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Build the Ultimate Home Theater PC

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Extreme Tech Build the Ultimate Home Theater PC walks readers through building a PC optimized for home media.  Inside, readers will find expert advice on finding and selecting hardware, making difficult choices for HDTV cards, choosing an operating system and, of course, building and using their HTPC.

By understanding what’ s important for home entertainment use, and specifying and building a system designed to meet those criteria, do-it-yourselfers can build powerful, capable Media Center PCs. In fact, they can choose to save money by matching normal commercial configurations, or they can add extra processing power and storage well above and beyond commercial equivalents for about the same price as a normal commercial box. Either way, they’ re bound to come out ahead, and be far better prepared to work through subsequent updates, upgrades, and enhancements in the future.

Beyond issues associated with buying and building multimedia PCs, the range of topics also includes options related to viewing and burning DVDs, viewing and recording television (both conventional NTSC and HDTV), capturing, managing, and playing music, dealing with digital photos and home movies, capturing and playing radio stations, integrating Internet resources with standard entertainment media, and integrating a media center PC with existing home theater components.

Synopsis:

The best of both worlds-now THIS is entertainment

You love tinkering with technology. The digital lifestyle is your lifestyle. So building your own Home Theater PC just might be as entertaining as using it. In these pages, a couple of fellow tinkerers explain the components and subsystems of a Home Theater PC and help you choose and pur- chase parts, assemble and test the PC, install Windows(r) Media Center Edition, and get the whole thing up and running. Then, invite your friends over and watch 'em turn green.

All you need to know

Clear, step-by-step instructions, complete with parts lists, pictures, and diagrams

* What makes it an HTPC

* Choosing the CPU and memory

* Graphics, video, and HTPC audio

* Monitors and displays

* Networking your HTPC

* Remotes-and how many you can lose

* Installing MCE 2005

* Your choice-P4, Pentium M, or Athlon 64

* Maximizing your multimedia experience

* . . . and more!

Synopsis:

The best of both worlds—now THIS is entertainment

You love tinkering with technology. The digital lifestyle is your lifestyle. So building your own Home Theater PC just might be as entertaining as using it. In these pages, a couple of fellow tinkerers explain the components and subsystems of a Home Theater PC and help you choose and pur- chase parts, assemble and test the PC, install Windows® Media Center Edition, and get the whole thing up and running. Then, invite your friends over and watch 'em turn green.

All you need to know

Clear, step-by-step instructions, complete with parts lists, pictures, and diagrams

  • What makes it an HTPC
  • Choosing the CPU and memory
  • Graphics, video, and HTPC audio
  • Monitors and displays
  • Networking your HTPC
  • Remotes—and how many you can lose
  • Installing MCE 2005
  • Your choice—P4, Pentium M, or Athlon 64
  • Maximizing your multimedia experience
  • . . . and more!

About the Author

Ed Tittel has been involved with computers for nearly 25 years. Since 1994 he's been a full-time writer and tech editor. Among his many book credits is PC Magazine: Fighting Spyware, Viruses, and Malware, also published by Wiley.

Mike Chin has been a gadget geek since before he learned to read. After dabbling in business journalism and home audio, he settled into technical writing and consulting. He created www.silentpcreview.com, the leading online authority on computer acoustics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: Meet the Modern Multimedia PC.

Chapter 1: Basic PC Components and Elements.

Chapter 2: Bringing Media to the PC.

Part II: PC Pieces and Parts.

Chapter 3: The HTPC Case and Power Supply.

Chapter 4: The PC Motherboard.

Chapter 5: The Central Processing Unit.

Chapter 6: HTPC Memory.

Chapter 7: Hard Disk Drives.

Chapter 8: Optical Storage and HTPCs.

Chapter 9: HTPC Graphics and Video.

Chapter 10: Sound Cards and HTPC Audio.

Chapter 11: HTPC Audio Setups.

Chapter 12: Monitors and Displays.

Chapter 13: Networking Your HTPC.

Chapter 14: The HTPC Remote and Controlling Your Set-Top Box.

Part III: Planning and Building Your Media Center PC.

Chapter 15: Planning Your HTPC.

Chapter 16: Assembling an HTPC.

Chapter 17: Installing Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

Part IV: Media Center PC Projects.

Chapter 18: Building a P4 HTPC.

Chapter 19: Building a Pentium M HTPC.

Chapter 20: Building an Athlon 64 HTPC.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: More about Media Center PCs and MCE.

Appendix B: (HT)PC Hardware Information and Resources.

Appendix C: DVD and Movie Information and Resources.

Appendix D: Digital Music Information and Resources.

Appendix E:Windows Radio: Finding Stations and Recording.

Appendix F: PC TV and Related Hardware Info.

Appendix G: Home Video Hardware and Media Info.

Appendix H: PC Audio Hardware and Playback Info.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471755494
Publisher:
Wiley
Subject:
Engineering - Electrical & Electronic
Author:
Tittel, Ed
Author:
Chin, Mike
Subject:
Microcomputers
Subject:
Design and construction
Subject:
Interactive multimedia
Subject:
Hardware - Personal Computers - PCs
Subject:
Hardware - Personal Computers - General
Subject:
Computer Architecture - General
Subject:
Systems Architecture - General
Subject:
Personal Computers & Micro / IBM-Compatible
Subject:
Home entertainment systems.
Subject:
Microcomputers -- Design and construction.
Subject:
Computer Hardware / PC
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
ExtremeTech
Series Volume:
26
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
236.2 x 188 x 25.4 mm 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The best of both worlds-now THIS is entertainment

You love tinkering with technology. The digital lifestyle is your lifestyle. So building your own Home Theater PC just might be as entertaining as using it. In these pages, a couple of fellow tinkerers explain the components and subsystems of a Home Theater PC and help you choose and pur- chase parts, assemble and test the PC, install Windows(r) Media Center Edition, and get the whole thing up and running. Then, invite your friends over and watch 'em turn green.

All you need to know

Clear, step-by-step instructions, complete with parts lists, pictures, and diagrams

* What makes it an HTPC

* Choosing the CPU and memory

* Graphics, video, and HTPC audio

* Monitors and displays

* Networking your HTPC

* Remotes-and how many you can lose

* Installing MCE 2005

* Your choice-P4, Pentium M, or Athlon 64

* Maximizing your multimedia experience

* . . . and more!

"Synopsis" by , The best of both worlds—now THIS is entertainment

You love tinkering with technology. The digital lifestyle is your lifestyle. So building your own Home Theater PC just might be as entertaining as using it. In these pages, a couple of fellow tinkerers explain the components and subsystems of a Home Theater PC and help you choose and pur- chase parts, assemble and test the PC, install Windows® Media Center Edition, and get the whole thing up and running. Then, invite your friends over and watch 'em turn green.

All you need to know

Clear, step-by-step instructions, complete with parts lists, pictures, and diagrams

  • What makes it an HTPC
  • Choosing the CPU and memory
  • Graphics, video, and HTPC audio
  • Monitors and displays
  • Networking your HTPC
  • Remotes—and how many you can lose
  • Installing MCE 2005
  • Your choice—P4, Pentium M, or Athlon 64
  • Maximizing your multimedia experience
  • . . . and more!

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