I am looking to build a HTPC for around ~$800 in February to pair with a new 65" TV LED LCD and Receiver.
I also am planning on consolidating all my WD Mybook drives and just getting a NAS to stream everything from with a capacity in the 4-5 TB range but I am not sure about what I should be spending on that.
My question is:
What should I be looking to get for my HTPC? I want it to look like a nice set top box and be relatively quiet. For the NAS, I would like that to be able to stream 1080p to the HTPC without an issue.
HTPC will be used for live TV from cable provider, extensive TV and movie collection (digital), and some moderate gaming (I don't expect it to run Crysis at full)
Also, if I am looking to cut down on button lag (horrible on WD TV and my cable box now) what else should I be putting money into?
If you want a set top box look no further than Silverstone - they make great HTPC cases. You definitely want a video card with a native HDMI output (or go with AMD's new Trinity APU). Blu Ray would be good to have on these and you definitely want a wireless keyboard and mouse. TV Tuner is optional but not required.