The HTPC beginners guide grows

Subject: Systems | February 2, 2011 - 02:22 PM |

Over at MissingRemote a dedicated crew have been assembling a guide that covers all the basics you need to know to put together a powerful and functional HTPC.  Perhaps one of the most important parts they cover is the idea that "Your HTPC Is Not An Investment".  Don't wait for the newest cutting edge tech and pick up parts that are as fast as you need but don't go for overkill.  The way media storage and broadcasting changes, the next HTPC upgrade you make may well need to be an entirely new system.

"Continuing our series of Beginner's Guides for HTPC and Home Theater, this guide offers ten basic tips

for getting your HTPC up and running smoothly. Most of these were learned the hard way, hope that

sharing means you don't have to...Recording and scanning big TV files for commercials hits a drive

really hard. Having at least two physical drives separates the bandwidth necessary to keep the user

interface (UI) responsive and minimize the risk for glitches during recording and playback. After

adding up all the traffic caused by Media Center recording and ShowAnalyzer reading back and forth in

the file while you try to watch it (all potentially multiplied by the number of tuners); then add in a

couple “extenders” - you’ll be glad you put the operating system (OS) on one disk and recordings on


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