Sunday, June 10, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - COMPLETE!

After starting this project some 4 months ago, i'm happy to say that my media centre is finally complete!
like most things i'm interested in, i didnt devote 100% of my time to it but i've managed to iron out most of the bugs and have it working the way i want to.

very educational and funnily enough it won alot of my friends over so im helping them build htpc's of their very own !

heres a video of mine, yes it takes about 1minute to start up but i can live with it since i only reboot it once a fortnight. 

You'll see that i cant record for shit and opening browsers takes a little time but theres nothing i can do about that on this version of xbmc :( it works alot better on the official xbmc release. small sacrifice to play 10bit vids tho!

Plex has some trouble picking up my anime and some tv shows so hopefully they'll add more scrapers in the future. streaming is good and i definitely recommend a wireless n+ network if you have intentions of multiple streams of high quality.

Finally the specs of my setup are below:

Antec Fusion remote Black case
Intel i3-2120 3.3ghz cpu
Asus P8z68-MPro Motherboard
GSkill Ripjaws X 4gb ram
WD Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB HDD
WD Caviar Green 3TB HDD
Antec Neo Eco 520W PSU

Logitech Harmony remote
Wireless N+ router

Plex $5.00ea (for android + iOS)
XBMC Constellation $5.00ea (for android + iOS)

*dusts hands* and that's that kids!

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