Is it Worth Building Your Own Home Theater PC?


HTPC inside by Flickr user gadgetdude.

Building gives you the option to customize as much as you want, but buying can be easier.

Mar. 02, 2009 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

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