Some of my concerns with this one would be the inbuilt graphics (how well would it handle HD tv?), lack of option for tv tuner, no e-sata.
The GMA 3100 is the graphics chip that is integrated into Intel G965 and G33 motherboards. The Dell Studio Hybrid is most likely using laptop parts which may
differ from its desktop versions. Anyways, here is SPCR's G33 review
. It shows that with a E6400 CPU, 1080p video is possible. I would think that the T5750 (2GHz) is comparable to the E6400. So I would think
that the Studio Hybrid is capable of 1080p video.
As for the TV tuner, what about a USB tuner?
What would be some good alternatives? What about best approach to building something similar myself?
The easiest and simplist solution would be a AMD 780G based motherboard and a dual core X2 CPU and 2GB of RAM. This system would certainly be able to play 1080p video (see the review
). There are some 780G motherboards that have eSATA and all of them have PCI slots for TV Tuners. The only advantage the Dell has is size. The 780G solution will be larger than the Dell, but not intrusively large though.