Ok, so Im building my first HTPC. Here are the capabilities I require...
1) Read video_ts files
2) Play hulu and netflix. Im looking for a mobo that can do hulu full screen--I know their flash player has some problems with hardware acceleration.
3)excellent picture quality-- full 1080p on a 52" hdtv
1) Upgrade to windows 7
2) TV tuner for OTA and/or Cable tv with recording
This is what i have
52" Samsug HDTV
80gb hard drive for windows and programs. media to be on another HDD.
1. Yes i would go with AthlonII X2/X3 and a wee bit of under volting in BIOS or K10Stat/PhenoMSRTweaker
2. Hmm not sure how flexible u are casing wise but when i do up HTPCs, etc some actually prefer shoe boxes with the ability to house a long powerful single GPU in case they get bitten by the gaming bug hehe