My old HTPC which lasted almost 5 years gave up the ghost and I'm forced to salvage only the hard drives and build from scratch. I'm looking for advice on what components I should use (motherboard, graphics card, cpu), I have fairly simple requirements as follows: As reasonably cheap as possible without cutting my nose off Display 720p in HDMI to my telly Support 5.1 optical audio out All my HD content is matroska .mkv codec so the system has to handle the strain of decoding this (my old AMD Athlon XP 2000 barely handled this) An HD digital tuner. Looks, fan noise, heat output, etc is all irrelevant since the rig sits in another room from the telly. I'm wondering about the merits of the motherboards which pack the GPU and an HDMI output on them. Is it a good buy for my application?