Originally Posted by BudgetHT
Why not "not for what you want"?
Do what you want to do and don't worry so much what others think about it?
Why do we think we have to justify what we do or get someone else approval?
You want to spend $500/$1000/$3000 on a HTPC? Then do it.
The only approval that counts for most of us on here is the WAF
When I originally posted my proposed configuration for my first HTPC here on AVS I wasn't looking for approval, rather the opinions of others based on their experience to get a different perspective. Some advice I took note of and made a few changes, others I ignored and went with what I wanted. After having used my HTPC for 3 months now, I could have easily done without the wants, saved a few hundred dollars, and still had the needs.
I agree that no one has to justify or get anyone elses approval. If they want to spend lots of money on a HTPC that's great. It's just better if they make an informed decision.
Western culture generally promotes consumption and that bigger is better. I don't think most people have learnt the lessons from the GFC yet. It's all about needs vs wants, but I digress
Originally Posted by flocko
I think what what he means (assumption) is that building what you really need in a htpc is best as opposed to trying to make a huge gaming / htpc or other combos that will produce tons of heat and noise . There is a happy medium in htpc construction that seems to work and to a point ...... less is better . Even a maxed out htpc only really includes mild gaming and other duties .
Sure you can do what you want but as soon as you move beyond a nice htpc that works well ...... then it is no longer a htpc
Flocko, you've expressed my sentiments exactly, although I don't think there is any one thing that a HTPC is. A HTPC is different things to different people based on their needs. I would consider almost every PC a HTPC in some ways now as most people use their PC to play some sort of media.