My brother asked me yesterday about HTPC's. We'd like to look at building one in the next couple of weeks. I have never used, built, or spec'd out an HTPC so I really don't know what goes into them. Thus, I turn to the all knowing Tom's community for guidance!!
Items needed: Tower and all inside including OS
Items not needed: Peripherals - keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, etc.
Preferred vendors: Newegg & Tiger
Thoughts: Need HDMI out to TV. Local cable provider uses coaxial cable to house connected to a digital converter box - doubt if the box can be eliminated, not sure how that works.
Other than this, I don't know exactly what to look for for components in a HTPC.