I'm going to be building an HTPC/DVR system in the next couple of months and wanted to get some recommendations. Thanks.
Approximate Purchase Date: Feb 2011
Budget Range: 600-800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: DVR system with MythTV, HD media playback (ripped and physical), Streaming (e.g., Hulu)
Parts Not Required: Monitor & OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and maybe Amazon
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None, but Linux compatibility will be important
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I'm also planning on buying a SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime once they become available (~$250, which I'm not including in the HTPC budget). Obviously I'd like the system to be quiet, but I'm more concerned with performance; I plan on using it for transcoding, commflagging, and full HD playback (not just transcoded and downsampled files).
All together it's about $700-750 (excluding the tuner) depending on rebates and which combo of MOBO/Case I go with.
My main concern/question is whether or not I need the GPU. If this were strictly for media playback I'd go without it. However, since I'm planning on running MythTV and doing transcoding and commflagging, I'm wondering if I need the GPU in order to offload some of the HD playback (e.g., VDPAU).
I'm not planning on getting anything for a couple of months; mainly I wanted to get a baseline set and then add/trim components from there and watch for deals on Newegg.