HTPC: Complete

by AndyMac


So I got it built. There was a lot to it, and I stayed up till about 2am getting things squared away, but walked away with something extremely solid.

In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s the HTPC I decided on, specced out, and ordered in these last two posts:

Part 1) HTPC: The Concept

Part 2) HTPC: The Components

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HTPC: The Components

by AndyMac


So I spent a few more weeks narrowing things down, looking at components, working on prices, and trying to figure out compatibility issues before I have them. Here’s what I came up with:

Total: $359

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HTPC: The Concept

by AndyMac


I’ll probably do a few posts about my HTPC build as I go along. This is the first …

What is a Home Theater PC? In its most basic form, it’s a computer that attaches to your TV or entertainment system. Generally, it’s a component you connect to watch digital media. That could be from a blue ray drive in your HTPC, local files (movies and pictures you have stored) on the box or on a NAS or file server, or from the internet.

I was looking into this for quite a while. For me, the drive was getting rid of cable TV. Without that, I have my own personal media (that I’ve wanted to put onto a file server for quite a while), Netflix streaming, Hulu, and other streaming services. Not to mention the several websites (like that stream TV shows free of charge (with commercials, of course). I didn’t just want to watch all of that from my computer, though, when I have a very nice entertainment system.

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