My setup is designed for a college dorm room--Ive yet to test in in its final environment and will update this page as I do and as I get things to work. The goal was a low-cost (~$400 USD) hybrid that could be expandable/upgradable as more cash becomes available and as I understand linux and LinuxMCE more and more.
Basic network setup:
> NIC1 (External Network) > NIC2 (Internal Network) ----Macbook Pro/Windows laptops ----Any other ethernet devices
Hybrid Specs: NVidia 9400 GT 512 MB DDR2 PCIEx16 Graphics Card BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM2+/AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard NMediaPC HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center Case AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Cheap Dynex NIC (Realtek chip)
Other: Ill be purchasing a 20-24 inch monitor soon and will let you know how its working. Im also hoping to use an old PDA as a remote.