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Creating a Digital Home Entertainment System with Windows Media Center by Michael Miller

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Chapter 5. Buying or Building: Choosing the Right Media Center System for You

If you’re in the market for a new Media Center PC for your living room, you have several different directions in which you can go. If form factor isn’t an issue (if your PC will be behind cabinet doors, for example), you can go with a traditional desktop PC, with Windows XP Media Center Edition loaded. If you want your PC to better fit in with your other audio/video components, you can go with a component-like Media Center PC. Or, if you’re not comfortable with any of the prebuilt options (or want to save a few bucks), you can build your own Media Center PC from scratch.

Which option is for you? Well, that’s what this chapter is all about—choosing the right Media Center ...

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