This looks great, jwrober, and yes, I'd love to see pics when you're done. You can e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org
or post them in this thread if you have a third-party file server you can use.
By the way, I've converted your parts list to Amazon links so readers can jump straight to the components. I also made a couple notations in your list, as follows:
(1) the Western Digital 3TB Green is EOL, and has been replaced with the 3TB Blue
. It's identical, but with the Blue you know you're getting newer stock. Feel free to go with either of course.
(2) The UJ-265 Blu-Ray burner seems to be EOL, so I linked to the UJ-272
. Please be aware that this will NOT play Blu-Ray movies out of the box, as it requires add-on software like PowerDVD
, which, I should note, gets very lukewarm reviews. This is just another barrier put in place by industry to keep us enthusiasts from enjoying the content we've paid for!
(3) The Noctua NH-L9x65
is an excellent cooler choice. Note that you don't need to buy thermal paste as it includes Noctua NT-H1 in the box, which is the best paste out there. You also get a low-noise adapter, which reduces voltage to the fan. I highly recommend you use it for HTPC purposes.
One last thing I'll just mention here: the Corsair CX450M
is a great low-cost power supply, but you're building a very high-end HTPC. I'd highly recommend upgrading to the EVGA Supernova 550 GS
, which is fully-modular, Gold-rated, and includes a zero-fan option for low-load operation. Yes, it's about twice the price, but it's a good investment for an HTPC of this caliber.