So as some of you may know I have recently bought another house and moved in to that house. This issues I have been faced with is that I now need to have live TV available on both TVs(and for fun in my office).
I have a cheap discard PC from an office that I have been using for over a year as my main HTPC. I don’t remember the specs, but they are poor. It really just gets the job done. I have been looking to build a new system for the living room.
My requirements are small.
- Run Windows Media center
- Be able to record at least 30 hours of HD
- Run Netflix
- Run XBMC
- Run Plex
All the barebones light weight systems were either too weak Atom systems or expensive Sandy bridge system.
Well this week Intel launched a new BayTrail/Celeron based NUC. Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit -Celeron DN2820FYKH0 and it was cheap too at just $139.
I also picked up a 4gb SODIMM Kingston Value RAM 4GB (KVR13S9S8) and I am gonna use a leftover 500gb 2.5 inch drive. So my total cost is about $180. If you need to buy a hard drive this is what I have. 500GB WD Blue WD5000LPVX
Everything should be here by Thursday and I will document the build.