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Sure it is.

 

Start at the wiki to get a base of what hardware you want. Mainly intel cpu, and if you're on budget, the celeron conroe dual core should handle hd content just fine.

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on ebay u can buy hard drives pre loaded with the apple tv os

 

so i guess i just need the components that are known to work with the apple tv os

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i did this a while back... worked okayish, but i stupidly chose a case capable of a full size ATX board, so it was a huge beast. eventually it overheated and fried the mobo lol.

 

if i was doing this again, i'd probably look to build something on the intel little falls 2 mini-itx board, which are cheap and probably powerful enough, at least for non-HD stuff.

 

here's a link to my old thread on the subject:

 

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...aded&start=

 

PS Since those days, I went XBMC on an Xbox, and now run a hacked AppleTV (a real one) running nitoTV and rtorrent, and am planning to add EyeTV at some point.

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Boy do I miss XBMC. Seems best to build a low cost hackintosh as an Apple TV substitute

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