Project HTPC – The rebirth!

Yes, nearly a whole year since I first started this project (see here), I’ve restarted this little project of mine.

To be honest, I thought i’d have it finished by now, but it turns out reusing the old ShuttlePC case with a modern miniITX motherboard just won’t work – the backpanel and mounting screw holders just don’t line up.

That aside, the little PC that could – does! It’s running XMBC on a base of Windows 7 (yes, yes I know – but I’ve not been in the mood to wrap my head back around a Linux install of late) and it’s running super smoothly. All of my off-line media is being stored on an external USB3 hard disk so – in theory – I can fiddle with swapping the OS at a later date without losing my files.

Full spec and pics will follow once I’ve found a case I like for it…

Preliminary work on Project HTPC commences

So yes.

Project HTPC officially began this weekend, well I say that, but it’s still in the¬†preliminary,¬†fact finding / requirements gathering / discovery phase… however the first physical work was undertaken, so I’m taking that as the start of the project.

You have no idea what I’m rambling about do you?

This.

HTPC - preliminary

HTPC stands for Home Theatre PC – and as you can see from the above photo, there is already a PC – however it is a relatively old and clunky P4 system that just can’t keep up with modern HD media standards – so it’s time to gut the beast and perform upgrade surgery.

Shouldn’t be too much of a hard task, however I’m going to have to be doing this on a tight budget, what with Christmas just around the corner and a recent trip over to Ozland that i’m still paying off…

I’m hoping to keep a log of decisions and executions on this very blog, so if you’re interested, stay tuned!

I’m wanting to run Windows Media Center so i’ll have to see what’s what, but current thinking is maybe a nice cheap i3Core system…