Totally agree with this. ION systems can play 1080p content no sweat. They also are very low power, so the system is quiet.
Also, why in the world would you run XBMC under Windows?????? XBMC in Linux supports VDPAU, which is how low end stuff like the ION can play 1080p flawlessly.
My idea of roughing it turning the air conditioner too low.