It’s Time For a Proper HTPC! (Post 1of3: Planning)

The time has come. I am tired of bouncing around between 4-5 different devices when it comes to watching content in the living room. We have an AppleTV, Boxee Box, Mac Mini w/Drobo, Xbox 360, Over The Air TV, and of course AirPlay from iPads and iPhones.

It’s time for living room content unification!

The plan is to build a custom “Home Theater PC” that will handle all content in the living room / home theater. Here is the list of parts that will go into this build.

Hardware
Case:

Silverstone Tek GD08B
Motherboard:

MSI MB-Z68A-43 LGA1155
Processor:

Intel Core i5-3450 Quad-Core Processor 3.1 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155
Heatsink:

SilverStone NT01-E CPU Cooler
Memory:

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB
Main Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB SATA 2.5-Inch SATA III Solid State Drive
Storage: (6)

Western Digital 2 TB WD Green SATA III
Disc Drives: Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal
Power Supply:

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2
Tuner: Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250
Control: Logitech Mini PC Entertainment Dinovo Keyboard

Software
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional
Media Front End: XBMC

The “Must Have” List
– Netflix Playback
– Amazon Video Playback
– iTunes Playback
– OTA TV Playback w/ Recording
– AirPlay Capability
– 10+TB RAID 5 NAS for File Storage
– 2+TB Storage for DVR
– All functionality accessible from single interface
– Single remote control
– SMB / FTP / AFP file access
– Very quiet!

Check back for “Post 2of3: The Build!” in the coming weeks!

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