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    Media Centre PC - What do you guys do?

    Evening People,

    I'm looking to get some sort of device for storing my media - films/music/tv progs etc and connecting it to my TV. My wife also wants it to store our pictures so it can be used to distribute to our wireless digital picture frame.

    Ideally it would also hold all my music for sending over to iTunes (through the wireless router).

    What would you guys suggest?

    A small Media PC running Windows 7? What software?

    What do you guys do for this sort of thing - if anything.

    Look forward to reading your replies,

    Gareth

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    Hm - just found this post: Help building home server

    But the HP ones don't seem to have an interface that can be worked through the TV. I would like to control it with my Logitech Harmony remote (not sure if it can be done).

    Gareth

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    I use one of these as a media PC. But, my requirements are just watching the occasional film either streaming from my main PC or from a USB stick. It's nice though to have HDMI which gives a good feed to my AV amp. I guess for pictures and music the question would be can you live with 500GB storage on the unit?

    There's a good thread on AVForums about this unit Here
    Last edited by pcstru; 25th October 2011 at 08:26 AM.

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    Probably a traitor and you will swear / flame me but I have a mac mini for this

    Sits under my telly nicely and have a 2tb drive connected via firewire 800 which is plenty fast enough to watch mkv etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Probably a traitor and you will swear / flame me but I have a mac mini for this
    BURN HIM!!! BURN HIM!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    BURN HIM!!! BURN HIM!!!
    For me it was so I could avoid windows and wasn't keen on going the linux route, there is other alternatives as above boxee and I think there is a linux distro that is similar to the xbox 360 GUI etc

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    I'll be using Ubuntu + Boxee.

    If you want an out-of-the-box solution, you can go for Mythbuntu.
    About Mythbuntu | Mythbuntu

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    wasn't keen on going the linux route
    Switch to Linux.

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    xbmc, been using it years XBMC

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    Hi Gareth, I suspect you may be confusing a media centre PC with a media server which is a different beast altogether. With a media centre you would be able to play and record live TV/satellite etc. as well as play games via your TV. With a media server, it would primarily be for storing/streaming and ripping media which is I think, what you are after. In this case I would go for something small, relatively low powered but with enough grunt to play media and stream over LAN/Wireless. If this is what you are after I would suggest you take a look at linitx.com and perhaps get a case that could fit in a small motherboard (if you have an old dual core processor see if you can reuse this) with, say an ION chipset for HD playback, passive cooling and a DVD drive as well as the potential for adding a wirless card (a small b/g/n USB adaptor only costs £7 and does not protrude at all) and bobs your uncle.
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    I have a WDTVLIVE with a USB HDD plugged in. It autoshares the drive so it is available to other devices. Its not much bigger than the size of a 20 pack of smokes, and plays every file format Ive thrown at it.

    Im pretty impressed and it was really cheap

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    Windows 7 on a mini-ITX ION board. Put all your media in Windows Libraries that are indexed by Windows Medi Player and as such Media Center. Hook up the machine to a TV via HDMI and you get full media center, Other network connected TVs can access the content through DLNA - also provided by WMP. Hook up a TV tuner and it can even record live tv and share it out. If you want a consistant interface on everthing get xbox 360s or media centre extenders to hook up to each TV that is not directly connected and you get the MCE interface on everything, games included.

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    Now if only this had a hard drive: Sony SMPN100B USB Media Player with Built-in Wi-Fi: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
    I wish Sony would stop missing the point. They make good products (they do!), it's just they don't fulfil the requirments of the consumer.

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    thanks everyone. got to go out for the day but will reply properlymthis evening.

    @dos-box : yeah I'm hoping to get a hybrid box that does both. maybe I'm better getting the server first to store and then the media pc to do other things.

    Gareth

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