September 18, 2012

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.


Silverstone Te
k GD08B

MSI MB-Z68A-43 LGA1155


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

SilverStone NT01-E CPU Cooler


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

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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