Out your HTPC & Media Servers!
Seeing as there isn't a more specific area for this... Would anyone like to chat about their HTPC (Home Theatre PC) and/or Media Servers; specs, how they've integrated it into the rest of their home entertainment system, and their Apple (and other..) devices? :)
I've just got curious while i'm waiting for the delivery man to drop off a whole batch of goodies to rebuild my 'media server' into something more becoming of a HTPC.
My old build was a ropey old 3.0Ghz P4 with 1Gb of DDR1 ram in a full tower case running XP - I was going to die before I ripped my DVD collection!
My new build... *swoon*:
AMD Phenom x4 840 3.2Ghz
2 x 2Gb DDR3
160Gb drive from my 'old' PC for the OS
2Tb drive just for my iTunes library
Coolermaster Elite 360 case
ASUS M4A88T EVO/USB3 motherboard
Windows 7 Pro
The motherboard has an HDMI output, so I can now plug it straight into my Onkoyo AV receiver. I'll be using my AppleTV2 as the 'front end' of my iTunes library, and XBMC for all the other 'media'.
I'm a little excited and it takes my mind off the iPad2!