I have built one sandy and one ivy bridge htpc for JUST hdmi 1080p to interface
with 1080p HDTV. Some have non-adjustable overscan.
Both work great. ITX case 6mb/s sata for ssd and 3mb/s for 1tb storage
I like I3 vs atom for web browsing and general win7 pc applications
No gaming just web streaming, blu-ray playing and wmc
Now I want to explore AMD solution that I hope is cheaper
BUT have no clue which cpu/gpu to select that is like I3
or even if a $32 video card will reduce system cost but boost performance.
It would give you better graphics performance but require more power then an intel solution. It could possibly be cheaper as it would not require a dedicated GPU and AMD mobo tend to be cheaper overall.