After reading posts in this forum and elsewhere, I understand why the HTPC isn't a good receiver, so it appears to me that the next most important addition would be that receiver.
I may end of waiting until Fall/Winter because of the availability of 1080p HDMI quality components. The only receiver I found available in silver with this video switching ability is the Dennon AVR-4306: 7.1 CH Home Theater/MultiMedia A/V Receiver which way out of my budget. It also has an RS-232 Port for Third Party Remote Controllers, so I understand that port better.
Does anyone have comments or additions? Thanks