OK so I saved up some scratch and I'm gonna drop some bucks on a nice new HTPC here are the preliminary specs I am looking at:
I will use my old Gigabyte board as it's still good and I only used it for about a month before upgrading
I'll keep the wolfdale 3.0 processor in there cause it's cool and uses little voltage.
I'm gonna upgrade my ram and get some decent 4 gig G Skill 1066
2 Seagate Baracudda SATA drives (prob Raid em)
upgrade the Vid card from the 3450 to this ASUS 3650HD
and finally where most of the money is going. I a still undecided but I am leaning towards this HTPC case
Thermaltake DH102 VH2001BNS
I like it because I can use a regular ATX not micro board and of course the touch screen looks cool as hell. it's over $500 US so I want to make sure this is the one I really want before I buy.
If anyone has any suggestions as always I am open to them. Thanks guys