I have an aging E7200 dual core Intel system - and all that comes with it (USB2, SATA2, etc). I have an ATI 6750 vid card, as well as a Ceton tuner. I also have a SATA3 add in card because I am running many hard drives and an optical drive (literally 10 drives total).
It has been giving me some issues now and again. Sometimes I will get a green screen instead of the picture, unplugging and plugging the HDMI cable fixes it. It will sometimes slow down, then speed back up. Slow reboots at times as it fights to find the drives directly connected to the motherboard. Nothing that happens on a regular basis, nor often enough to really be anything more than a minor nuisance. With that in mind, I think it is getting to be the time to upgrade the hardware - and also get some power savings in the process. I plan on no longer running a discreet video card when I upgrade.
Should I just wait another few months for Haswell, or are the current crop of IGP 4000 Intels plenty good? Are there any nagging issues with them? When will Haswell finally appear in HTPC friendly form?
Thanks for any and all input!