I'm putting together a PC with the following specs:
Mainboard & CPU: ASUS AT3N7A-I, IntelÂŽAtom330, nVIDIA ION
RAM: Crucial DDR2 BallistiX PC6400 2GB KIT
Case: Antec MicroATX Cube NSK1300
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA2
HDD OS: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB
HDMI Cable, HDMI M-HDMI M, 2.5m, v1.3
So basically a 1.6GHz dual core atom on an ION chipset with 2GB of RAM. It will be connected to the 1080P LCD via HDMI, and I'll probably run XBMC on it. It'll be connected via LAN, and I'll probably use truecrypt on both the drives. I'm hoping XBMC will use the NVIDIA ION to accelerate the 1080p playback of things.
What distribution would suit these applications best do you think? It would also double as a NAS (SMB, FTP & NFS).
Or is there a reason I should go with Windows 7?