As per the title, I have a machine used purely for audio and video, nothing else at all, hooked up to my stereo and TV.
Audio playback from mp3, FLAC, WAV, wma etc
Audio CD playback.
Video files playback
Bluray playback (including mkv files and Bluray disks)
And that's it, perhaps some burning software as well.
Asus M4N78 Motherboard
AMD AM2 5050e Twin Core CPU 2.4Ghz
Asus GT 520 Silent 2GB Graphics Card
On Board LAN & Sound
2Gb OCZ DDR2 6400C5 memory
WD Raptor 74Gb HDD for OS
Hitachi SATA II 2Tb Disk for storage
Antec Fusion Remote HTPC Case Black
Hauppage Nova T-500 Twin Digital PCI TV Tuner card
LG BH10LS38 Bluray Drive
Corsair 430 Watt PSU
Logitech Cordless Desktop E110 Keyboard & Mouse
(Display & sound are media centre TV & Hi Fi)
I like Mint KDE, currently using V12 on another machine but open to suggestions.
I made this decision as I'm currently using my paid for version of Win Vista and it verily doth suck a great deal, it's so slow. It occured to me that I've often said 'I'd use Linux but I can't play games on it'. Well, this machine is not for playing games so no excuse.
Only probs I can think of is it may not see the machine I use to download files with Mint 12 KDE on Network. My network is hard wired so would this be a prob? It may actually be an advantage cos I download using Mint then swap to Windows for file transfer on network to media machine. And it's likely the Fusion case remote control software won't work in Linux but I only use it for switching machine on and off anyway.
I'm actually feeling quite excited about this, try not to put my fires out, lol