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Home Theater PC Building - A HotHardware How-To

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Building a Home Theater PC is often times a much better option for enabling your entertainment center for various forms of digital media playback capability.  Rather than stepping up to additional discrete components, like a stand-alone Blu-ray, DVD or CD player, why not infuse your living room entertainment center with real intelligence and multimedia muscle and build an HTPC (Home Theater PC)?  In this video, we'll give you some suggestions on a few component selection options for building an HTPC, as well as a high-level overview of its assembly and a few key design points to look out for.  We'll then of course demo our systems for you to show you what you can do with an HTPC.  Stacking up discrete components is out and convergence, integration and the New Media Center are in!  





Thermaltake's Element Q Mini ITX Case - Click for full res


         
 OCZ ModXSteam Pro 500W PSU, WD Caviar Black 1TB, Intel Core i5 661 Processor


   
VidaBox vCase3 HTPC Micro ATX Chassis - Click for full res

 

Total Build Cost: VidaBox vCase 3 = $899 Total Build Cost: Thermaltake Element Q = $750
  • Core i5 661: $199
  • Intel DH55TC: $99
  • OCZ DDR3-1333: $80
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB: $99
  • Radeon HD 5570: $85
  • Lite-On BD Drive: $69
  • OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W: $69
  • VidaBox vCase3: $199
  • Core i5 661: $199
  • Intel DH57GJ: $135
  • OCZ DDR3-1333: $80
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB: $99
  • Radeon HD 5670: $99
  • Lite-On BD Drive: $69
  • Thermaltake Element Q w/ 250W PSU: $69

Editor's Note:  Vidabox has informed us that a $50 discount coupon code is available for the vCase 3. Just drop "vCase3-HotHardware" into the order at check out.

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That's a very nice guide to building an HTPC Dave. I have been thinking about doing this so I appreciate the walk through and considerations overlook.

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I really like the flat case the shuttle-esque case was cool, but the other one was great. 

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Nice. I have been debating on doing something for awhile now. Would be cool if you guys could of hit on the software end of things to kinda show some of the options available.

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That's some beautiful cabling there Dave.

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gibbersome:

That's some beautiful cabling there Dave.

 

Hahah... it's actually pretty messy compared to what Marco can do!

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Nicely done! I may have missed it, but what OS did you use? Also, is there an IR provision available so the units can be remotely controlled? Cheers!

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Thanks, Gator.

We used Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and yes, there are a bunch of different Windows Media Center remotes on the market these days. Just plug in a USB wireless dongle from one of these kits and you can control Media Center and some basic Windows functions from the comfort of your couch. Sorry we didn't cover that! There is only so much you can squeeze into these videos and keep it reasonably concise. :)

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Thanks again!

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Very nice guide you put together, Davo.  Was that a snapshot of your home theater system at the beginning?

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Well, this makes sense. If a component decides to fail you aren't stuck with buying a whole new system (like a brand new DVD player). You can just replace the drives. 

Nice post!

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