Home Theater PC (HTPC)
I have always been interested in having a computer in the living room connected to the Television. Unfortunately, I never liked the idea of having a typical ATX computer case in the living room. Last year I got a great deal on a D5 Media Center Enclosure that I could use to hide a computer in my living room. Today there is a lot of Internet content that can be consumed very comfortably on a television from over 10 feet away. A few of my favorites are Youtube, podcasts, Ustream, and Pandora. There are also many applications that I prefer using in a living room setting like Picasa, Orbitron, and Livescribe just to mention a few. Below are some pictures and a Bill of Materials (BOM) of the HTPC in case you want to build your own.
D5 Media Center Enclosure - Front
D5 Media Center Enclosure - Open
My HTPC with power supply, Western Digital 250GB HD, DG33TL MB,
Intel Core2 Duo , 2GB DDR2 800 RAM, ATI Radeon™ HD 4670
The complete HTPC in the media center
D5 Media Center Enclosure = $50
mATX 350W PS = $20
Western Digital 250GB HD = $60
2GB DDR2 800 RAM = $23
DG33TL MB = $90
Intel Core2 Duo = $110
ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 w/ HDMI = $99
Total = $452
You might notice that I did not bother with a keyboard or mouse. That is because I use TightVNC Server on the HTPC and the TightVNC Viewer on my laptop. Using my laptop I am able to control the HTPC using the keyboard and trackpad.