I use a Onkyo TX-SR607 (7.1 onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding) for audio and selecting inputs to my 58" Panasonic 720P plasma.
I want to pass the audio format through the CPU and I want a video GPU that will allow me to set the resolution of my TV 1366X786. I have had trouble with onboard Intel GPU that is why I mentioned that.
I have a couple of SSD hard drives and enough spinning drives to get started. Plan on JBOD storage. It's just movies and music after all.
Two tuner cards, the old ones from several years ago. Can't remember the name off hand. But I think the are old PCI. I will post that later today.
Windows 7 Ultimate for the OS which I already have.
I guess Bluray drive would be OK.
I want reliable long lived hardware. I keep my hardware a long time.
I don't plan on much encoding but would like the capability to encode in an expeditious manner.
So that adds up to PS, video card or onboard video, ATX mobo, cpu, and ram I think.