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.


Case: Silverstone TekGD08B

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


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!

Hardware Home Theater HTPC Project Software Video

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