The Ultimate Home Cinema PC

I’m starting a new project for DVDTimes - I am going to build ‘The Ultimate Home Cinema PC’ using top of the range components and will take you through all of the steps needed to build a system capable of running anything you wish to throw at it. There will be no limitations on format - DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD will all be compatible and regions won’t be a restriction.

I’ll cover the hardware, software and configuration of the system and to top it all, the finished PC will be given away in a competition on DVD Times. The total retail cost is expected to be nearly £1,000.

In the run up to the article I will also update my

FilmJournal with my progress. This is an exciting project, both in terms of scope and the ability to play all formats and I hope you all find it useful.


The First Component

The first component is here - the stunning Shuttle SG33G5M. This gorgeous piece of hardware specifically designed for media centre use - it comes with every connection you need, supports all of the hardware and software we will be using and even ships with a remote control.

7 Responses to “The Ultimate Home Cinema PC”

  1. John Hodson Says:

    The Criterion news means that I’m riveted already Colin; bring it on.

  2. Michael Mackenzie Says:

    This sounds like a really interesting project, Colin. I’ve just bought an HD DVD/Blu-ray combo drive myself (an LG “Super Multi Blue”). Unfortunately, the system I’m using at the moment is a Shuttle with only two SATA connectors on its motherboard, both of which are being used for hard drives, so I won’t be able to use it until I get a new machine this summer. Still, it’s great to have an affordable solution to HTPC Blu-ray and HD DVD playback - this was only 85 quid including VAT and shipping from, and comes with PowerDVD for Blu-ray/HD DVD.

  3. Phil Quail Says:

    Sounds great, Colin, especially if you spell it out in simple terms and great detail! Anything too technical and I’ll be lost immediately…

  4. Stuart Cracknell Says:

    Hi Colin,
    I’ve built a media center using one of these shuttles, fantastic machine, don’t forget to check out this thread for hints & tips

    Good Luck!

  5. ColinP Says:

    Well nearly 2 months have passed and I’m almost ready to start. Hopefully the final component will be turning up today and I’ll start putting together the PC next week :)

  6. CMG Says:

    Have you made any progress?

  7. ColinP Says:

    I have - in fact that article is now complete here:

    I didn’t actually get time to post here whilst putting together the PC, but the final product is well worth investigating.

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