I will show you the basics for make an easy media center. After that I will give you some options that you can do after you setup the basic media center.
Things you will need for the basic media center:
-The opensource software "XBMC"
-HDMI Cable or VGA Cable (take HDMI)
-Remote and receiver for computers
-TV with VGA OR HDMI connection
Step 1: Step 1: Old Laptop/PC
- I think that 2 GB's of RAM is enough
- A dual-core CPU OR pentium will be sufficient.
At first I will reinstall my OS. I took windows 7 (has no reason why I took WIN 7)
I did this step because my laptop was very slow. You can skip this step if you want.