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Hi Everyone,

Ok- So I finally completed my new HTPC build. Few more finishing touches left and then I need to take some final pictures. I can include some early build pictures now as I have them available on my PC. Stay tuned for the finished ones-


My Build:
CoolerMaster COSMOS II PC case
Rosewill Lighting Modular 1000watt PSU
Asus Z68 LGA1155 GEN3 Deluxe Motherboard
Intel Core i7 2600K CPU
Coolermaster 212EVO CPU cooler w Artic5 Silver
16GB G.SKILL RIPJAWZ 1600mhz PC12800 DDR3
(2x) HD6870 video cards
OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 120GB SSD
(5) WD GREEN 2TB drives
(3) WD Green 3TB drives
(3) WD Black 2TB drives in RAID 0
20 Case fans, with LED and lighting controls

Probably a bit much for a HTPC
This pc functions as my daily driver and not just as HTPC. It's connected to my Onkyo Receiver and Projector via HDMI cable under the floor to the theater one room over. I control it with a LENOVO wireless remote Keyboard/Mouse.

I don't have finished pictures yet- but stay tuned. I will post some early pictures below now.

I plan to sleeve all the cables with sleeving for a really cool look inside.

I absolutely love the fact that this case has 2 HOT SWAP SATA bays for 3.5" HDD's in the front. I can basically add or subtract drives without any tools or taking the case apart. Very cool for someone who is constantly moving data and has many drives.

here is a link to some of the early pictures:

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unboxing the PC CASE:



This thing was HUGE !!!!

It weighs almost 60 pounds before I installed anything in it. lol.
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Sucks.

Means I will have to rebuild this beast again when the new case replacement arrives.

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Came with this great backplate- installed easily and very secure.
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I actually upgraded this with an RMA to the 1300 watt model since my case came damaged.

I figured if I hit 20 HDD's I might need the juice for spin up; plus I have 2 Video cards that have 2 power cables to each one.
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Came pretty cool packed- Modular design is very nice!


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Below is another picture from the back of the case.

I love that both sides swing open and tons of room on the back side behind the motherboard for cable mgmt.

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Dual BluRay Drives make copying discs with MakeMKV easy with 2 at a time !



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Some people dislike OCZ, but I have owned 8+ of them with no issues so why change?
I dare someone to post a faster benchmark with the same size SSD drive. This drive is fast!
I hit 1000MB/Sec in RAID 0 with the ACHI raid driver installed before I used the second drive in another build!

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I only installed 1 video card to start- figured I would try it and make sure no problems before I went dual video cards. Makes trouble shooting first startup easier.

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This shot is looking up into the case.
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Total of 12 HDD's ! Sweet case.
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