Is it Worth Building Your Own Home Theater PC?
Building gives you the option to customize as much as you want, but buying can be easier.
HTPC inside by Flickr user gadgetdude.
March 02, 2009 by Jason Unger

For most tech-savvy consumers looking to run their home theater with a media center PC, there are two options: build or buy.

If you’ve ever tinkered with putting together a PC, you know the number of options you have to put together the “ultimate” system for your needs.

But when it comes to maximizing a PC for your home theater, does it make sense to build it yourself—or to buy from a retailer or dealer?

By building, you may be limited in getting access to certain parts, like CableCard tuners, and are certainly going at it on your own. But the DIY option lets you customize the system exactly to your needs, from hardware to software to form factor.

Plus, doing it yourself may save you some serious money.

So, we want to know: is it worth building your own home theater PC?

Answer the poll and then let us know why in a comment.

Follow Electronic House on Facebook and Twitter.

Is it Worth Building Your Own Home Theater PC?

FREE Charter Platinum Membership
Claim your FREE Charter Platinum Membership to EH Network and receive 6 FREE issues of EH Magazine.*
First Name
Last Name
Email Address

We understand your email address is private. By granting you access to the EH Network, you agree to receive email communications from us, including our newsletters. You can manage your subscription at any time in the future.
* The new EH Network launches and your free subscription begins December 2014.


Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.