Home Theater PC

Home Theater PC

Recently Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror fame, updated his Home Theater PC. I had been thinking of doing the same, so below is my experience.

CPU Intel Core i3-2100
Motherboard MSi H67MA-E45
Memory Kingston 4GB DDR3

Standard case + power supply. I also added a 2TB hard drive + a Blueray writer.

Total damage: $800

Originally I installed Windows 7 Home Premium but had a few driver problems.

So I started again with Windows 7 Home Premium N and no problems.

How does it rate next to Jeffs’? 4.6 Windows Experience Index
Jeff managed a 5.1 – but I agree, take out the Aero desktop support and you have a 5.8 machine!

Interesting, Jeff got me all inspired when he started to talk about power consumption. He has been writing about this for sometime now. When I tested this machine, it was just under 40 watts.
Media PC Power Consumption
I have no idea how Jeff pulled off 22 watts, but he did say that he recycled old parts from a previous build.

I’m not too worried since a) this machine will be either in stand-by or turned off when not in use and b) a low power consumption device is going to increase the cost significantly.

For well under $AUD1,000 I’m only annoyed I didn’t do this sooner!