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Beginner’s Guide to HTPC Basics

Continuing our series of Beginner’s Guides for HTPC and Home Theater, this guide offers ten basic tips for getting your HTPC up and running smoothly.  Most of these were learned the hard way, hope that sharing means you don’t have to.

1. Dedicate a physical drive for recording TV

2. Don’t Go Green (when choosing a hard drive)

3. Reduce/disable the Recycle Bin

4. Add Anti-Virus (AV) exclusions

5. Use a Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)

6. Don’t Ignore The Network

7. Get Some Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) In The Power Supply Unit (PSU)

8. RAM Is Cheap – Get 4GB (even on x86)

9. Don’t Forget A Keyboard

10. Your HTPC Is Not An Investment



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