Making a Netflix / Hulu / Amazon / Internet streaming PC

March 15, 2013 at 09:09:57
Specs: XP / 7 - Ubuntu, 16Gig+
So I have a Roko, Boxee Box and a Logitech Revue...they all work great but each is missing that certain something that would make it perfect for my Internet streaming content needs. So I'm considering building my own Internet streaming content computer out of the numerous spare computers I have collecting dust in my office, garage, get the picture.

Considering the size of the above mentioned devices I can't believe that a "streaming computer" would require all that much in the way of hardware...But I'm not sure where to begin.

I'm not interested in a "Media Center" so I don't believe I need a special "tuner"....The only special hardware I think that I need is an HDMI card and wireless keyboard and mouse.

Any suggestions would be helpful...

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March 17, 2013 at 08:57:34
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While I know you are interested in building from your spare parts, don't neglect your options. If you build a low-grade 'box' with outdated parts, you are going to receive outdated results.

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March 18, 2013 at 05:11:00
ThinkSpace....I went to your link!

I should have listed what parts I had to make things a little clearer.

The box I've decided to use has an AMD Phenom X4 3Ghz CPU. 8 GB of 1600Mhz DDR 3 Memory, 2X 1TB Western Digital Blue 7200rpm SATA hard drives.

Add to that a recent video card upgrade to a nvidia Geforce GT630 4GB DDR3 HDMI DVI VGA PCIe video card.

It also has a DVD drive but I don't remember the specs on it. And a wireless keyboard with mouse pad.

The OS is Win 7 Ultimate and I use Waterfox, the 64bit version of Firefox, as my default browser.

I guess I am wondering if I've left something out that will make it all work flawlessly?

As a test, I connected the box to my "60 Sharp HD T.V. via HDMI and was able to watch some Hulu episodes in HD. When there was little movement the picture was flawless...but when the action started things got a little choppy. Not sure how to address this so I'm willing to listen to any and all advise!


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