Home Theater PC Break Down
Most people have heard of what a Home Theater PCs (otherwise known as a Media PC) is by now. As they are becoming more and more common outside of the normal cliché of what is known as the computer “Geek” world. Just look at today’s market of products you can buy DVR’s, WD Media Player, Popcorn Hour’s, and as well as the XBOX and PS3 platforms all built of concepts derived from PCs. What do these platforms lack that you have in the Media PC? Well depending on the platform it could be any number of things. DVR’s have no web browsing or gaming ability but can capture live TV showings and movies, Media Players are limited by the GUI interface and their hardware (yes some of them are upgradeable but they are still limited on what you can put in them), and Gaming platforms have a limited to no Web ability and are as limited to hardware upgrades as the Media Players. With a Media PC you have all of the abilities of all the platforms and only one drawback that the others have a set price. Your Media PC price will be dependent on what you put in it when the others are set price for the product.
So what do you need to get Media PC up and running? As with any PC you will need the standard base items.
- Graphics Card
- Sound Card
- Hard Drive
- Optical Drive
Now the actually components of each of those categories is more than just going out and buying a generic piece for each one so I have done a break down a few suggestions and prices for each piece.