Your thoughts for an HTOC build

conkydoc

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I have trolled multiple forums, but I need help/advice for a specific situation for a new HTPC. My requirements are as follows:

Use: Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Email, Net browsing, streaming from my windows home server, replacement for my living room so I do not have to buy an ipad!! If possible would like to use for primary Blu-ray player (do need dolby trueHD support etc.)

Important connections reqd: Connect to a 55" plasma TV (via HDMI). Audio to be processed by a Denon AV receiver. And if possible would like to connect through HDMI to AV receiver which is connected to TV.

Budget: 500 - 700

Time to buy: asap

Need to buy all components. Would like small form factor (if no compromise in performance)

Would like the community's advice for component suggestions and also for technical difficulties I might run into when connecting to TV and AV receiver.

Thanks in advance.
 
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8GB for HTPC? And 500W for a LLano system? Way overkill.

SILVERSTONE Black 8.0mm aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body GRANDIA GD04B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163158

SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151086

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz 4MB L2 Cache Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3850WNGXBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942

GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128511...

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8GB for HTPC? And 500W for a LLano system? Way overkill.

SILVERSTONE Black 8.0mm aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body GRANDIA GD04B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163158

SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151086

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz 4MB L2 Cache Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3850WNGXBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942

GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128511

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104203

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151232

This will last for years! The only improvement you can do is to add a SSD. If you have a file server and you can get files from there then I would only add a small SSD for operating system!


513,55 $
 
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conkydoc

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Did some research on the APU. There seem to be compatibility issues. My biggest concern is video quality on a 55" plasma. Also, none have commented on whether a audio card is required. I would really like to be able to run one HDMI with viedo and audio to my reciever.