I'm looking to build a new HTPC in the next couple of weeks. The focus of my research now comes down to the CPU and Motherboard. I'm not looking to spend more than I have to, but don't want to limit the HTPC's. It should be able to play all media without problems. I've heard that AMD doesn't support 8 channel LPCM output. Has that been fixed or is there a workaround? It would be nice to be able to go with AMD because the AMD CPU and motherboard combo deals at Fry's are so cheap, but again, I don't want to limit the HTPC's capabilities. Any help on making this decision and/or suggested CPUs or motherboard combination would be much appreciated.
I like AMD, but the i3/i5 dual cores were built to be HTPC CPUs. They use less power, don't require a GPU, run extremely cool and are fairly priced (at least for Intel). It also helps that the boards they were built to match (H55/57) are almost all microATX boards.