Build the Ultimate Home Theater PC Paperback – Dec 12 2005
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From the Back Cover
The best of both worldsnow THIS is entertainment
You love tinkering with technology. The digital lifestyle is your lifestyle. So building your own Home Theater PC just might be as entertaining as using it. In these pages, a couple of fellow tinkerers explain the components and subsystems of a Home Theater PC and help you choose and pur- chase parts, assemble and test the PC, install Windows® Media Center Edition, and get the whole thing up and running. Then, invite your friends over and watch 'em turn green.
All you need to know
Clear, step-by-step instructions, complete with parts lists, pictures, and diagrams
- What makes it an HTPC
- Choosing the CPU and memory
- Graphics, video, and HTPC audio
- Monitors and displays
- Networking your HTPC
- Remotesand how many you can lose
- Installing MCE 2005
- Your choiceP4, Pentium M, or Athlon 64
- Maximizing your multimedia experience
- . . . and more!
About the Author
Ed Tittel has been involved with computers for nearly 25 years. Since 1994 he's been a full-time writer and tech editor. Among his many book credits is PC Magazine: Fighting Spyware, Viruses, and Malware, also published by Wiley.
Mike Chin has been a gadget geek since before he learned to read. After dabbling in business journalism and home audio, he settled into technical writing and consulting. He created www.silentpcreview.com, the leading online authority on computer acoustics.
Top Customer Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The only difference between an HTPC and a regular PC hardware is the form factor and the inclusion of a capture card. Essentially any decent book on building your own PC can help you out on the hardware side. It looks like this book did a decent job with it, even though I simply went to newegg and picked out my pieces since I had built a PC before.
What I was hoping for was coverage of all HTPC software out there today and a comparison of options. This book unfortunately only covers MCE. BeyondTV, MythTV(and Linux), Meedio and Mediaplay are all ignored. This is a huge oversite on the part of the author. Hence my 3 stars.
In summary if you are new to building a PC and intend on using MCE this is the book for you. Experienced PC builders and those that wish to use other software options should avoid it.
If you are able to partition a hard drive and use hand tools you will be able to build your own HTPC. The process is very rewarding. By the way I am 55 years old and this is my first computer.
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