I've relegated my home theater 2 gHz GMA950 Mini to other duties. I've built a hackintosh on the Asus P5N7A-VM mobo with a Q8200 quad core processor to run my home theater/media server. Here are its specs: 2.33 gHz Core 2 Quad cpu with stock fan (Q8200) Asus P5N7A-VM mobo with nVidia 9300 gpu and shared 256 mb vRAM Samsung 750 gb boot drive (with some media, principally for my Eye TV Hybrid and iTunes) Seagate 1.5 tb media drive G.Skil 4 gb RAM Gigabit ethernet 1 eSATA port 10 USB2 ports (all work; 4 on the front, 6 on the rear) DVI/VGA/HDMI (video only, no audio)/DisplayPort Optical audio port (and legacy analog miniplug ports on the back and front) IN WIN IW-BL631.300BLP black MicroATX slim case with 300W power supply MacBook Pro IR board and cables OS X 10.5.6 Total cost = $775 (including a retail copy of OS X 10.5.6) There's no Firewire, infrared, Bluetooth or wifi with this mobo. However, I have a MacBook Pro IR board on the way ($35) and will install it so I can use my Harmony/Apple remotes with it. It's big (8x the volume) and ugly compared to the Mini, but it's pretty quiet, especially when the Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 audio is shakin' the walls. With this box I am able to concurrently watch high bit rate Blu-ray rips with no dropped frames (ok, maybe a dozen or so over the duration of the movie), stream a movie to my Apple TV from iTunes and transcode a recorded Eye TV show. The temps of my cores peaked at 72 C and my drives reach the high 50s to low 60s C while doing this (nominal under no load is about 53 C for the cpu and 40 C for the drives), and the fans are audible only during moments of silence in the movie. DTS and AC3 passthrough by optical port work fine, too. While I'd like to have firewire, I really don't think it's necessary for my uses. All and all, a nice improvement. Attached are a few pics.