An old, used Dell small form factor computer from Ebay, refreshed and re-purposed to become an HTPC. I could have just bought a Blu-Ray player to handle all my physical disc and Netflix needs, but that would be no fun :)
The PC itself came with a 250GB HDD. It was still working despite the caddy busting loose and slamming around during shipment. I needed something cheap with a bit more speed, so the 60GB Flare does the trick. I also ordered an adapter and a new caddy to replace the old one.
There is only a low profile PCI Express slot with a 25W power limit, which normally would be a good place for the GT 1030 to shine! Except, none were available at a reasonable price at the time. Instead I went with a GT 710, since it was about half as much and all I needed it to do was display aspect ratios and resolutions that were more useful than 1024x768.
The case came with lots of scrapes and scratches... I
painted scribbled all over it with permanent marker. Now I can't see the scratches anymore. Problem solved.
The original optical drive would power on and open up, but any time it tried to read a disk it sounded like an angry bee fart. It was also nearly 10 years old. After ordering a replacement, I realized the fit was a bit loose, so I grabbed some Lego bricks and made a high-tech wedge. I threw in a mini-figure as a fairy guardian of the OEM PSU, to protect it from exploding.