Originally Posted by Brajesh
I don't need a BD drive. I have 1:1 Blu-ray rips (mostly MKV and some ISO). So, would the entry-level AMD Athlon II V140 Zino suffice? Plus, I do need Netflix, Hulu, etc.
Does the ATI HD4250 Mobility Radeon do HD audio and 23.976/24?
No, you need the 5xxx GPUs from AMD for HD audio.
Every GPU vendor has + and - ; While nV is very good at video decode and acceptable for HD audio, some aspects like 23.976 fps support are not as good as AMD. (AMD does 23.976 fps perfectly). AMD, on the other hand, is not as good at supporting HD video decode acceleration for all streams (including the Panasonic 1080p60) across the board. Some low end GPUs are not as good.
Personally, if you don't care about 3D, and want to build a HTPC yourself, I would suggest going with the 5570. Otherwise, if you want 3D, use something like the GT 430.
If you are looking for pre-built HTPCs, I would recommend the Zino 410 with 5450 as long as you are going to have only BR and 1:1 non-reencoded MKV content from BR. You should also not expect HW acceleration for 1080p60 content (it is a hit or miss there). If you want to be future proof with 3D, go ahead with the ASRock Vision 3D with DVD drive (since you are going to play BR backups only). It will be around $800 - $900 when it appears, without OS. I am not sure there is a Zino 410 configuration without BR, but with the 5450. In the end, it all depends on your usage scenario.