Building a Windows Home Theatre PC

In this new How To Series at We Got Served, we take a look a building a modern, high spec, small footprint home theatre PC, running Windows. To get the full 513 page eBook guide, available in PDF, ePub and mobi formats, head over to We Got Served Store.

Once you’ve made your purchases, you’ll soon be ready to assemble your HTPC, which is where the fun really begins! As you’ll remember from the last chapter, I’ve selected an Intel NUC D54250WYK1 with a 4th Generation Core i5-4250U Processor barebones kit which will not take too much time at all to build. In the next chapter, I’ll walk through a full build from a previous project which will help those of you who have selected individual components and a case get up and running. Take it step by step, and you’ll have your PC ready to fire up in no time.

Our components list for this barebones build is actually pretty small. The Intel NUC comes mostly pre-assembled, with just RAM and storage needing to be fitted. As mentioned in the previous chapter, I’m teaming the Intel computer with 16 GB of Crucial-branded DDR3 RAM and their M500 240GB mSATA solid state drive, which you can see pictured below. For connectivity, I’ve also picked up a 2m Mini HDMI to HDMI cable, which you should find available cheaply from Amazon.

The Intel NUC Kit ships with:

  • Intel Desktop Board D54250WYK
  • VESA Bracket (for mounting directly behind a monitor)
  • Power Adaptor
  • AC Power Cord

unbox

 

Open up the box and you’ll be greeted with a small surprise, No spoilers here, but lovely branding from Intel.

Intel NUC Box Contents

Crack open the box, and take out the contents – we can now see the full set of components we need to assemble.

Intel NUC Unboxed

We can also take the opportunity to view the first pictures of our Intel NUC HTPC – when I cast my mind back to the hulking HTPCs of the last decade, the difference is truly mind-blowing.

Step 1: Open Up the NUC

Flip the NUC over, and you’ll see a Philips screw embedded in each of the computer’s feet.

Intel NUC Underside