Building an XBMC 13 Home Theatre PC with a Mini-ITX motherboard
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Posted on July 22, 2014
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We are long time fans of XBMC here at OpenELEC is a distribution of XBMC (currently at version 13) with a streamlined installation and update process, making it even easier to utilise the graphics acceleration of ION and Fusion based Mini-ITX systems to make a very slick Home Theatre PC.

Here's how to do it.

For this project you will need:

  • USB Memory Stick over 256MB in size
  • Access to a computer running Windows (to create the installation stick)
  • Mini-ITX system with at at least 1GB memory and 1GB local storage


  1. Determine correct version to use
  2. Download OpenELEC
  3. Create a USB Key
  4. Boot into OpenELEC
  5. Install OpenELEC
  6. How to: Copy files to OpenELEC box (via Windows)
  7. How to: Add your network media to XBMC
  8. How to: Enable automatic updates
  9. Bonus How to: Configure your audio output device

This guide was built and tested with our very own Gigabyte E350N and Zotac Supreme special offer bundles in mind, but will work with a wide variety of Mini-ITX boards. This guide would not have been possible without the hard work of the good people at the XBMC and OpenELEC projects.

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