I am looking to buy my first htpc. I have been researching units like the ASRock ASRock Core i3-370M 4 GB/500 GB/BD Combo Barebone System with MCE Remote VISION 3D 137B, for $679 on Amazon. however, today in Costco I came across an HP laptop for $550. Seems like a better deal to me, and I am not very techy so tinkering isn't a major factor for me. The specs look pretty impressive when compared to the ASRock, but I don't know if the processor or graphics card would fall short of htpc functionality. Is there any reason this laptop would not be as good as or better than the ASRock? http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=116794...|84|56670&N=4047229%204294967277&Mo=9&pos=1&No=3&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&ec=BC-EC5-Cat84&topnav=
The desktop graphics card - GT 430 - is a nice bump up in GPU power over the integrated HD 6520G graphics built into the laptop's APU. You find the GT 430 listed next to the HD Radeon HD 6830M in the ranked list just to the right of the HD 6520G review.