For the last few months I have thought about building a replacement PC for one that’s connected to my TV. This PC is running Windows 8 with Media Center and has been my DVR for some time. I have run variations of Windows Media Center since around 2006, all the way back to Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. I still haven’t found a better solution than Windows Media Center for recording live TV, so I am continuing to stick with it. I really hope Microsoft does something special and creates a Windows 8 modern app version of Media Center but I’m not holding my breath.
I’ve wanted to replace my current Media Center PC for some time. It’s big, heavy, loud, and powerful. Don’t get me wrong, I love powerful PCs but having this thing on for a good part of the day doesn’t sit well with me. It uses quite a bit of power, which for a TV PC, isn’t necessary. So I decided to slim down and search for a low power, quiet, and cost-effective PC that isn’t an eye sore. I compared a few models before settling on this one.
My new PC is the Intel NUC D54250WYK. It comes with Core i5 processor on a motherboard in a nice little case. It also includes an infrared sensor which is perfect for my existing remote. The other components you have to buy separately. I purchased a mSATA 120 GB hard drive, 8 GB of RAM, and a wireless network card that also provides Bluetooth connectivity. This is perfect package for a small connect yet powerful PC.
I have personally built every PC i have ever owned (except for my very first) and I have to say this was the simplest one yet. I built the thing in about 5 minutes. I created a video to show how I did it. I will go into detail on another post about the configuration later after I have everything set up.