This article makes it sound really easy. Don't be fooled. Until recently, I wasn't happy with my home media setup. Ok, I still haven't achieved paradise, but here's what I've learned.
SExpand You won't find a better media center than the open-source XBMC, but most people don't have the space or desire to plug a noisy PC into their TV. Instead, I converted a cheap nettop into a standalone XBMC set-top box. Here's how.
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Turn Your Windows PC into a Media Center Powerhouse On the Cheap - Lifehacker