The list author says: "Why build just a gaming PC when you can build a gaming HTPC for just a little more. Record HDTV from OTA, satellite, or cable. Play Blu-ray and even 3D Blu-ray (with 3D HDTV). Now you have a complete Home Entertainment System.
Some of this stuff is cheaper here on Amazon, but most of it is cheaper on a different site (you know the one).
This all adds up in price but you can buy some of it at a later date, the starter set up is only about $1200 for day one Blu-ray, HDTV DVR, and High-end Gaming. You can run any game at the highest settings, and it will run smooth as can be. If you are playing massive multiplayer games with more than 16 or so players, you'll want faster RAM, and dual graphics cards.
Make sure the SATA Data Cables that you are using are rated for the added bandwidth of 6Gb/s, most are, even if only marked SATA II but some older ones won't cut it. This MoBo provides 4 SATA III and 2 SATA II cables.
Set up your BIOS not to POST the HDDs and change your start programs in your system manager, and you should get a system that boots completely within 15 seconds or so. Plus, the HDDs will last longer since they won't be spinning up every time you restart your system."
"Best Thermal Compound. Great viscosity, high thermal conductance, electrically nonconductive. The key to proper install is to use the smallest amount possible and to apply it with one continuous 1/2" bead. Use additive free Isopropyl alcohol to remove the compound from the stock cooler."
"True Gen 3 in ALL aspects. 2x PCIe 2.0 (3.0 w/ 22nm CPU) x16 (1@16 or 2@8) 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 @ max of 4 2x PCIe 2.0 x1 2x PCI 2x SATA III and 4x SATA II @ raid + 2x SATA III non-raid 2x USB 3.0 rear + 2x onboard 8x USB 2.0 rear + 4x onboard 1x Intel 1Gb LAN + 1x Realtek 1Gb LAN 1x Power eSATA + 1x eSATA ASUS Bluetooth coolness"
"2 sticks of 4GB is all you really need (8GB total), or cheap enough to get two for 4 sticks (16GB total). Asus needs to update their supported RAM list (not many 8gig dual channel options listed). Cas latency is @ 8-8-8-24 (i5 just eats this up)"
"Just the OS for me (Physical Partition). Perfect fit for Win7 Pro 64bit. Approx. 33 GB So, if you wanted to; you could install approx. 2-8 games or apps as well. These drives are the biggest reason this computer runs so smoothly even tasked hard."
"For permanent media storage i.e. music, audio books, pictures, video... Get a second inexpensive drive for DVR. This doesn't need to be a SATA III drive, but this is a nice, and fast drive for mass-storage, great for creating a home network or a media library."
"Great plastic SSD holder. Can accommodate two 2.5" drives but I suggest to buy two for better cable care if you have the room. One downside is that this cannot be used with hot swap or other drive cages that have cards in the back for quick connectivity as this bracket will not align the ports in the correct location. If that is needed then go with the Newer Technology AdaptaDrive bracket."
"Lite-On Drives are the ONLY ODDs that I have ever used that are truly ultra quiet and stay that way for years. <4db @ 2 meters. I canít ever hear any of these drives over the ultra quite fan noise. Name an ODD brand, and I have used it, and I have had multiple examples of each, all within 6 months start to growl and fail to read flawless discs. Iíll give ASUS a shot when my first Lite-On dies."
"I have one of these set at region 2 for foreign films not available in North America. La Lectrice: Ahh Miou-Miou! Some of the greatest movies ever made, were made first in a foreign country, years before Hollywood got it's hands them."
"A must for digital cable, if you want computer control over the selection of channels and possibly scheduling. If you can put up with controlling your cable through the set top box while you record it; then use the HDMI Colossus. I don't have this or need it, but from the reviews itís a stand up product for what it does."
"I don't have this yet, reviews are great and all the cables should be long enough to reach everything even in a full tower. Gold rated and Modular. If you are only going to run one graphics card, youíll only need a 550w. The Antec EA-380D 550w is great at about $50."
"ALL Aluminum Extended ATX Tower with 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA, line in & out 3.5mm HD audio jacks, 5x 5.25 ext. bays, 10x 3.5 int. bays, bottom (or top) mounted PSU, 2x 140mm blue LED intake fans with washable filter, 2x 120mm exhaust fans. Tons of options for mods because it's a LIAN LI. Big enough to fit an entire water cooling system in it. The PC-60FN is a great option too."
"Class up the front of any new Lian Li aluminum case. This negates the use of tool-less ODD retainers as the drive must sit farther back in the drive bay. Frozen CPU, Cooler Guys, and Performance-PCs are great places to find this. These are plastic with a cladded aluminum face, be careful pulling the case face off, so it wont catch the edge of these."
"3.0 all the way. Most of the readers I've seen only offer pass-through USB 3.0 but the cards are read via a USB 2.0 header. This reader operates completely via USB 3.0 header. Buy the first card above since the MoBo only comes with one USB 3.0 Header, and you need one for the case's front ports."
"Add onboard bluetooth, wifi, hidden drives, card readers,... This takes 1 int. USB buss and changes it to 3 int. and 2 ext. Comes with 20" USB header cable, Molex pass through w/ 4" 2 pin power pigtail and velcro."
"Big Sound, Little Package. Unless you're an audiophile, these Logitechs are awesome especially for the price. You really don't need to spend $500 on a sound system just to be moderately to highly impressed. Seriously, this a great option for family rooms too. Add 2.0 speakers as your front channels for 7.1 An audiophile can go ahead and spend $12,000 on a system... I'll stick with these."
"I just bought this since it seems like it might be endangered. Logitech doesn't even stock it. 1 trigger, 1 thumb stick and 4 buttons on the crown, 1 thumb button on the stick, throttle control lever and six buttons on the pad. The stick does rotate on the Z-axis (rudder control). This thing has some serious mass. Right handed only. :("
"Wired or wireless, usable while charging, 5 profile presets, 1000rps, 5700dpi, right and left main buttons, clickable 4 way scrolling wheel, 4 extra buttons on top and 4 extra buttons by the thumb, 13 macro programable buttons in total. Runs on 1 AA NiMH battery."
"30 foot range, uses two AA NiMH rechargable Batteries. I am getting about 4 weeks on a charge, with two hours a day of solid writing use. This is one of the only illuminated wireless keyboards on the market."
"Battlefront II requires a microphone to be installed and enabled for the game to work with Windows 7. It's odd but the game will crash when you try to load a battle without a microphone. USB, 3.5mm jack, or even a web cam will work. Even headphones in the mic jack will work."
"Yah that's right... I'm a Sims nerd. I Got this, and all of the expansion packs, and I love them all. Look for Sims 3 Plus packs, they include the newest expansion pack to save you some money. Keep an eye out for limited editions too."