Discussion in 'General Chat' started by delboyuk2005uk, Sep 11, 2007.
I here this being use on these forums quite a lot what is HTPC?
Home Theater Personal Computer
Oh right what so special about these over normal pcs
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.
They are supposed to have quiet fans
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.
Was going to move to the HTPC forum , but can't find it ? I'm sure there used to be one
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.
Quiet fans are one thing, but you can also get passively cooled hardware, including CPU and graphics cards.
this is the computer forum, 90% about HTPC hardware
Damn, is that why my one looks so naff then (it's err beige and err upright)
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.
They are like speakers.......You can spend as much as you want on them.
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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