Build a living room PC with the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11

Components for our living room PC

Steve Jobs doesn't think most people want a computer on their TVs. But, I'm not most people. I want the a complete PC experience on my TV. I want to be able to watch anything on the Web, play the latest games, and run common PC applications on my big, living room TV.

If you're in this boat, you should take a serious look at the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11, which I reviewed as part of our Geek Gifts 2010 series.

As, the HD-ID11 is a bare-bones box, some assembly is required. And there are some serious visibility issues you'll need to consider when using it on a big TV. I'll walk you through the assembly process and my experience using the HD-ID11 in my living room.

I used the following parts to build our living room PC:
  • Seagate 250GB 7200RPM HDD
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM
  • Microsoft Arc wireless keyboard
  • Microsoft Mobile Mouse 6000
  • LG Electronics 42LH50 LCD TV (not shown)

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...