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post #1 of 7 Old 11-14-2012, 08:20 PM - Thread Starter
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So in planning on building a new 3D ready HTPC, I realized my current setup is just fine and ok enough to just use until I run it into the ground. Its ok enough to run 1080 mkv files, runs mediaportal good enough, and supports s3 sleep and wakes from my MCE IR, 3d can wait.

Problem is its in a full size ATX case and I wanted to use that case for a new non htpc build. Since visuals do no matter to me at the moment, would it be possible for me to just stick the powersupply/mobo/vid card/hdd somewhere else and run a long hdmi cable? (its already connected to a 50 ft hdmi cable)

I am thinking of just leaving the components behind my TV or hiding them anywhere else. Can anyone suggest how I can run this without having to buy a new case?

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Asus a8n sli mobo, amd x2 3800 cpu, 2gb ram, radeon 5450 video card.
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no issues here, I have mine hung in a closet...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/53weg2v4f490h9x/2012-09-15%2018.47.42.jpg

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This has a power button and reset button too so it might be handy.
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Kama-Panel-Multi-Function-SCKMPN-3000/dp/B00559BHKS/ref=sr_1_31?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1352958355&sr=1-31

Especially if you are going to use a SSD or laptop hard drive.
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Exactly what I was looking at doing! What is that black board everything is fastened on? Do you simply have motherboard standoffs on a piece of plastic?
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Exactly what I was looking at doing! What is that black board everything is fastened on? Do you simply have motherboard standoffs on a piece of plastic?

It's a motherboard tray from an old (15yr old computer case) that I decided to hack up and reuse so that everything is 100% secured onto my case. It works really good, the only sound I hear from the HTPC is the CPU Heat Sink Fan, other then that it's completely quiet.

I'll be building another one for another room, I'm goign to use a piece of aluminum for that though, and I will buy screws from Home Depot to secure everything...
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Not to rain on your parade, but be careful. Static electricity can destroy a mobo. At least try to put it somewhere where you won't accidentally brush up against it.
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Before I managed to find a case, I just laid out the parts on one of the shelves of my Salamander Archetype rack.

Definitely not a permanent solution smile.gif
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