Noctua NH-U9B SE2 reviewed

Noctua has an excellent reputation for making quiet fans, so if you have a full height HTPC case, this might be the right HSF for you.   Noctua’s NH-U9B SE2 cooler is a special edition of the NH-U9B cooler for HTPCs or smaller cases. The NH-U9B SE2 now comes with two of Noctua’s NF-B9 92mm fans and adds support for […]

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7-Way SSD Round-Up: Sandforce vs. JMicron

If you have the budget, adding a SSD to your HTPC is a solid way to improve performance and best of all they are completely silent and produce very little heat.   It is hard to believe that almost two years has passed since we first rounded-up some of the first solid state drive offerings for the PC. Since that […]

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HD Guru Reminds Us to Update Firmware

I have to admit it was strange to find a section in the menus for updating the firmware on my new TV.  The surprising thing wasn’t that it was necessary, but that it was so accessible.  Some may complain about the need to do it in the first place, but to be honest I’d rather have the hardware now and […]

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I’m on the HTPCentric Podcast

I had a great time joining in on the HTPCentric hardware discussion.  We spent a lot of time on GPUs and why deinterlacing performance is really important, but there should be something for everyone if you’re interested in building a HTPC. Enjoy   While we’re a bit late for June, you get a major geek out in return!  This month, […]

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Media Streamer Platforms Roundup

I’m not sure I agree with Ganesh that the main selling point of a Media Streamer is low power, but there’s no argument that he knows the platforms and ecosytem really well.   The advent of digital downloads and music / movie streaming have made the HTPC scene quite popular. While pundits keep on debating the reasons as to why […]

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Moneual MonCaso 320

Moneual MonCaso 320

  Finding the perfect case for your Home Theater PC (HTPC) when it is going in the A/V stack is hard.  The system needs to blend in with the other components and pass the Spouse Acceptance Factor (SAF) all while having enough space for expandability and be easy to keep cool and quiet.  From our earlier look at the MonCaso […]

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Six Core Capable ITX Motherboard Announced

For anyone looking to put some serious BHP in a small form factor (SFF) HTPC or WHS J&W has the board for you.  Cooling it will be a tough, but sometimes a good challenge makes it more fun.   J&W, the company that hides under the MINIX brand, has surprised us with one quite unique and feature packed ITX motherboard. […]

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Cool Sage V7 Main Menu Modification

PluckyHD of Sage Movie Wall fame (and soon Sage My Movies – which just might be my favorite UI import) just released a theme and main menu customization to get back some of the dynamic menu goodness that V6 had. I haven’t had a chance to install it yet, but the video looks really cool.     Plucky’s Menu Mod […]

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Using MPC HC As Your Video Player In XBMC

For those who love XBMC’s attractive HTPC UI but have HD Audio in their videos and the hardware to match, Damien from MediaSmartServer.net has the guide for you.   One of the most important features  I look for when looking at a front end is the ability and ease to bitstream HD audio (DTS-MA and TrueHD) from my Blu Ray […]

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