[QUOTE=DiiZzY;2124711]As for memory you’re better off with these Mushkin RAM which is cheaper and runs at stock 1.8v which the PQI Turbo doesnt (you may/may not run into compatibility issues).
What’s more, that PQI Turbo does not specify an operating DIMM voltage. In other words, you might get one which runs just fine on the standard 1.8V, or one which requires 2.0V just to run reliably…
[QUOTE=DiiZzY;2124711]Step up to the AMD Athlon X2 4850e it’s 10 bucks more (even less if you go with the Mushkin memory) and it’s 400Mhz more per core. It would be highly unwise to pass on this one.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=DiiZzY;2124711]I’m not sure why this PSU got recommended but for gods sake get one with 120mm if you’re going to build a HTPC that’s silent. If you want Seasonic (which makes really good PSUs) I’d recommend the “SeaSonic S12 II SS-330GB” which is ~13 bucks more expensive but does feature a 120mm fan (rotates slower which means less noice) and has a 6-pin PCIe connector in case you want to add a video card later on.
True. Seasonic makes a few different lines of power supply units. Some of their lower-end units use smaller, noisier fans in order to save themselves money. But such units aren’t all that much less expensive than their 120mm fan-equipped cousins.
[QUOTE=DiiZzY;2124711]Also, when choosing a HDD go for one with two platters or less to keep down the heat and of course noise.[/QUOTE]
The 640GB WD drive recommended above uses a two-platter design. The currently available 1TB drives, on the other hand, all require three or more platters in order to achieve this capacity point.