The making of a Home Theater PC

I’m using this as a log for the design and ultimate construction of an HTPC.  Hopefully I can get my son to join in the fun.

As of March 21, 2013, I am looking for the following…

Basic Requirements

  1. Works with existing hardware in the house, namely a Samsung 40″ LCD TV
  2. Plays back media stored on the UnRAID server, preferably via gigabit ethernet
  3. Housed in an aesthetically pleasing case
  4. Is silent, or nearly so
  5. Can be powered on 24/7 and idles at low power, or has a quick boot time and is turned off when not in use
  6. Does not require a version of MS Windows (TM)

Scope Creep Requirements

  1. Can play 3D video games (light gaming)
  2. Can play Nintendo ROMs with emulator

Basic requirements describe a bog-standard HTPC.  The Basic #6 requirement reflects my preference to not give Microsoft any more of my money.  I’ve paid enough of the Microsoft tax, thank you very much.  My thinking right now is to go with XBMC as the media playback software, installed on a Linux base.  XBMCbuntu and OpenELEC both meet that need.

Resource Links

XBMC: http://xbmc.org/

UnRAID: http://lime-technology.com/

UnRAID Forums: http://lime-technology.com/forum/

OpenELEC: http://openelec.tv/

Advertisements

, , ,

  1. Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: