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