2 If you are going to use WMC, buy Windows 8 Pro for $149. Then you will be able to add WMC for $9. If you buy Windows 8 standard, you cant use WMC, and it costs $99 to upgrade via the Windows 'store'. I did it this idiotic way because I was too impatient to go to order another copy.
Ouch $160, just another reason to stick with win 7.
You might consider going with the highest card you can get and still be passively cooled. A lot of video cards can get really loud, not ideal for watching tv and movies.
Yeah, I'm thinking the celeron 847 boards are a cool idea for HTPC. I'm hoping the concept survives for Haswell equivalents.If you go this route make sure you get the one with the big heasink.http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-Celeron-Motherboard-GA-C847N-D/dp/B00AUH3BRW/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=44X7ASTT9ZYB&coliid=I24IFAU25NYDBO
Anyone use the this heatsink with the silverstone GD04 case. It looks like it should fit, just wondering what the results are.