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 Post subject: Silent PC for streaming in my livingroom
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:09 am 
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Hi, and thanks in advance for any suggestions.

I'm trying to build an inexpensive, silent, Windows Media Center (Win 7) PC for my living room. All it needs to do is record antennae broadcasts with a TV tuner card and push the recording back to my main PC's hard drive.

I'd also like it to stream content from my main PC (using Windows Media Center) in addition to Steam streaming for gaming (eventually, since it's still in Beta). I'll need HDMI output to my AV receiver, but I don't expect that to be a challenge.

I have a gigabit Ethernet switch, so no worries there.

Has anyone built something similar?


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 Post subject: Re: Silent PC for streaming in my livingroom
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:08 pm 
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Why Windows Media Centre? Take a look at MythTV as a major cost saving and Steam now runs well on Linux, potentially better than on Windows and compatibility will improve as the Steam box console is Linux based.

Any ideas on hardware that you want? If you want to play games then what kind of games? If you need a high end graphics card then this greatly changes the options for a media PC.

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 Post subject: Re: Silent PC for streaming in my livingroom
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:05 pm 
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edh wrote:
Why Windows Media Centre? Take a look at MythTV as a major cost saving and Steam now runs well on Linux, potentially better than on Windows and compatibility will improve as the Steam box console is Linux based.

Any ideas on hardware that you want? If you want to play games then what kind of games? If you need a high end graphics card then this greatly changes the options for a media PC.


I've thought about it, and decided that Windows Media Center has the best UI for what we want to do. The hardware can be relatively low end - I won't be doing any actual gaming on the system. Rather, I'll be streaming the game from Steam on my gaming rig once the service is released.


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