Long time reader (years) first to writer from Ontario, Canada. I've decided to cut cable and I've come to the conclusion that an HTPC is the way to go (Roku/Boxee Box don't seem to cut it anymore). I was hoping I could get some ideas and opinions from the more learned contributors.
Approximately $500 - $600 CAD.
The purpose of this HTPC is so I can cut cable TV entirely.
It will be used for viewing Netflix, Youtube, and channel sites such as Global TV, Nick.com, Family.ca, etc.
It will store and view hundreds of high dev movies and more will be recorded at a regular clip.
It will not be used for hardcore gaming. Gaming will be limited to what the wife finds on Facebook or similar games the kids find on their channel sites.
The HTPC will be wired to a high def TV via HDMI cable (currently 720p, but will be upgraded in the future)
It should be wired to the internet router, however Wifi capabilities are needed as well (see below).
It will be controled using a wireless keyboard/track ball.
Must be able to play Bluray/DVD.
Should have a number of media readers.
Needs to be relatively small.
What I've got:
I found a very useful build from StayFrosty on an earlier thread here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1326215/planning-an-htpc-build. I've used this build as a basis for my current build ideas.
My current build idea is here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nJSk
I would greatly appreciate if I could get some suggestions on this build. Would this work, at this price point, for what I'm looking for? Is this perhaps too much for our needs although we're trying to future proof? Does anyone have any better ideas?
Thanks very much, everyone.