I am about to build one once Ivy Bridge 3770T comes out. But I am new to this. I want to build an HTPC such that it can do the things I want to do as well as what other people here might do.
To do this I need to figure what an HTPC can do. After several days of readings, I came up with
1) de-interlace 1080i signals into 1080p in real time
2) record TV programs
3) play new video/audio formats that are otherwise not yet supported by hardware media players, e.g. hi10p
Are there other functions I am not aware of??