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.
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.
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.
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.