My build is complete...for now
My HTPC (stage 1) is done but it's been a bit harder than I expected.
Here's a couple of things you should investigate/understand upfront:
1. Video (overscan/underscan) - If you're using onboard video you can't compensate for overscan/underscan with Powerstrip - it's not supported. nVidia 8-series cards are not yet supported either. I'm running 1280x720 on my Sony 42A10 RP LCD and in Windows XP MCE I can't see approx 5% all around the desktop. I've temporarily mitigated this by increasing the Taskbar height and making my browser window smaller than maximized.
Solution: I might buy the ATI HD 2400 card when released
2. Motherboard - updating bios when you don't have a floppy drive is a pain in the rear.
Sony KFE42A10 - Pioneer VSX-919 Receiver - Hi-Def HTPC (Blu-ray & HD DVD combo drive) - Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray player