How to Choose the Perfect Media Center

If you're like us, the idea of an OS-powered TV couldn't come any sooner. Unfortunately, we're just going to have to wait a little longer for hard drives and CPUs to be implanted into our large screens, or you can take a used Xbox or old PC and turn that screen into sexy download hub for all of your streaming media across your network. And Lifehacker has done most of the leg-work for us to help make the right choice a piece of cake. By following the chart on the left from Lifehacker (click on image to see full image), it's almost guaranteed you'll find a working solution for your home setup. Personally, we love Boxee to death since we can easily share links with our friends on Facebook and it works seamlessly with our Mac Mini. Oh, and it has Hulu and Netflix (Yes!).

If you're looking for full reviews of each and every one of the media servers featured above, check out the link below. We think they've done an excellent job pointing out many of the points we've brought up in the past, but brings up many new ones that we haven't even thought about.

And for those of you looking for even more options, check out MythTV, GB-PVR, and MediaPortal.

[Via Lifehacker]

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