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A New PSU? Calculate Your Power Requirements

Posted on 29 December 2013 by Peter Backx

Power Supply

If you’re building a new PVR or HTPC, it can difficult to pick the right wattage for your power supply (PUS). You don’t want it too high because this costs extra money and noise. But you certainly don’t want it too low because this can result in many different problems.

This tools will help you out.

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3 HTPC Builds, Pick and Build Your Favorite

Posted on 08 November 2013 by Peter Backx

PVR’s and HTPC’s have become much more than simple media players. You can game on them and, if you really want, you can even get some work done on them.

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Your Own Multiroom Setup

Posted on 11 June 2013 by Peter Backx

The pinnacle of every home entertainment enthusiast has to be the multiroom system. Control audio and video in all of your rooms from one controller. Centralize your collection and use it anywhere. Read on to start building your affordable multiroom system.

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The Definitive Build Your Own Guide: Software

Posted on 27 November 2012 by Peter Backx

Now that you’ve got all the hardware, it’s time to actually use that PVR or HTPC you built. Some people get by using the same software they are used to on their normal computer. But you’ll soon notice that this isn’t very optimized for usage from the couch on a big screen TV. So it’s very much recommended to install custom media center and PVR software.

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The Definitive Build Your Own Guide: PVR Components

Posted on 26 November 2012 by Peter Backx

If you want to build your own personal video recorder (PVR), you will need most of the items on the HTPC shopping list and on top of that, you’ll need some way to tune to your TV channels and capture it. That’s what this article is all about.

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The Definitive Build Your Own Guide: Off-the-shelf and Ready to Use

Posted on 21 November 2012 by Peter Backx

In this part of the guide, we’ll focus on existing media devices that you can just buy and start using. It might seem strange to talk about ready made commercial off-the-shelf products in a build your own guide. However, there are quite a few instances where building your own machine is probably not the best solution.
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The Definitive Build Your Own Guide: HTPC Components

Posted on 18 November 2012 by Peter Backx

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the shops, it’s time to build your own. In this article, I’ll give you a short overview of all the components in a home theater PC (HTPC) and provide you with some good picks.

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The Definitive Build Your Own Guide: PVR vs DVR vs HTPC

Posted on 18 November 2012 by Peter Backx

Does it matter whether you call your personal media machine a PVR, DVR or HTPC? No, not at all, but knowing the slight, sometimes very subjective difference may help you in finding the right information and help.

So lets take a closer look.

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XBMCbuntu NVidia TV Out Howto

Posted on 28 May 2012 by Peter Backx

Connect your TV to XBMCbuntu with our latest tutorial.

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Clean up Your Music Collection

Posted on 19 May 2012 by Peter Backx

Need an idea for the weekend? Why not clean up your music collection?

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