My suggestions (bearing in mind that I'm not from the US and so might not be getting you the best deal):
CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK Thor's hammer HDT-S126384
- $69.99 ($49.99 After Rebate) + $2.99 shipping
Why? Well, for starters It works perfectly well fanless
. Besides that, it can keep an i7 920 @ 3.44 Ghz cool at load without fans. It's a beastily heatsink for a fanless setup.
One of the following:
Geil Value PLUS 2x2GB DDR3 1333 Mhz
- $39.99+0.99 shipping
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 2x2GB DDR3 1600 Mhz
- $44.99+0.99 shipping
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 2x2GB DDR3 1600 Mhz CL8
- $44.99 ($34.99 After Rebate)
Why? Well, first off, the Geil Value RAM is cheaper, the Mushkin is better and the OCZ is better and cheaper, but runs at a higher voltage and has the OCZ reputation for RAM to contend with.
Power Supply: Seasonic SS-560KM
- $120.99 + $10.72 Shipping
Why would I recommend such an expensive power supply? (At least, relative to everything else...)
Well, my understanding of your budget was that it is pretty much limitless. At least, as far as building a PC of this spec is concerned. This power supply has even more overkill than the one you're specifying in terms of power, but more than that, it's ALSO 80+ Gold rated, and will be fanless until it starts to get too hot, at which point, the fan will kick in. That means if your other unit would start to get too hot because your PC hasn't got enough airflow, then this one won't just die due to heat. It'll start to cool itself down.
Now, as for the case - I understand you picked it because it looks good, but from what I've read, it's not good to work with. If you really want a weird looking case, you might want to consider this:
LIAN LI PC-T1R Red Aluminum Mini-ITX Test Bench Computer Case
- $79.99 + $9.99 Shipping.
(There's also a Black Version
It'd keep your parts in the open, allowing the natural convection of air to play a role in the cooling of the computer (as I expect you want it to), without looking like... Well, like the other one does. Plus the other one has a fan in it, and you might not want to have a fan motionless? Also, it's cheaper, and while it would limit you to m-ITX, that's not really a big issue when we're talking about HTPC, is it?
My main gripe with your current case is that if you're still going for a silent build, you probably won't be able to fit a silent CPU cooler on it easily.
Here are some reviews for you on your current choice of case:
Since the case is quite a personal part of the case, I suggest you work out what you want to put there yourself.
If I may ask, why no Blu-Ray drive? I mean, if you were willing to get an i7 originally, I'd've expected you to at least have considered one?
Also, why not consider a 5900rpm 2TB hard drive
, instead of the 7200rpm 1.5TB drive? It ought
to be quieter and more energy efficient with more space for all of that precious media, and since load times of games etc aren't going to be an issue, your only "real" downside will be as it boots up.Edited by Korlus - 2/8/11 at 11:33am