I'm just starting to cost out a HTPC - prompted by a wish to get out of Sky's clutches!
This is what I think I need:
A power supply
A mobo with enough SATA connections for 2 drives
A boot drive (ssd 120gb)
A data drive
A CPU (how fast?)
Some RAM (1gb enough?)
A TV card able to record 2 channels of terrestrial freeviewHD.
A video card. Does it matter what the video card connection is? Is HDMI any better? The TV has VGA and 3 HDMI connections and is full HD.
oh and I realise the mobo needs to have enough slots for all the cards.
And a remote, which seems to often come with the tv card.
And an OS and assorted software.
I have a decent long range keyboard and mouse already.
Am I missing anything?