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Buyers Guide: Home Theater PC Configuration

Home theater PCs really run the gamut. Some of them double as gaming rigs. Others boast tons of storage for archiving media. Others exist solely for watching and recording television programs. Without a TV tuner card or Wi-Fi, this quarter's selection is Blu-ray watching, local media packing, gaming-capable set-top box. Packing a dual-core Core i3 processor and Radeon HD 7750 graphics, this rig won't be playing any brand-new AAA titles, but casual gaming and even lowered settings shouldn't be a problem. It includes a ton of storage along with a decently-sized system SSD. Fortunately, the Radeon HD 7750 is quite capable at media playback, and the fact that this setup includes a Blu-ray burner makes it equally attractive for watching and backing-up movies. Congratulations "A little bit of Blu-ray, a little bit of couch gaming" for being the build picked by the Tom's Hardware community this quarter!

  • December 01, 2013 : Updated to reflect the Q4 2013 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations "A little bit of Blu-ray, a little bit of couch gaming"!
  • March 14, 2013 : Updated to reflect the Q1 2013 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations hapkido!
  • August 18, 2011 : Updated to reflect the Q3 2011 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations sadams04!