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Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New Hampshire, USA
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The 29/59 bug is specific to watching live TV on Windows Media Center. Is your Dad going to be watching live TV? If not, it's nothing to worry about. It's also not Llano issue. Most reports are around Nvidia and Intel, though some say ATI Radeon as well but it depends highly on driver, specific GPU, etc.
Questions to help us help you:
1 What is your budget for this build?
2 Where are you located (US, Europe, etc?)
3 Do you want something small or something that looks like a piece of AVR equipment?
4 What storage do you need -- local (on the HTPC) or will your Dad be streaming 1080p from Netflix, etc. not stored movies?
5 Will the movies be played from disc or are you going to rip them for him?