I want to build my family a HTPC for a combined Christmas present and would appreciate it if you guys could help me build one. I'm not sure about what you need for a HTPC, but it will be used in the living room for watching any shows or whatever they would like. They have surround sound in the living room so I'm not sure what I would need to get that working on the PC?
I don't want to spend a lot on this so the cheaper the better. Only requirement is that it has a 3tb hard drive. I will use Ubuntu as the OS to save on money, and I heard it's pretty good for a HTPC anyway. Would also need some way of controlling it. I live in Ireland so here are some recommended websites.