TechNutz: I have written a few guides outlining components to build both HTPCs and Gaming PCs. One gap I have found is a solution that joins the two in the living room. This is a project where an off the shelf gaming HTPC could cost you a lot of money and the choices available are almost non-existent. Building your own gaming HTPC is a great DIY project that can save you a lot of money. This gaming HTPC build will surpass the latest and greatest consoles in graphics performance while also functioning as an excellent media center. The best method for playing games on the big screen that I have used is Steam’s “Big Picture” mode coupled with a wireless Xbox 360 controller. As always this build can be tweaked to your individual tastes and I will offer up some options to make the basic build more complete. So without further ado, let’s get to the features and considerations of building a gaming HTPC.