Everything you always wanted to know about hardware (*but were afraid to ask)

This isn’t necessarily news, but interesting all the same.  Its a very in-depth build guide on the AVSforums that goes into incredible detail discussing various components and interfaces in the current generation of computers.  This really is a must read for anyone looking to build an HTPC from scratch (and has a lot of free time).

(Thanks to RobJ on the SageTV forums for linking to this)

AVS Forum

Like most of you I have no hand-on experience with most of motherboards. Hence recommendations here are based on reviews by professionals and other users experience. I also included several others at my discretion. You can see the original sources in the reference part and the reviews section of each motherboard.