A Home Theater PC I Would Love To Build

Jul 30 2007

My current HTPC has begun to stagnate a little. While it still runs great, I haven't made any significant advances with it in the last year. Forever on my mind is a HTPC build that I would put together if I weren't living off of student loans. In my current situation, I have only the one large tv that has access to the HTPC so I'm not worrying about server/client setups yet. So, below is something I'd like to give a go in the near future should I happen to fall into some parts.


- Case: OrigenAE X11 HTPC Case with VFD/IR Module and MCE Remote

- Power Supply: Seasonic M12 500W Modular Power Supply

- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965G-DS3 LGA 775 Intel G965 Express

- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor

- Heatsink: Thermalright SI-128 CPU Cooling Heatsink

- RAM: Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) KVR800D2N5/1G (x2)

- Hard Disk: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KS (x3)

- Blu-ray/HD DVD Drive: LG Super Multi Blue BD Drive/HD DVD reader - SATA GGW-H10NI

- Video Card: Gigabyte GV-NX85T512HP GeForce 8500GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 w/ HDCP

- Sound Card: Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1
- Accessories: National LM4562NA Operational Amplifiers

- HD/SD Tuner: HDHomeRun Networked Digital TV Tuner (x2)

- Keyboard/Mouse: Gyration Universal Remote Control and Compact Keyboard Suite for Media Center

- Case Fans: Nexus Real Silent Case Fan SP802512L-03 (x2)
- Accessories: Zalman Fan Mate 2 Fan Controller 


Reasoning: I'd consider going with a case with a touch screen in an instance where I put the HTPC in a server rack, or in a home theater with only a projector display device. Currently in my family room I don't see the need for a touch screen LCD on the case. I currently have a Seasonic M12 500W and I love it. Modular cables are great and it's quiet and efficient. The Auzentech X-Meridian is to use with analog out audio. In a situation where I'd use SPDIF, I'd look for something else. I receive all basic cable as unencrypted QAM, so I would use the HDHomeRun for both HD and SD recording, hence the need for 2 of them for a total of 4 tuners. Don’t forget a Gigabit Router either if you try to run multiple units simultaneously. The HDHomerun is something I'll probably purchase soon and use with my existing setup since I know the QAM channels are there and viewable, I just can't record them with my existing HTPC. Hope this gives some ideas to those of you looking to build your own HTPCs for the first time!

Website design by Yammm Software
Powered by Drupal