I built my first HTPC almost 10 years ago with old spare computer parts and hooked it up to a Samsung 27 inch SD TV. It all started with an AMD K6/2 processor, a Diamond TNT graphics card and a SoundBlaster AWE64 sound card on a DFI motherboard with a maxed-out 512MB of PC100 SDRAM. For the time, not a shabby start for a dedicated music and movie player. The first front-end I used for the HTPC was myHTPC software (which eventually became Meedio and then sold-out to Yahoo!). Later, I used Freevo and MythTV. After the introduction of the PVR capabilities, I went back to Windows for better support and a richer selection of available software. Over the years, my HTPC has evolved and been consistently upgraded. It now pulls double-duty as a home server and theater system. My HTPC currently runs Windows Vista with Media Center as the primary front-end. I am testing Boxee and am working on a solution for seemless MLB.tv experience. My HTPC Hardware Overview: Thermaltake DH-101 Coolmax M-500B Green Power Supply Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H AMD 780G Chipset ATI Radeon HD 3200 Realtek ALC889A 7.1+2 Audio with DTS Realtek RTL8168C Gigabit Network Interface HDMI 3.1 Output AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor 2GB DDR800 RAM Hauppauge WinTV PVR 350 TV/FM Tuner Realtek RTL8139D Network Interface Samsung SATA DVD–RW Maxtor 120GB SATA Hard Disk Drive Maxtor...Read More
Month: April 2009
My name is Josh Zeigler and live in Powell, Ohio. I am a family guy, tech geek, sports nut, Disney addict, and amateur triathlete. This is my personal blog site and digital playground. Here, I write about my life and anything that is on my mind...