What follows is what I'd build for our media centre if money were no object. I went a bit crazy without going completely crazy on hard drives (4 drives would have been a bit more crazy). This is NOT a wish list. I'm working on improving our media centre, but doing it with a reasonable budget and a bit of future proofing. This machine is the kind of machine that I'd pair with a crazy amplifier with Atmos support, decent speakers, something that wouldn't go in our apartment, but a house (we're not moving anytime soon). I haven't included an optical drive, nor a monitor.