Turn Your Old Computer Into A Home Theater PC

Don’t Throw Out Your Old PC, Recycle It!

Upgrading your tech is necessary and beneficial to the advancement of technology, however that doesn’t mean that your old PC is now useless. Instead of throwing out your old computer, turn it into a home theater PC!


There is such a thing as too old

When it comes to PC’s, there definitely is such a thing that’s too old, however the life span might surprise you. Mid-tier computers built from ten years ago can still perform admirably, however if your computer is still running Windows Vista or XP, it might be time to throw in the towel. Similarly, if your computer has a “Core 2 Duo” or older, it may not be of much use. Still, even these computers can be recycled to your local thrift store after wiping all the data from it. Having said that, if you have an i3, i5, or i7 computer with at least 4GB of RAM, you can do a lot with it.

What you’ll need:

  • An HDMI connection: check the back of your old PC for an HDMI port.
  • A wireless mouse and keyboard: Check out this Logitech┬átrackpad and keyboard combo.
  • An internet connection: If you have a WiFi hotspot, you can use an adapter to get your old PC online.

Home theater PC’s or HTPC’s for short are computers that you connect to your TV. The benefits of connecting a computer to your TV are numerous. For one, you have access to the full scope of the internet. Meaning, you are not just limited to Youtube, Netflix, and Hulu. Also, having a mouse and a keyboard enables you to find everything much faster than using a remote from one of those streaming sticks. Lastly, you can store anything from old family videos and pictures, to your sweet collection of music. The possibility are endless!