By Mike Clements posted Aug 30th 2010
In December of 2007 Corsair Labs took a look at building a high definition Home Theater PC, or HTPC. Since that time, several exciting new technologies and innovations have become available that give us cause to revisit the the topic. Today, users have more power and more options than ever before available in small form factor (SFF) systems. So, we are going to take a look at what is possible with an HTPC build using 2 very different systems.
Many users want more from a new piece of equipment than a simple digital video recorder (DVR) and cable box combination can provide. The HTPC is the tool for expanding your complete media experience. In addition to Blu-ray playback, a HTPC can be utilized for a multitude of uses. With the proper supporting equipment you can stream video to your HDTV from the internet, or your media server. You can record HD content from unencrypted cable channels from 2 channels simultaneously, you can view over the air (OTA) broadcast television, and there is nothing more fun than using your wireless keyboard to amaze your friends who are still wondering how you got Windows 7 to run on your 51" television. Read on and we'll show you 2 great ways to get all this and more.
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