I have been recently looking at building a HTPC for media streaming to my TV. However to build a good HTPC you are talking around £350 for an AMD X2 setup (with a decent case).
However you can buy and XBOX Elite for £179 and a PS3 for £245…plus on those you can play good games…..where as my £350 HTPC would fall over if presented with a good game.
If I am not interested in recording TV & Having a TV tuner card, what other benefit does a stand-a-lone HTPC have over a PS3 / XBOX 360??