I have a few questions concerning HTPCs (Home theater personal computer.) I'm thinking of building one for my basement but I'll adress that a bit later in this post. Here are a few of my questions:
1) What can they do really? Here's what I know, they can play anything that is ALREADY on your harddrive, movies, shows, songs, etc. What can they hook up to that will be compatible? As in, can they hook up to consoles and you could use USB controlers to play the game? What else can they do?
2) My knowlege is somewhat limited. When building a HTPC do you just need to build a computer using windows media center edition and have a remote control for the PC? Is that it or is it more complex? What do you see when you turn on the computer? A normal desktop or is it different than what'd you see on a XP edition(home/pro.)
Now, I'm thinking of building a HTPC with a budget of $1,000-$1,500 (Either this or modding a case, or both, that'd be cool.) Can I get a good HTPC for 1000? What would you recommend for some parts that would fit into this budget *closer to 1,000 is much better ;P.*