I am currently looking to build an HTPC and would like to know your opinion of my proposed system. Keep in mind I am on a tight budget, so it is not the best possible option out there, but I believe it will be good for what I need. Please answer my questions.
Q. Will the onboard HDMI transmit Audio as well as the video to my HDTV without the need for an SPIDF In/Out connection?
CPU: E5400 (2M Cache, 2.70 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
HDD: Seagate SATA 1.5TB
RAM: 2GB 800 Kingston
DVD: LG SATA
CASE: Antec NSK1480
TV: Leadtek DTV1000S
Q. I am aware the card is compatible with VistaMediaCentre, but will the accompanying remote be able to navigate through VMC, forward through videos, pause etc. (functional in MC).
Q. Does this card record in H.264 codec?
Feel free to add any comments or suggestions about the proposed system.