A very comprehensive start.
One possible category to think about.
Minimum spec SFF HTPC .
A 1st and only PC in the house for a noob with a TV.
Not a console killer but some games should be possible.
A bare minimum PC.
I’m thinking with a A-10 or A-12? or whatever Ryzen-A AMD has next.
Must Haves (in order of importance):
enough GPU Horsepower to accelerate video playback
SSD Storage space for performance
4 core multi threaded performance
GPU for 3d gaming
WI-Fi. Wireless peripherals
DVD, Blu-Ray playback
Proposed min spec build
Part Model Rationale
Case + PSU
< I’m cheating. I wouldn’t wish this PSU on an enemy >
Logisys - - CS6801BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case w/350W Power Supply
I have read / seen some good reviews for this cheap & basic combo PSU + case. $41
Motherboard - - Gigabyte - GA-F2A68HM-H
Inexpensive board $50
CPU - - AMD - A10-7860k 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
GPU - - Radeon R7 iGPU.
Powerful enough for light gaming and general usage $89
RAM - - Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Cheap ram. $55
Storage - - PNY - CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $65
Storage - - Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $40.
Wireless Rosewill - RNX-N250PCe PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n WI-Fi Adapter. $15
I figured this user would be using an ISP provided WI-Fi gateway.
Internal Lite-On - iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer. $15
This build should come to around $400 plus another $100 for a wireless Keyboard, mouse and Xbox controller.