Hi, I'm in New Zealand and am on a mission to build an HTPC for under $1000 that can also record two or more Freeview television channels. In NZ, Freeview is broadcast in H.264 with AAC+ audio. After reading the guides, I've settled on the following config: Product list - HTPC - Bang for the buck Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 32MB 1TB Corsair Dominator DHX DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL9 2x4GB Antec NSK2480B 380W (Black) Desktop/HTPC chassis Asus E35M1-M Pro - (comes with an AMD Fusion E-350 CPU ) Hauppauge WinTV HVR-2200 I know the AMD Fusion E-350 is perfectly capable of 1080p blu-ray playback (AMD Brazos platform tested - The E350 APU review), so I'm happy there. What I'd like to ask the community is: 1) Does anyone know how well this APU fares with regard to recording multiple television streams? Would it be sufficient? 2) If I have understood correctly, recording is simply a matter of dumping the stream to disk without decoding it and that even a 5400rpm drive can easily handle recording of atleast 3 shows. Am I mistaken here ? 3) What would be the best remote to use for MediaPortal? By best, I mean easy enough for my wife to use (yes, that's the approval committee ) What I really like about this APU is that on load it draws only 40W. However, what is more important to me is that the HTPC does what it's supposed to and to that end I'm perfectly ok with bumping the CPU up to a Phenom 2 X6 if necessary. Thanks for your time and I'd really appreciate any and all feedback on my choice of hardware so far.