My HTPC Setup

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What's in the Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC):

The Hardware:


HP dx2200 Intel Pentium 4 524 3.06GHz(HT)

RAM = Crutial 2GB kit (1GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module #CT541861 Specs: DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64

Primary hard drive: 160GB SATA II HDD with 8MB cache(runs at 150MB/s due to motherboard)

Secondary hard drive (media storage): Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300


Video Card (fanless) = GIGABYTE GV-NX85T256H GeForce 8500GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

2x Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1600 (HAU1178) Dual tuners TV receiver, of course, if I had to do it over I would have one HVR-1600 and one HVR-1800 because the 1800 has FM tuner capabilities.

10/100 LAN

Microtower Desktop PC


The Software:

Windows Vista Home Premium


Video Components:

ELO 15" Touchscreen

Infocus x1 Projector


Audio Components:

Receiver:        Yamaha HTR-5790 

DVD Player:    Yamaha DV-S5650 (single DVD) 

                       Sony DVP-CX777ES (400 DVD Megachanger) 

CD Player:       Denon CD Changer DCM-777

VCR:                Mitsubishi VCR HS-U500

Cassette Tape Player:    Denon

See additional photos of the home theater room here.

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