In case you haven’t noticed, there have been several posts of late regarding Xtreamer. We reviewed the Xtreamer Pro, as well as briefly discussed the recently announced Xtreamer Prodigy and Xtreamer PVR. One other new player that Xtreamer has lined up is the Xtreamer Ultra. The Ultra is a departure from the current line of […]

The next version of Media Browser (codename Draco) has just been released into the wild.  If you have followed my writings you know that Media Browser is my front end/plugin of choice when it comes to HTPCs.  One interesting change (and hopefully this will help fix the issues I have been experiencing with my library […]

One of the most popular front ends for Home Theater PCs is XBMC. It is a light-weight application that has a huge user base and community. Adding to its popularity XBMC can be installed on practically every platform (OSX, Linux, Windows, AppleTV, and Live via USB Flash Drive). XBMC has set the standard for how […]

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard that Vail, the much anticipated follow up to Microsoft’s Windows Home Server, has been released to the public for Beta testing. As with anything Beta there is always the potential for bugs and instability, so it is generally not recommended to test out […]

One of the most frequently asked questions I see from people just getting into media streaming or Windows Home Server is what is the best format to put your video collection in to. Probably the toughest thing about answering this question is that there is no right answer, much is just based on personal preference, […]

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Building a Mini-ITX HTPC

by Damian on March 11, 2010 · 233 comments

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Up until maybe a year ago I had never done anything more then replace the RAM out of a computer. Within the last year I have built two HTPCs and one Windows Home Server, and I have had the itch to build another PC. I decided this time around I would build a mini-itx HTPC […]

I was doing my usual morning read of some blogs I follow when I came across a post over at Multimedia-PCs that I thought was interesting. I do a lot of switching back and forth between Windows 7 Media Center, XBMC, and Boxee which can be a PITA since I can’t do this easily using […]

Building a mini-ITX HTPC

by Damian on September 7, 2009 · 9 comments

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About a week ago I asked the question “What is the perfect digital media player?”. As we wait patiently for the perfect digital media player a popular alternative is an HTPC. Building an HTPC used to be a daunting and expensive task fit for only the bravest of tech geeks. However, with the introduction of the […]