I'm looking to build a new dedicated HTPC. I'm currently using a full tower with an old single core cpu. I'm replacing my entertainment center with a minimalistic cabinet and mounting the tv on the wall so I want the HTPC to look nice sitting on the cabinet rather than off to the side looking out of place. I figure while I'm at it, I should rebuild the HTPC to keep up with the times.
I want 1080p video over HDMI and the capability to run many/most modern games on med-high graphic settings.
I also do a lot of streaming of networked media so perhaps I should consider an upgraded network card. Thoughts?
I have a motherboard and 2 graphics cards I'd like to use, if possible, to minimize cost.