View Full Version : [all variants] Advice on building a home theatre system with future support for home automation?

June 15th, 2012, 09:36 AM
Hey guys. I'm planning on building a small form factor media server running something like LinuxMCE or XBMCbuntu, and I have a few questions.

Would it be possible to expand the functionality of the installation, despite the fact it's a media centre-based distro? I'm looking to have it running 24/7 and act as a home theatre system, but I also want to add home automation functionality to it such as power monitoring, light control, an FTP server, full-screen video calling and voice activation.

Are there any recommended graphics card small enough to fit into a case with a small form factor?

What is the minimum computing power (cpu/ram) I'd need for such a setup?

Any advice for minimising noise/dust/ventilation problems?

Thanks in advance for your help!