Someone could build an HTPC just for OTA if they wanted to, but there are so many additional sources out there that are easily supported. I use my MythTV boxes for recording OTA and CATV, multimedia streaming/editing/storage, disk authoring/ripping/burning, transcoding, and other things, so they are definitely geared to support all those tasks. To me that's what a true HTPC is all about, but of course choice is good so a person can plan and build an HTPC suitable for whichever capabilities they like.DancesWithLysol said:This is why a HTPC that consumes streaming video is in a different boat than a HTPC that is just consuming OTA broadcast TV.
Well, like I've said a few times before I think getting a Intel Sandy Bridge-based processor is the best choice for anything but the lowest-end HTPCs. If you want a fairly compact system, then you're looking at min-ITX motherboards like this Zotac board. Notice how Sandy Bridge uses half the power of the AMD 890GX (both load and idle power) while still winning the benchmark wars. This is great should you choose a small HTPC case since, not only is there less heat generated by the system, but you can get away with a less powerful (and smaller) power supply.DanceswithLysol - Could you please name a few HTPC brand's that would fit your description of a fast general purpose processor?