GPU: Typically, I never install a GPU in an HTPC, unless someone knows something I do not, the CPU will deliver 1080p HD without the need of a GPU. I am open to adding one, but I dont see why.
OS: Win 8.1 64bit
Here is where I need some additional help. This machine will be running PLEX for my media. I have about 6 people that stream off my Plex server from locations outside of my house. I am not too savy on Transcoding or other HTPC specific aspects. The HTPC will be connected to my router that has 60mb/s up and download. Can someone provide any insight if I need to adjust my build so that those that stream do not run into any lag or issues. I have read before that if your computer is slower in nature, it will require videos to be transcoded when they are streamed (vs direct play) this puts a load on my PC as well the people streaming tend to have low quality. Please let me know if there is something about my build that I will need to fix to prevent any issues with streaming.
Lastly, if you have any cool ideas or parts you know of for my build to include different MB's with black and red or aftermarket parts please share! Also if anyone lives near Baltimore and is really smart when it comes to liquid cooling, please let me know. I have never installed cooling before and want someone to help me with a set up. Like I have mentioned, I want to make something beautiful, nicer than this even if I can http://cdn.overclock.net/e/ea/900x900px-LL-ea205b69_parvumprogress.jpeg