i recently built my computer and had a lot of fun with it so now i would like to build another. i want a media center but im not sure about the operating center. would i just use windows 7 and run a program out of that or is there an actual operating system that runs like a media center? if that makes any sense
When you say you want a media center what, specifically, would you like it to do?
The reason I ask is that sometimes the lines are pretty blurry between the terms 'media center', 'home theater PC', and 'Network Attached Storage'.
Depending on the set of features you're looking for we may point you in different directions.
http://xbmc.org/download/ I have used xbmc for an old original x box and it works great it can stream off of another system and it has an xbox 360 type of feel to the menu system. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR9-vahLi1s this should give you a solid idea on what it looks like(you have to skip the guy showing you his basement.) Or if you want to get into a different full scale flavor of operating system I would suggest Ubuntu its extremely user friendly (mac like in nature) and both are totally free so if you dont like them theres no harm no foul. Honestly I would suggest xbmc if you dont need to surf the web but that is personal preference. EDIT: I have erred in my thinking I ran xbmc from a live boot flash drive but you can install UBUNTU and from there set xbmc as the startup program http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=HOW-TO_install_XBM...