Build A Silent HTPC with NVIDIA ION and Intel Atom

There are so many media center streamers on the market but what if you want more control of formats and look. You might need to get a full fledged computer for the job. Generally that can cost a lot more than an streamer but not with NVidia’s ION graphics and Intel Atom. Lifehacker has a great post about setting up a Nettop desktop as a full media center machine. The nice things about the Acer Aspire Revo is it’s only $199.99 and has HDMI that supports 1080p. At that price you are equal to a lot of the nicer streamers but you get the ability to customize it for your needs. The Lifehacker posts installed XMBC and they walk you through everything to get that accomplished.

I hadn’t really looked at the ION based desktops before. I wish I would have. Their low price, HDMI out and silent operation make them great for HTPC setups.

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