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I understand the 'wow' factor that UI2 + Overlay has. But it also has, in a significant number of cases, the opposite reaction from family members. We used to use UI2 + Overlay as our standard config on MD's and we stopped doing that because for many people it looked dated and was a challenge to use with a gyration style remote too. It's one of those features that looks great in a demo when someone see's it used briefly as it delivers a lot of eye-candy - but in real use its actually not that friendly to navigate or use (we have plenty of user feedback on that!).
Thats what's great about lmce to me....options.....I had ui2 and I used the ui2 to "wow" people. But I also used the gyration remote without using it as a air mouse and thanks to (i think was) tom who worked on it, its functionality was similar to a normal ir entertainment center remote. The ability to press one button, bring up mythtv and flip through channels using the channel change buttons, then as company walked in bring up that floorplan while watching the game is great. Then other times I used my phone/tablet. The least convenient in my opinion was using my phone/tablet, but like I say, with a md you have options. Just my 2 cents. It sounds as though Dianemo will not have the option to implement a rpi as a full md?
Personally, for my standalone core, I've always just used whatever motherboard/graphics I have laying around, regardless of brand/performance. Or buy a mobo that ticks all the boxes, without caring about graphics. Even if the screen does appear the size of a matchbox, why do you care. But this is just my experience. You could always stick an older nVidia graphics card in if you had serious problems.
Don't piddle about buying old kit to match your old CPU, just cough up and replace it all, doesn't need to be particularly powerful.
You haven't said whether you are intending on using the motherboard as a hybrid or standalone core. If hybrid is what you require, then yes nVidia might not be a bad idea (although that's not to say people haven't had successes with other cards). As for which chip, personally, if I had a choice between two, I would go for the older one. But that's just me.
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What I would do is, I would re-run the setup wizard, and follow Sarahs questions. She knows where to put the settop box.
I'd say your ds box needs to be in a room and EA.