There are a lot of excellent blogs and articles out there on how to build a Home Theatre PC (HTPC). There are very detailed articles written almost weekly about choosing the ultimate components, to long discussions about which is the best software to run and why.
This will be a little different. This is just a story about my build, how I chose my parts, and why I went about it the way I did. Maybe my experience will help you think about your build a touch differently.
Why build an HTPC in the first place? The story behind the story.
For a while we had satellite TV. Then we switched to cable. There were about five channels we regularly watched out of fifty or seventy channels. Amd there were a lot of shows on speciality channels I didn’t want to pay for. It was annoying.
As I learned more about online digital content I found that most of what we wanted to watch could be obtained online. Most. We’ll come back to that.