Summary: First off, I hav built many full scale kick your butt computers. This was my first HTPC build, I did the research and decided to go with this motherboard due to the HDMI and SPDIF hook ups. Everything went flawless..The only complaint if any I have is the Blu-Ray wont work..Dont know if it is limitations with memory(4g) or video.
Summary: Used this motherboard for my first HTPC. Really happy with the end result so far. Booted up the first time with no issues. Pros: Built in video chip is sufficient to play movies at 1080p so no additional video card is required if that's all you're going to use it for. 6 sata ports HDMI outputs both video and audio. Some boards have HDMI but have issues this one works.
Summary: This is a nice board for not-so-much money. It has all the I/O ports and options I wanted, plus a BIOS that lets you tune everything in sight. You can download the manual in .PDF form and use that information to vet memory choices and such. The construction seems solid, with even a flair to decorative in the heat sink design. I'm happy with this board for my application.
Summary: The Asus LGA 1156/ Intel H55/ DDR3 2133OC- mATX Motherboard P7H55-M Pro worked great for building my HTPC. It has sufficient ports with one exception to not having support for firewire which I really didn't need for HTPC use. One of the major benefits was that it has the HDMI and SPDIF (optical) ports to connect right into your home theater system. The clarkdale bridge support was beneficial with my Intel i5 650 processor in not needing to have a video card.