supply that's cheap, but reliable and quiet? I'm guessing I don't need more than 500W, right?
I have an older lightly used 1Tb hard drive I plan to reuse and I'm going to reuse an old ATI 5850 I have laying around. Then when NVIDIA launches their next line up I'll pick up whatever sits in the value sweet spot. The 5850 is better than Intel's integrated graphics for the 6600k, right? My mentality here is to maximize my budget on quality parts and re-use what I have laying around so I can do another upgrade down the road to my GPU (spending $300-$400). I also have an old Hyper 212 Evo laying around. Must be nearly a decade old. Is that going to work or is it going to be an incompatible fit with the new chipset? I have a bunch of extra fans to use so buying fans shouldn't be an issue, but I'm not sure how I'd clip them onto my Hyper 212. I also have a wired mouse and wired keyboard I'm going to re-use for gaming until I can afford new ones.
Also, if there's anything nifty worth looking at for HTPC in terms of peripherals, I'm all ears. Thanks guys.