Long time listener, first time caller. "DING" Any reviews/corrections/opinions are extremely appreciated.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: When it's right.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000
SYSTEM USAGE: HTPC, Internet TV, Home Media
NOT REQUIRED: Addition to theater system (HDTV, Receiver, Speakers, Universal Remote), KB, Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
OVERCLOCKING: No plans
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080i @ 60Hz
You'll want an AM3 board if you plan on making use of DDR3 RAM. I also suggest getting RAM running 1333MHz.
Also, a high-end HTPC would have either a dual-core Clarkdale or a quad-core AII w/ a lower-end 5xxx series card. Both options allow for HD audio bitstreaming, and a bit more graphics processing power than that HD 4200 can provide.