I've finally got my HTPC to a Zen-like state; one remote, looks slick and is super-simple for anyone to use. I'm not interested in using it as a computer, I never want to see a Windows desktop - I just want my media and news how and when I choose.
I've seen a few people post pics of their home setups, so here are a few pics (ignore the Sony HD recorder, I should really get around to getting that on TradeMe).
Here's the whole rig
And here are some pics to give you an idea of the interface
(the titles etc scroll, it isn't cutting them off)
It does everything you'd expect, play, rip, burn, download, full EPG (via satellite) and it's dead silent.
Here's a summary of what drives it:
DISPLAY: Dell 24" 2408WFP, connected via DVI
AMP: Sony DAV-DZ720, 5.1 setup, 1000W
OTHER: 5 way component AV switch
Silverstone SST-LC16M Black case w 460W ZM460B-APS silent power supply
ASUS M2N-E SLI
AMD Dual Core 4600+ AM2 + Zalman CNPS7500-Cu LED heatsink/fan
2 GB DDR2 667 RAM in dual channel mode
1TB SATA2 HDD
Nvidia GeForce 8500GT (Factory overclocked/fanless)
Dual-layer 48x DVD burner with Lightscribe
2 x Hauppauge WinTV HVR4000 (Analogue + DVB-S/S2 + DVB-T), one for DVB-S one for DVB-T **UPDATED**
Windows MCE remote + keyboard
Windows Media Centre 2005
MediaPortal RC2 **UPDATED**
Haali Media Splitter
CoreAVC Pro <- needed for DVB-T **UPDATED**
MCE Standby Tool
DriveImage XML (for backups)
There's a ton of tweaking that has also occured, little things like making the MCE button launch MediaPortal and S3 standby/wake from the power button on my remote. The only other things I think I may do, apart from getting a cabinet to put this all in, is add a second HVR4000 once DVB-T is sorted out.
Let me know what you think :)