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I am doing a server/client HTPC deployment and was wondering what would be the best HTPC for my needs. The server uses ZFS as the file system and I plan on running XBMC or Boxee on the client HTPC.

Its going to need these options:
smooth 1080p mkv playback
Dolby 5.1 supported
HDMI
silent or near silent
lowish power usage
smallish
no power brick

I need around 5 of them, what would be most cost effective and possibly have the option to add in a low profile video card for very light gaming.

PS: anyone have an idea how I could update XBMC through my server and load it onto all of these HTPCs at once over the network?
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If you're running windows then i'd probably have a look at The NVidia ION or the Intel atom. The Atom will need to be overclocked if you're planning on 1080 but that's not too hard.

I'd put my money on the Nvidia ION chipset.

Comps
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Nah just XBMC, I might give one the option to dual boot so I can play games in the media room.
Thanks for the recc
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Originally Posted by typerazor View Post
Nah just XBMC, I might give one the option to dual boot so I can play games in the media room.
Thanks for the recc
+rep to you, cause I got curious and downloaded XBMC and like it.
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