What optional accessories do you truly need to make your home theater PC most efficient and most enjoyable? Save some money and time with this handy guide.
Remote Control and IR Receiver
Windows 7 MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver
If you plan to use media center software such as Windows Media Center or XBMC, then an infrared receiver and remote control are must have.
Microsoft Arc Wireless USB Keyboard
This keyboard will look absolutely fabulous in your living room. It is very light weight and it has the arrow keys in one key for all four directions. To my mind it is the most stylish looking keyboard out there.
Asus nVidia GeForce GT430
If you are looking for a great image quality and good performance for the Blu-ray movie playback, then you should definitely check out the GeForce GT430 graphics card. The GT430 comes in two versions: fanless with a heatsink and a another version with the fan. The one behind this link is the fanless option which means that the card will not generate any additional noise.
Ceton InfiniTV 4 Digital Cable Quad-tuner Card
In order to turn your HTPC into a real digital video recorder, you’ll need a TV tuner such as Ceton InfiniTV 4. This TV tuner is not the cheapest one around, but after browsing the web, you will notice that the Ceton InfiniTV 4 is simply the best choice at the moment.
Belkin USB 2.0 4-Port Hub
If your computer does not have enough USB ports for all the accessories, you will need a USB hub. Another benefit of having an USB hub is that you can place your keyboard’s wireless receiver in a more visible place to extend the wireless range. When plugin the USB dongle behind your HTPC, you can easily have issues with the wireless range.
Keep Your Gear Clean
Air Power Dusters Quantity: 6 per Pack
It is a good practice to clean your computer components from the dust every now and then. Air duster is a good buy as you can instantly clean the dust inside the computer.
Continue reading our home theater PC accessory guide to learn more about the available accessories.