I have spent the last few days checking around for good parts on review sites, luckily Scan.co.uk had all the parts I decided on, so an SS: Comes up to around £444 (1.34am edit: free delivery and scansure excluded) This will be for: Divx/Xvid SD playback, H.264 720p/1080p HD playback, and maybe some Youtube/BBC iPlayer. Also will run a 2TB drive that my main PC will backup files to on a daily schedule automatically. -- I am still undecided on my choice of Motherboard and Case. I will definitely want MicroATX so I can have additional PCI slots should onboard audio/ethernet ever die later on down the road, besides they're priced around the same as their Mini-ITX versions, so no loss there. Asus P7H55-M Pro or Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H Both look good, what I want importantly is being able to control the voltage of my CPU and case fans, so I can drop them to 9v instead of the full 12v. Or at least temperature control so I can fine tune when it should ramp up fan RPM at a certain threshold. -- For the case - Silverstone GD05 or Antec Fusion Remote Black The Antec is a bit more expensive due to the LCD panel and Remote, and I have no idea if the remote is any good. I want to be able to play/pause/rewind/forward in any media player I use, be it MPC-HC, KMPlayer, VideoLAN and others. And easily binding keys such as F1, F2, Ctrl+[ Ctrl+] to control subtitle sync. Although I may go get a Logitech diNovo Mini or a Lenovo N5901 instead, as I will occasionally need to browse to Subscene and download new subtitles as I do end up with rubbish english subtitles sometimes. I also want good dust filters on the case! -- Other notes: I won't be getting a BD Drive as I have my PS3 for that, might get one later down the road when they're cheaper if I do want it though! And also a £35 Sapphire HD 5450 discrete fanless card is an option if I come across issues with Intel's HD Graphics. RAM I assume is fine, cheap value ram and it passes QVL for the Asus board at least. The 2TB is just to store content backed up from my PC (it'll be like a NAS, kind of). I have a 60GB OCZ Agility SSD already lying around that I can use as the Windows boot drive. I am also wondering if I should wait for Sandy bridge's i3-2120 and motherboard on February 20th for a few quid more, doesn't hurt to future-proof it a bit further. I think that's everything! I'm happy to buy parts elsewhere as well if I'm to change any of the specs.