So after looking and researching mini-itx setups I settled on on something completely different. I knew I wanted to use Xbmc as the front-end/ overall OS because it does what I want it to do and besides its damn sexy!
After doing more and more research I cam across VDPAU. (Mind you all of this is really new to me so it was interesting.) Which led me to one thing, the Ion Chipset by NVIDIA. Then I came across this article
I went to purchase a Acer Aspire Revo AR1600. Actually Best Buy had two in stock at my local store and I had 75 bucks worth of rewards points stashed for a rainy day. I walked out of the Store with the Revo for 130 bucks.
So last night I set it all up according to the guide I have. (I didnt add another gig of RAM yet FYI) Pretty easy except for one caveat:
I used UNetbootin to 'burn' the Xbmc live image to USB. I cannot tell you haw useful UNetbootin is!
Everything installed without any problems, I was quickly watching 1080p Blue ray rips with ease. The Revo is quite the little powerhouse.
I am a Xbmc noob and now I need to set up wireless on the Revo, can anyone guide me on how to do this? I would like to use a USB NIC. If anyone has any tips how to sweeten Xbmc feel free to post. I am doing some "out of the box" scrapes with IMDB for some meta data for my files.