While there exists a slew of options available to stream content from your computer to your brand spankin' new LCD (here's just a few we've covered in the past few months: Playstation 3, Wii, and Mac Minis), there is absolutely nothing that compares functionality-wise to having a full-fledged media center PC at your disposal. For those new to building computers, here is an in-depth guide we found that will walk you step-by-step through the most difficult processes to create your own media center powerhouse for (relatively) cheap.
From PC Magazine:
Parts you'll need (while these are personally parts we found to be extremely well-performing and holds great value, feel free to switch out parts when necessary):
- SilverStone Grandia Micro-ATX GD02B chassis ($159.99)
- ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI Motherboard ($89.99)
- 45-watt AMD Athlon X2 4850e CPU ($77)
- Fanless SilverStone NT01 heat sink ($50.99)
- 500GB Western Digital Caviar Green Power (WD5000AACS) 7,200-rpm SATA hard drive ($74.99)
- 2GB of Crucial 667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM ($42.99)
- SilverStone 500-watt SST-ST50EF-Plus power supply ($89.99)
- Wireless-G PCI adapter ($21.19)
- DH-4B1s Blu-ray writer ($299.99)
- ATI's All-In-Wonder HD card ($219.99)
- Microsoft Vista Home Premium ($109.99)
- Total cost: $1247.00
Congratulations! You're all done and ready to install Windows Vista Home Premium. You should now be able to use your computer to play Bluray movies, make Bluray movies, record full 1080p content, play video games, and without ever having to worry about streaming issues ever again!