The HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer) has become much more mainstream over the past several years. Once only a component of true hardware / media enthusiasts, the HTPC is finding its way into the homes of millions of average consumers thanks to the emergence of online video providers like Hulu, Netflix and iTunes. Additionally, many cable television networks stream episodes of their hit shows on their websites and as we all know, torrent sites are still very relevant. Throw in Blu-ray capability and you have a complete all-in-one media center.
Today we will be putting together a HTPC with one key goal in mind: build a system that produces as little noise as possible yet is powerful enough to serve up HD content without issue. And of course, it should look like it actually belongs in a home theater entertainment center. In addition to our own selected hardware, we will be using products from the likes of Acoustic PC
to demonstrate their effectiveness in such a project.
With that said, let's move ahead and take a look at the components we will be using in our build.