I believe I am ready to make the push into HTPC land. This is completely new territory for me. I am fairly savvy when it comes to building PCs in general. I have been building high end gaming PCs for myself for quite some time. However I don't think that heavy of a hand is necessary for an HTPC, which is leaving me a little baffled when it comes to component selection.
As far as components go, I do want the Ceton InfiniTV 4 and I'd like to make use of all 4 HD streams, mostly the ability to 3 record and watch 1 live stream simulatneously. Possibly adding an Xbox360 to extend in the future. I have an unused copy of Windows 7 Ultimate so I'd want to use Windows Media Center. I would also like to be able to watch BD and SD content as well (this requires software?). System noise is also a consideration since this will be in the middle of the main living space in my home.
So, where to start... I'd prefer an Intel CPU, from what I've read on this and other sites an Intel i3/i5 paired with an Intel DH67BLB3 motherboard is a very solid place to start. I don't know if I would need discrete video/audio cards. Is the onboard sound on motherboards suitable for connecting to a home theater setup?
Any help is appreciated, I am very excited to get started.