I also highly recommend Ninite. http://ninite.com/
You select what you want to install. Every time you run the downloaded file it goes out and finds the most recent exe and installs it. No install screens! No crapware!
This. It took me about 2 days to build the computer and the better part of 6-9 months getting the software tweaked just right.Also, for a budget of $1k, you can build a pretty hefty/powerful machine. All you really need is something with a processor, 8 gigs of memory (even 4 is enough), a big hard drive (or two, or three), a decent video card (something from the last 3 years) and HDMI-out and you have an HTPC. Buying a prebuilt machine will really limit you in the...
Looks interesting. Seems a little pricey, but the concept is interesting certainly for an HTPC user. Might eliminate the need for a keyboard AND a remote.
http://www.missingremote.com/news/2014-01-13/silicondust-ces2014It's a different model apparently. No word on the transcoding model, from what I see. They may have scrapped it after Ceton came out with the 6 tuner ETH.
Hmmmm, this should work. Did you try running the .bat file you created by itself. Does the screen flash/go black, then turn back on? If not, then you don't have it set up properly. Took me a while to get the right devcon file.If not, then maybe try the Geffen HDMI detective? It's around $90 I think, but should solve any EDID/handshake problems. Or the tape trick on pin 19?
Try this: http://www.thehtpc.net/htpc-tips-and-tweaks/solving-your-hdmi-handshake-issues-once-and-for-all/
You'll need to make a few tweaks most likely to get it to work on your computer. See my thread here for what I had to do to get it to work. http://www.avsforum.com/t/1514189/black-screen-issues-with-radeon-6450#post_24290247
I don't have an AVR, but I think it might work for you.