I have trolled multiple forums, but I need help/advice for a specific situation for a new HTPC. My requirements are as follows:
Use: Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Email, Net browsing, streaming from my windows home server, replacement for my living room so I do not have to buy an ipad!! If possible would like to use for primary Blu-ray player (do need dolby trueHD support etc.)
Important connections reqd: Connect to a 55" plasma TV (via HDMI). Audio to be processed by a Denon AV receiver. And if possible would like to connect through HDMI to AV receiver which is connected to TV.
Budget: 500 - 700
Time to buy: asap
Need to buy all components. Would like small form factor (if no compromise in performance)
Would like the community's advice for component suggestions and also for technical difficulties I might run into when connecting to TV and AV receiver.
Did some research on the APU. There seem to be compatibility issues. My biggest concern is video quality on a 55" plasma. Also, none have commented on whether a audio card is required. I would really like to be able to run one HDMI with viedo and audio to my reciever.