Wanted to get my hands dirty in making an HTPC. The purpose would be to play local media (no plans for network storage yet) and stream HD videos online (Youtube, etc...). Secondary purposes include general web browsing and light gaming (D3, SC2, some shooters from the past 2 years) at low or moderate settings. Budget = 500-700 CAD
Requirements include a thin enclosure (I don't want a full-sized ATX pc on its side) and for it to be, of course, tolerably quiet in a typical living room.
Here is my shopping list of parts and general ideas
Case: Silverstone ML03
CPU/MB: not yet determined (leaning towards FM2 + Trinity APU)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B
PSU: Seasonic G-series 360W SSR-360GP
SSD: any 60GB SSD
HDD: any 3.5" 1TB HDD
ODD: deferred (no physical media)
RAM: any 2x2GB 1600MHz or higher
NIC: deferred (wired; might try wireless USB dongle; later upgrade if needed)
Mouse + Keyboard: Visiontek Candyboard
(or other suggestions?)
Remote: My Galaxy Nexus with XBMC App
The thing that's still most up in the air is the CPU/MB. Trinity is just around the corner! I'm kind of excited. I was debating an ivy bridge i3 with HD4000 graphics, but I wanted something with a bit more flexibility. However, your input is appreciated - I kind of expect trinity and ivy bridge to be more than adequate for HTPC purposes.
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated (especially around short cases, CPU , cooler , and keyboard/mouse options) thanks!