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My Excellent Media Centre Setup!

There comes a time in everyones life when they get old and just want to watch the Simpsons all day – every day.

I wanted this, but I didn’t want to think too much about it after i’ve set it up. I don’t want to have 30 remotes and I wanted something that would index all of my media and make it easy to find and play what I have in my collection.

To achieve this I used the following hardware and software:


  • *HP Microserver N54l
  •  4x 2tb hard drives
  •  1x 64gb SSD (for OS)
  •  Thermaltake max 5 duo (allows 2.5in ssd and a 5th 3.5in disk)
  •  Asus Nvidia gt610
  •  Astrotek PCI-E 2x SATA expansion card


  • Ubuntu Linux
  • XBMC

Now XBMC is the key to all this – it will index all of your media and present in a way that makes it easy



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