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.
MSI MB-Z68A-43 LGA1155
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB
Main Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB SATA 2.5-Inch SATA III Solid State Drive
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!