I'm back at it again, would really like some input from you guys. The budget this time is between $300-$500 CDN (before 13% taxes).
I am torn between a very small form factor HTPC, or a mid level gaming rig. I do have an R9 270X on hand that has no use, so no need for a GPU. Obviously, if an HTPC is chosen the GPU will be saved for another day. Most of my builds have been with the AMD FX series (FX4100 through 8320) so I would like to steer away from those if possible to change it up a bit. Considering either the i5 4430/4440 or an A8/A10/Athlon 5000 depending on which way the build goes. This is what I have come up with so far: