What is HTPC?

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  1. delboyuk2005uk

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    I here this being use on these forums quite a lot what is HTPC?
     
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    Home Theater Personal Computer
     
  3. delboyuk2005uk

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    Oh right what so special about these over normal pcs
     
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    Home Theatre Personal Computer I believe. A pc with high end hardware designed to be used within a home cinema environment.

    My computer was classed as a ht pc, but that was summit called Hyper thread, dunnow what it did mind, just sounded good at the time.

    Hope this helps.:)
     
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    They are supposed to have quiet fans
     
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    A HTPC (home theatre personal computer) or a media centre pc, all the same thing. They are just a normal pc that is used in a home theater environment.

    Usually they are quiet running, connected to a big screen and operated by remote control. Essentially any pc will do but there are many ways that you can configure a pc for optimum picture quality when used for video playback, and to operate quiet / silently so the noise of it running does not interfere with the home cinema experience.
     
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    Was going to move to the HTPC forum , but can't find it ? I'm sure there used to be one :)
     
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    It should also 'blend in' as AV furniture bit. For instance it may be horizontal, and in brushed aluminium rather than upright and beige or something.
     
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    Quiet fans are one thing, but you can also get passively cooled hardware, including CPU and graphics cards.
     
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    Damn, is that why my one looks so naff then :D (it's err beige and err upright)

    Dave
     
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    Yes its possible to turn any pc into a media pc, but is every pc not a media pc any way ?

    HTPC = A home theater PC, or HTPC for short, is a personal computer connected to a television or a television-sized computer display.

    They are designed to do this 95% of the time, they also focus on Quiet / minimal noise features. Other half proof. :smashin:

    They are like speakers.......You can spend as much as you want on them. :smashin:
     
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    I'd also say they may have a built in digital tuner and can record TV to the hard disk. They may not have a cutting edge graphics card and may be reasonably compact. As has been said there's no reason why you can't use any PC though. I use a Shuttle. On one side of my TV underneath the right speaker is a subwoofer. On the left of my TV under the left speaker is a Shuttle PC. The two balance out okay. One think I also found I needed was a wireless keyboard and mouse. On a normal PC it didn't matter as you are usually sitting over it anyway.
     

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