Is it worth building an HTPC?
October 7, 2013 9:20 AM Subscribe
After reading this Coding Horror post
and seeing some news about Dolphin emulator releasing 4.0, I've been pondering building an HTPC for media & gaming purposes, but I keep getting a lot of mixed signals as to ease of use & software quality. Is it really worth the time, money, and effort?
posted by zempf to computers & internet (5 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
This somewhat ties into the fact that my current desktop machine serves as little more than a file server -- I rarely use it for actual computing any more since it's not powerful enough to run any recent games (and in fact it's not even hooked up to a monitor right now). I currently have a jailbroken Apple TV (v2) running XBMC and do my Netflixing & whatnot through that, and have been thinking that I could build a new HTPC that would serve as a file server/media consumption device/gaming machine, but am I overdoing it? Would I be better off just buying a Roku or waiting until Steam Boxes come out or just sticking with the Apple TV, or should I indulge my inner nerd's desires to build a new box?