“In fact, for non-gamers we would recommend an Intel CPU + chipset combo. While we havent had a chance to look at any VIIV platform from Intel yet, we’re guessing that it would be an ideal choice for an HTPC. CPU-wise, the 820D which is a dual core CPU, seems like a good buy, however, Intel is also planning on releasing an 805D CPU which is a 533MHz FSB/2.66GHz dual core CPU priced around US$160. These CPUs should handle the multimedia capabilities of your system just fine.”
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Silverstone LC17 HTPC Case Review @ Bjorn3D
- VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-Itx Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
- Silverstone’s Lascala 17, LC17B HTPC Case @ CaseModGod.com
- 2.5″ Serial ATA hard drive round-up @ the Tech Report
T-break will help you build one of those itty-bitty HTPC’s by offering a guide on the best things to put inside it. Assuming you’ve already found a nice barebones enclosure, follow their advice, and your home theatre system should be impressing people in no time.