Budget HTPC/Steam Box Spec
As we're now all PC gamers in my house, I decided that I finally had a damn good excuse to build a gaming capable HTPC.
I don't have the budget to build an all out beast but I think I've specced up a decent rig with a good upgrade path for my £600 budget. Already have a Win7 licence for it, a PCI-e wireless adapter (won't need this right now as it'll be wired, but may need it when we move house) and wireless KB/M and we all have our own wired Xbox pads to use with it.
The plan is to run XBMC in Win7 with a link to Steam Big Picture - there is no intention for this machine to be used for anything else as we already have my main rig for general use and my daughter also has her own PC in her room now - this one's purely for entertainment.
Please take a look at my spec below and let me know what you think. The one thing I've been obsessing over is the CPU - I've gone the Intel route despite the fact that AMD offer theoretically faster CPUs at this lower price point, but I think an i3 will stand up for the next 12 months at which point I should be able to upgrade to an i5 if necessary and this is why I decided on Intel - there seems to be a better upgrade path. As the other two machines in the house are also 1150 based, it means that when I upgrade any of them, I can roll out a small upgrade to the other machines too.
Case - Silverstone Grandia GD05 Desktop HTPC Case
PSU - Corsair Builder Series CX 430w Modular '80 Plus Bronze'
Mobo - Gigabyte H87M-HD3 Intel H87 (Socket 1150) DDR3 Micro ATX
CPU - Intel Core i3-4130 3.40GHz (Haswell) Socket LGA1150
RAM - Avexir MPower Yellow Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9
HDD (may add in a boot SSD later, for now I feel a SSHD offers a decent balance between cost/performance/storage) - Seagate SSHD 7200RPM 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache
ODD - OcUK Value 4x BD-ROM
GPU - Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X WindForce 3X OC 2048MB
Any suggestions on where I could improve this rig without tipping the £600 mark? This currently comes in at £595.92 - can't get much closer than that!