Im looking to buy a HTPC used to download and watch movies, and I would like some advice on good hardware (and software potentially). I prefer a PC/mac over than a Roku or equivalent, as they can't always decode all formats and they may be underpowered for some HQ streams. THe ability to control by remote is required, as well as HDMI connection, and small form factor is a bonus.
I was looking at the Zatoc Nano plus, which is ok, but one review said it struggles with very high bitrate content. Mac mini is not bad, but the remote may interfere with my appleTV, and Im not sure about the software (ok there is plex, xbmc, but I think they only understand the concept of a "static" movie collection, whereas I delete movies as soon as Im done watching them. A pain to update all the time).
Besides these 2, any other PC worth mentioning on the market? Note I don't necessarily something brand new, as even older Core 2 Duos can happily decode 1080p.
Any comments on software, especially windows media center and its ability to handle a organic movie collection, are also more than welcome.