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Purpose of an HTPC

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I guess I've never really understood what the draw of an HTPC is and who it's for, and despite my research I still haven't found an answer. I was hoping someone here could show me why it's worth the time/money to have one. (Other than having an excuse to build a PC *wink)

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I use mine to stream movies and tv shows using XBMC from my custom nas.


System: 5930K, MSI X99 SLI PLUS, GTX 780Ti (SLI),  840 EVO, Fractal R4 (Full Custom Loop)  (IP)

Media Server/Perm Folder: i3 4130, CX500, 4 X WD Red 1TB, 60GB Adata SSD for boot, Node 304, ASrock Z87-E ITX, 8GB Kingston Value Ram

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my HTPC functions as the set top box receiving encrypted TV signals from my TV provider and DVRing it through windows media center. beyond that it handles whatever streaming service I feel like.

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Well the one I'm planning to build will be for gaming on my TV downstairs (using Steam In-Home Streaming, limiting the hardware needed for 1080p 60fps wut), playing blu-rays, playing films and music off of the NAS, and eventually it's going to have a dual tuner TV card in it which will be recording to a 128GB internal SSD. And obviously internet streaming services as well.

 

It's basically going to be an epic console and DVR.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for the replies guys, unfortunately the only benefit I would get is in-home streaming through Steam, so for now it's not worth the investment.

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