Just ordered the pieces for a new XBMC based HTPC to replace my Acer Revo nettop that was damaged when my apartment flooded a few months ago (this will eliminate the last remnant of that whole ordeal).
Decided to build it from scratch since I ended up using my HTPC more than my desktop (which was basically only being used for working with my photos and remote desktoping to the office...and for storing all the games that I don't play anymore), the Atom cpus with ION are great HTPCs but they are a little anemic for other things. Now I should be able to play everything (including netflix/amazon) as well as some emulated games and PC-rock band/DDR.
-AMD A6-3500 apu--These have pretty nice integrated graphics that can even be run SLI with another ati card. I wanted the quad-core 3600 version but nobody reputable seems to sell them and the one shady site I found with them in stock was too expensive and had errors in the item listing that made me think it wasn't even an A6-3600.
-ASRock A75 motherboard.
-4GB stick of ram
-32gb patriot torqx2 SSD--for speedy, silent, low-heat system drive
case to blend in with my other home theater stuff.
-Seasonic 350w PSU--big quiet 120mm fan and Active PFC...pricey as far as 350W PSUs go but should be rock solid and quiet. Also, it is a little shorter than most PSUs so it fits better in the case with an optical drive.
No optical drive for now--the Revo didn't have one and I never missed it. I'm going Win7 so I can do netflix/amazon (my old XBMC setup was linux which I loved...but I want streaming) which means I can add a blu-ray player if I ever see a good deal on one or someone gives me a blu-ray movie.
Bulk data is going to be stored on the leftover 500gb drive from my Revo--the floods in thailand have more than doubled the price of HDD storage and since I usually delete things after watching...I can wait until prices fall before buying some monster drive.
For a little over $300 (under without the SSD) it should be a pretty sweet system...the reviews on the AMD APUs are pretty awesome.