SYS­TEM SE­LEC­TION

So, you want to build your own home the­ater PC—what are your op­tions?

Maximum PC - - HOME THEATER -

WHEN IT COMES to choos­ing the hard­ware for your HTPC, un­sur­pris­ingly, like the rest of our most pres­ti­gious hobby, it’s very easy to get swept up in one of those buy­ing fren­zies, and lay down way too much cash for a ma­chine that’s far more pow­er­ful than you re­ally need. GTX 1080? In­tel Core i7-8700K? 16GB of DDR4? Sure, you could shell out for all that, but un­less your use case sce­nario in­cludes some ex­cep­tion­ally high-end gam­ing on the side of your en­ter­tain­ment shenani­gans, the re­al­ity is that it would be to­tal overkill for your re­quire­ments. So, then, let’s break it down: What ex­actly do you need for a home the­ater PC? Well, the truth of the mat­ter is that Kodi will ac­tu­ally run on ev­ery­thing from the Rasp­berry Pi all the way up to a $10,000 su­per-tower, so let’s take a look at some ex­am­ple sys­tems to get a feel for the whole con­cept.

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