Building a Home Theater PC (HTPC) or NAS
Posted on 2011-10-11
I'm considering a HTPC or just going with a NAS instead. Basically we have a bunch of old CD's that we are converting to MP3. Then I have loads of pictures scattered around and want to get all of it on a NAS or HTPC that we can access from a central location. That in and of itself would be fine on just a NAS. But I was thinking about replacing the receiver and current dvd player and using an HTPC with a blu-ray as the DVD player, music player (replacing the cd player) and radio. I was thinking maybe pandora or some of the other online sources for radio. Most stations now have streaming so that would be fine.
I have been doing some reasearch and it seems that the volume of info is a bit nuts. I was leanign towards linux but now it seems Windows 7 maybe a better choice. I was leaning towards 64 bit windows but it seems 32 bit in many instances may be better, at least that is some of the information on the video side of things.
Are there any good internet TV sites? Would it be worth the added expense and trouble to build the HTPC? What about a remote, the information I have found on remotes so far has all been using windows. Are any that would allow me to run the DVD, MP3 and maybe the radio sites using a remote from Linux? What about the blu-ray player playing blu-ray disks from linux?
Is linux a usable option for HTPC? All the articles I can find are old, some using Vista.
Thanks folks, budget would be about 1000.00, as I have done some research and can build a system that seems to fit the bill for about that. I will not go into detail on the specs so I do not skew anyones thoughts on this.