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Hello! I'm about to buy some parts for my 1st HTPC in the mini-ITX format.

Objectives :

Use XBMC (either XBMC Live, OpenElec or any linux distro)
Play 1080p content
Play interlaced content (Home videos) from 480i, 720i and later on 1080i format (deinterlacing will be done by XBMC)
play HD content from Internet (Flash content)

Since an Atom is too weak to play Flash HD video, I need a CPU powerful enough.

My plan is to built something like the following HTPC :

Case : Either a Habey EMC-800 or Wesena ITX7
MB : Need help here!
CPU : Intel I3-2100T, G620T or AMD (?)
RAM : 2 or 4 GB.
HDD : SSD drive

I've read that the i3-2100T integrated graphics might not be fully working under Linux. Hence, the need to have a MB with integrated Nvidia chipset. Unless the Intel graphics chipset is now fully supported in Linux and XBMC?

Now, if there is a good MB with integrated Nvidia, I do not care that much about having a Intel or AMD CPU. As long as the CPU is powerful enough to decode Flash HD content. In that respect, is the G620T powerful enough?

In summary, what could be a good MB in the mini ITX format with integrated Nvidia? Ideally, but it's not 100% important, if the MB could accept a IR device for a remote.

Any other path to enlightenment?

Thanks a lot and I hope my questions make sense!
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