My sig rig is not a HTPC, and it'd be completely absurd to claim it is.
Let's look at what characteristics are widely accepted as a making a HTPC a HTPC.
First, whats the widely accepted definition of a HTPC?
|A Home Theater PC (HTPC) or Media Center is a convergence device that combines some or all the capabilities of a personal computer with software applications that supports video, photo, and music playback.|
This is basic, and most recent graphics card, regardless of if theyre meant for HTPC use or not have outputs to goto a TV setup, specifically HDMI/VGA/Component etc.
Quiet / minimal noise
A common user complaint with using standard PCs as HTPC units is background noise, especially in quieter film scenes. Most personal computers are designed for maximum performance, while the functions of a HTPC system may not be processor-intensive. Thus, passive cooling systems, low-speed fans, vibration-absorbing elastic mounts for fans and hard drives, and other noise minimizing devices are used in place of conventional cooling systems.
Integrating a HTPC into a typical living room requires a way of controlling it from a distance. Many TV tuner/capture cards include remote controls for use with the applications included with the card. Software such as Boxee, GB-PVR, SageTV, MediaPortal and Beyond TV support the use of Windows MCE and other remote controls. Another option is an in-air mouse pointer like the Wii Remote, GlideTV Navigator, or Loop Pointer which gives cursor control from a distance. It is also possible to utilize common wireless keyboards and other peripherals to achieve the same effect (though the range may not be as long as a typical remote control).
Now to be honest, I heavily disagree that any old PC connected up to a TV is a HTPC. It goes against the meaning and aims of a HTPC. If we start calling any PC a HTPC, why have a seperate word for it? Cmon guys, we need to stick to some sort of guideline.
That's why, my behemoth, noisy, monster of a PC that sits under my desk with my 32" TV does not make it a HTPC. Its not a HTPC. It's a PC, a plain old PC. If it was in a nice, small discrete case, with a quieter and cooler GPU, and I had some sort of wireless + comfortable means of using it from a distance (from my bed, this setups in my bedroom) (a wireless keyboard and mouse doesnt count, using a keyboard and mouse while sitting on a sofa/bed isn't comfortable at all) then yeah, we could start calling it a HTPC. But not in it's current state.
I'm not saying HTPCs have to be underpowered useless machines.
Edited by Cyph3r - 4/9/11 at 12:11pm