I am in the process of putting together my first HTPC. I was hoping to get some recommendations on hardware. I already have a case (mid size), but everything else is up in the air. I would like to use the system to store/play movies (dvd, blu ray etc using XBMC), run modern gaming emulators and STEAM, and be powerful enough to edit hd video.
Any suggestions on motherboards, graphics cards, cpus (had the i5 2500k in mind) etc?
It depends how much you want to spend. for the best performance I would go with Intel but if you want bang for the buck I would go with AMD Trinity processors as they have integrated amd 7xxx graphics on them so it will playback 1080p movies and do some gaming. if you go with amd you save money by not needing dedicated graphics