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    HTPC setup

    I can't seem to decide on how to approach a HTPC setup, so I wanted to bounce some ideas around and get some feedback.

    First, what I want to do with the HTPC/media stack to do:
    Stream (Netflix and Youtube for sure, maybe Hulu and others later)
    Play DVDs and Blu-Ray (Blu-Ray capability not needed immediately)
    Play/push FLACs to receiver/surround sound
    File server

    Just to be clear, I will not be:
    DVRing/timeshifting live TV
    3D
    Creating and storing encoded DVDs/Blu-Rays
    PC gaming on TV

    So far I have:
    Wii
    2x 2TB hard drives
    Full size DVD-RW

    The TV and surround sound will come later, no room to fit them in my bedroom yet.

    As of right now, the budget is up in the air, ideally ~$500 but can be stretched, just nothing extravagent. I'm also willing to wait if Fusion is worth it.

    And the three setups I keep bouncing between are:

    #1: All-in one
    i3+H55/Phenom 2 + 890gx/Fusion running Ubuntu with XMBC/Boxee software (not sure which yet)

    #2: Separate front and back end
    Get something minimal like an Atom or a dedicated streamer box, with a file server for my media.

    #3: no HTPC
    Just buy a streaming box and/or internet ready Blu-Ray player, and build a file server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disk11 View Post
    #2: Separate front and back end
    Get something minimal like an Atom or a dedicated streamer box, with a file server for my media.

    #3: no HTPC
    Just buy a streaming box and/or internet ready Blu-Ray player, and build a file server.
    One of these two, or sort-of both. Something like a Roku box would be great, and fairly cheap, thus fulfilling your HTPC requirement for your front end. Then just put together a cheap NAS rig using something like FreeNAS. Even low-end gear would be fine.

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