After a lot of research, looks like all the HTPC 'gurus' are preferring Intel over AMD because of proper Linux driver support. I've made the change in my choice too.
Trying to go for the cheapest possible 3D capable HTPC that can bitstream HD audio and this is the combination I found. Can someone confirm if this would fit my requirement of "Cheapest+3D+bitstream HTPC only" system?
Intel 2.9 GHz G2020 Processor
The cheapest suitable LGA1155 motherboard with USB3.0 ports
Nvidia GT520 1GB DDR3 Graphic Card (supports 3D and HD audio bitstream as per Nvidia's site
4GB of the cheapest no-frills 1333-DDR3 RAM
Will it? Will it?