I am in the process of speccing out my first HTPC build as was wondering if anyone could give some advice on a suitable graphics card and CPU/Motherboard combo. The HTPCs main use would be streaming media from my NAS drive although I would want it for some moderate gaming playing stuff like Gears of War, UT3, Crysis (although not bothered about it running maxed out!!!) and some RTS's.
I have been reading some reviews on the ATI HD 5750 which has recently been released and to me this seems like a good HTPC card. From the benchmarks I have seen it looks like a beast and is supposedly quite energy efficient and more importantly for me..... quiet. I have already got a case (Thermaltake Bach) which accepts ATX motherboards and seems big enough to accept a non low-profile graphics card.
Could any more experienced builders (I have built several PCs before but not in the last 2 years so my knowledge is very out of date) give me some suggestions please.
This PC would also hopefully be used as a replacement for my Sky HD box as I'd like to be able to record straight to a HDD rather than the Sky box