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each of these four reference home theater PCs myself.
After testing many different components, I have finally found the best hardware for the XBMC media center. This guide will definitely save you time and money, helping you to avoid the same mistakes I did when choosing the optimal components for your first build. You might be a little surprised to learn that the ideal processor and GPU for XBMC is …
Getting your home theater computer together is a little bit different than setting up a regular old PC, as you need to think about saving yourself energy, socket space, and the risk of tripping over the wires. Follow these steps and not only will you be familiar with how to assemble the best HTPC, but you will also gain the knowledge to keep it as silent as possible.
While finding your favorite HTPC software often comes after trying several options, here you will find what are the popular media center softwares available. This top 10 list will simplify your task by listing the most popular media centers. Continue reading to see how the Windows Media Center, XBMC, Boxee and others compare with each other.
One common problem for the cord cutters is how to integrate XBMC, Netflix, Hulu and other premium content channels. In this practical and updated guide, you will learn how to seamlessly use Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora and more with XBMC Media Center.
I will also reveal an easy way to get Netflix and Hulu working with the XBMC running on Linux-based computers such as OpenELEC HTPC and Raspberry Pi which has not been widely known before.
In this guide, I will show you from start to finish how to build a quiet mini-ITX system that will be suitable for playing full HD videos, listening to music and viewing your photos.
This guide is based on my recommended AMD Richland-based budget HTPC that I have built myself. If you wish to build a version that is a bit more power-efficient, you can also use the Intel Haswell-based alternative budget HTPC with this guide.
So, you are ready to build your first HTPC, but only the thing holding you back on the build is choosing the right processor. Intel has recently released its Haswell desktop CPUs that bring some exciting improvements to media centers. On the other hand, AMD has also released their Richland refresh, so let’s have a look at the new features they bring to home theater computers.
In this post, I you will find the results of my recent poll about the best CPU for the 2014 HTPC builds.
Now it is a good time to start your home theater PC building project. I have just updated the optimal component recommendations for starter, budget, value and performance systems. I hope these recommendations will help you from wasting your time and money on tedious research. So, what are you waiting for, go building your own here.
The Flirc USB IR receiver has been around for a while, but it is still my favorite way to control home theater computers. In this post, you will learn what Flirc is and how to use it with your favorite remote to control your HTPC, Raspberry Pi, Ouya game console or any other device running XBMC media center.
Do you have an older HTPC system that needs upgrading, but you are not sure which components to replace to get the best value for your money? Or maybe your system is already more than adequate to play all the videos you have, but heat and noise are things that would be nice to reduce?
In this guide, I will highlight the key components you should consider upgrading to speed up your HTPC while making it quieter.
If you are looking for the optimal hardware for use as an XBMC media platform, the Android-based Ouya game console is the right choice for you. In this complete guide, I will show you easy and advanced ways to set up XBMC on Android to turn Ouya onto the ultimate media box.
One of the main reasons why I like to use the Linux-based OpenELEC operating system is that it feels like using a device such as Apple TV or Roku. However, if you wish to use Windows 8 or 8.1-based HTPCs, the major annoyance is that they look and feel like PCs. Luckily, this is not the case anymore.
In this post for advanced users, you will learn how make your Windows 8 or 8.1 XBMC installation behave like an appliance similar to OpenELEC by making Windows invisible while booting and using XBMC media center.
I wish I knew about these common pitfalls when I built my first media PC. After building nine home theater computers over the past 12 years, I have discovered some common problems that can be easily avoided. I would like to share some solutions to those problems based on my experience.
There are so many generic build your first HTPC articles available on the Internet, so I wanted to create a very practical post that is full of insights to help you avoid the same mistakes that I have made when trying to build the ultimate media experience.
There is quite bit of confusion in the discussion forums about how to get XBMC working on Raspberry Pi. In this complete and up-to-date tutorial, you will learn how to choose the right accessories for the Raspberry Pi and install a minimal Linux distribution called Raspbmc. I will also reveal performance improvement tips that you cannot find in any other guide.
What is the state of today’s home theater computing? Is it time to upgrade your HTPC? Throughout this article, I will summarize the recent releases and trends in the world of home theater computing. After reading this article, you will learn how popular home theater computers really are at the moment and which hardware and software you should be using.
Plex Media Server represents the state of the art when it comes to managing and sharing your media library between various devices such as a home theater computer, media streamer, iPad, and mobile phone.
In this complete guide, I will show you how to build a simple setup with Plex Media Server and Windows 8 Storage Spaces feature that will make all of your media easily accessible from almost any device.
In order to help you to get the most out of your custom Home Theater PC system, I have put together a list of 15 essential HTPC tips for you all do it yourself (DIY) builders. You will learn insider secrets from the experienced computer builders on how to keep your computer cool and silent.
The latest XBMC version 12.0 (Codename Frodo) is a great media center software, but like many other open source projects, it is driven by very technical community, and it is not necessarily user friendly enough for the average person to customize and use.
Fortunately, with a bit of time and the right skin, you can set things up properly and make XBMC very user-friendly and rock solid. Reading this article will take about 10 minutes. So, let’s dive right in…