The OC-Melbourne Home Entertainment PC (HEPC) Mod
With the release of PC-DVD drives and codecs such as "DivX", PC's
began to be included in home theater systems. While the cost of buying an entire
PC simply for playing DVD's on is a little exorbitant, since standalone DVD
players can be had for under AU$200, while an entire PC may cost over AU$500.
What if, however, this PC could do more than just play DVD's. Ever tried playing
your favourite PC game on a big-screen TV? What about emulating your favourite
console on the PC and also playing that on the TV (NB: only use an emulator
if you own the console and the game that you are emulating, as not doing so
is effectively stealing). Do I even need to mention DivX?
So now we have a PC that is capable of replacing many separate devices (such
as a DVD player, and consoles), but lets admit it, that big beige case probably
looks far worse than the hardware its replacing. Some people have gotten around
this by using specialised cases such as those from Shuttle, or fancy aluminium
cases such as those from LianLi. These cases, however, still don't integrate
seamlessly into modern home theater systems, as they still maintain their "PC"
Enter the OC-Melbourne HEPC...
As you can see from the image above, the OC-Melbourne HEPC is a one of a kind
mod, which has not been attempted (from my knowledge) to date. Sure there have
been Home Theater AMP mods and similar, but this case provides functionality
and seamless integration into modern home theater setups.
Read on for more specs, and a walkthrough of the creation process.
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