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AcuDefTechGuy 09:50 AM 06-19-2010
My HTPC Setup:

SilverStone Crown CW02 (6TB) x 2
Antec-1200 (24TB)

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homethx's Avatar homethx 04:07 AM 06-20-2010
wow you must have a lot of media ? whats the specs please.
AcuDefTechGuy 12:40 PM 06-20-2010
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wow you must have a lot of media ? whats the specs please.

I have about 400 BD ISO files & counting.

PC1: SilverStone Crown CW2: 6TB Hitachi Deskstar HDD/8GB RAM/Intel Q9550/Asus P5Q Pro Turbo/ATI RADEON 5750/ThermalTake 600W/LG GGC-H20/Cooler Master V8/120mm Fans(5)

PC2: SilverStone Crown CW2: 6TB Hitachi Deskstar HDD/5GB RAM/AMD X2-7750/Gigabyte MA780/RAD5450/Corsair 450W/LG GGC-H20/Cooler Master HTX3/120mm Fans(5)

PC3: HP DV7-1270US

NAS: Antec 1200: 24TB WD Green/3GB RAM/Intel E5300/Gigabyte G31M/ATI RAD5450/Corsair 650W/Cooler Master H212+/120mm Fans(12)
Prolab's Avatar Prolab 03:03 AM 06-21-2010
^^ Crazy setup you have. Especially your antec with 24 HDs!

Doesnt that get very dusty inside? Ive seen 4 fans and no filter. Im surprise its not as dusty as your TV stand .
thewarm's Avatar thewarm 06:24 AM 06-21-2010
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Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy View Post

I have about 400 BD ISO files & counting.

PC1: SilverStone Crown CW2: 6TB Hitachi Deskstar HDD/8GB RAM/Intel Q9550/Asus P5Q Pro Turbo/ATI RADEON 5750/ThermalTake 600W/LG GGC-H20/Cooler Master V8/120mm Fans(5)

PC2: SilverStone Crown CW2: 6TB Hitachi Deskstar HDD/5GB RAM/AMD X2-7750/Gigabyte MA780/RAD5450/Corsair 450W/LG GGC-H20/Cooler Master HTX3/120mm Fans(5)

PC3: HP DV7-1270US

NAS: Antec 1200: 24TB WD Green/3GB RAM/Intel E5300/Gigabyte G31M/ATI RAD5450/Corsair 650W/Cooler Master H212+/120mm Fans(12)

2 questions..
How often do you re-watch your movies? What is your monthly electric bill?
AcuDefTechGuy 09:15 AM 06-21-2010
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Originally Posted by Prolab View Post

^^ Crazy setup you have. Especially your antec with 24 HDs!

Doesnt that get very dusty inside? Ive seen 4 fans and no filter. Im surprise its not as dusty as your TV stand .

All the Intake Fans (all five) have a filter in front of them.

Yeah, my TV stand, the top of all my speakers and AV components are pretty dusty.

I need to get off my butts and start cleaning those dust off.
AcuDefTechGuy 09:22 AM 06-21-2010
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Originally Posted by thewarm View Post

2 questions..
How often do you re-watch your movies? What is your monthly electric bill?

1) My electronic bills go up and down purely based on my air conditioning use.

It's a 3,000+ sf house with 15ft ceiling so the Electric bill in the Summer is like $200 - $250. But in the Winter time, it's like $75. That's when the Gas bill kicks in.


2) There are some movies that I rewatch - Avatar, AVP, AVP2, Underworld Trilogy, Bourne Trilogy, Matrix Trilogy, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Life, Planet Earth, and probably a dozen other BDs.

The reason I keep all my BDs is because I have plenty of relatives and friends who have not seen most of the movies out there. So when they come over, I want to give them all the options.
derkar's Avatar derkar 10:03 AM 06-21-2010



LG 50PS60 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV
Onkyo TX-SR308
2x Polk Audio Monitor 60

And hidden underneath:

AMD Athlon II X2 245 @ 2.9GHz
ASRock A780LM 760G AM2+
Sapphire 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB
G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800
Western Digital Green 640GB
Antec New Solution NSK2480


Not the best set up, but for the price I'm lovin it!
bob2607's Avatar bob2607 03:15 PM 06-22-2010
A lot of great HTPC setups here.
Mine is a mix of very old, old, and new. The hand carved teakwood cabinet was custom built in Okinawa back in 1971. The turntable, I still have a lot of vinyl, is a Dual CS604 with a Shure VN15E cartridge. The top portion originally housed an Akai GX-280D-ss 4 channel reel to reel tape deck, http://slbender.exactpages.com/akai4ch.html, connected to a 1971 Pioneer QX-8000 4 channel Quad receiver. http://www.hifi-museum.com/js/pio/QX-8000_fs.htm. Back then, BCD (before CDs), that was Quad. The top now is home for rarely used components, a Magnovox VCR, a 6 disk Pioneer CD player, and a Teac casette tape deck. The bottom part is storage for records, tapes, CDs, and DVDs.
I replaced the QX-8000 in 1997, about the same time DVDs hit the market, with a JVC RX-884VBK receiver, which is still working perfectly. I've since gone through 4 DVD players. My current one is a Philips DVP5982.
The tower speakers are JBL 940Ts, purchased in 1988. The center is a JBL ES25C. My backs are small Infinity bookshelfs. I don't have a subwoofer since the 2-JBL 940Ts put out plenty of bass. The TV is a 50" LG 50PQ30 plasma. It's a 720P, but looks ok to my 50+ year old eyes since I view it from ~12' away. The TV stand is a 52" Techcraft. I also have a Logitech Harmony 700 Advanced remote to tie everything together.





I just finished putting together my HTPC. Thanks to renethx for his suggestion's in his very informative thread: Guide to Building a HD HPLC: Recommended HTPC Systems – March 2010 Edition
I needed a low profile case to fit on the bottom self of my TV stand. I chose a Lian Li HTPC PC-C37 case. It's only ~4 3/4" tall but will accomodate full size hard drives, PSUs, and DVD burners. It came with 2-70 mm low speed side fans. Enough for cooling since the PSU and CPU heat sink fans exhaust out the top case vents and, for now, I have no video card.

It has a Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H micro H55 ATX MB, an Intel i3-530 CPU, 4GB DDR3 G.Skill ram, an Antec Neopower 480W modular PSU left over from a prior computer build, a 500GB Hitachi HD, a Samsung SH223C DVD burner for now (may go blu-ray later), a Scythe Shuriken CPU heat sink, and a TRENDnet TEW-648UB IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 mini wireless adapter. Plugged into a front USB port on my HTPC case, I'm getting 100% signal stength and 100% link quality at ~30' from my ancient Westell 327W wireless DSL modem/router. This adapter uses the Realtek RTL8188SU chip.
I first tried an Airlink101 wireless g low profile bracket wireless PCI adapter, but started getting dropouts when streaming video and internet disconnects. Signal stength was also bouncing from 64% to 84%. I tried a 5 dBi antenna but no improvement, possibly an external cable connected antenna may have worked better.

I also have a Lenovo wireless combo keyboard/trackball. It runs on 2-AAA batteries and has a mini usb dongle receiver.

I use a 6’ HDMI cable from the MB to the TV for video and a 10’ S/PIF (toslink) cable to my receiver for surround sound through my speakers.

I'm satisfied with the picture quality from the onboard video so I have no immediate plans to install a video card.

Bare case


A little snug but everything fits. A modular PSU helps. There's room for another hard drive under the DVD burner.




My only complaint with the case is the blue LED power light. It's way too bright, but easy to fix; and the price is a bit high.


The trackball works great, but the keyboard buttons are a bit small for fat fingers. A bit of a power drain, but a backlite keyboard would have been nice.


TRENDnet TEW-648UB IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 mini wireless adapter Using the latest drivers and software from Realtek. They seem to work better with Win 7 64 bit than TRENDnet's.

mhetman's Avatar mhetman 06:28 AM 06-23-2010
Nice pictures Bob2607...Looks like you have lots of room for your setup.
bob2607's Avatar bob2607 09:00 AM 06-23-2010
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Nice pictures Bob2607...Looks like you have lots of room for your setup.

Yeah, my family room is ~16' x 16'. I thought about moving the cabinet to the far left to better center the tower speakers, but I have a book case (not in the pics) on the left wall that would interfere with it.
I ran the back speaker cables in the space between the wall and carpet tack board so if I moved the cabinet I would have to run new cables. Don't want to do that. The right wall is all brick with a fireplace. My fingers were sore for a week.

The center channel is a bit low, but I have no where else to put it. It's angled up though so it sounds fine.

The TV base on the LG swivels 20° which helps when viewing from my La-Z-Boy recliner (not in pics) on the left side of the room.
Smitty2k1's Avatar Smitty2k1 09:50 AM 06-23-2010
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Originally Posted by derkar View Post




LG 50PS60 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV
Onkyo TX-SR308
2x Polk Audio Monitor 60

And hidden underneath:

AMD Athlon II X2 245 @ 2.9GHz
ASRock A780LM 760G AM2+
Sapphire 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB
G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800
Western Digital Green 640GB
Antec New Solution NSK2480


Not the best set up, but for the price I'm lovin it!

Great use of your space!!
one800higgins's Avatar one800higgins 09:22 PM 06-23-2010
First post!

I wish I knew about this forum while I was building my PC. I overbuilt for an HTPC, but I also figure eventually I will use it for a desktop PC when I move and I will likely build a smaller HTPC and just stream media over the network.

My whole setup is based around XBMC. I have my computer set to auto torrent all my favorite shows in 720P the minute they are leaked onto the internet. Then XBMC auto scrapes all the info for me and I just sit back and enjoy them on my TV.

Okay... I don't have photos right now (I should probably take some)... But here's my HTPC setup:

- Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P motherboard
- Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz
- 8 GB (4 x 2 GB) of G.Skill 1066 DDR2
- HIS Radeon HD 4650 1GB
- 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) Western Digital Caviar Green sata drivs
- 74 GB Raptor HD (10,000 RPM) for the OS
- IR receiver (connected to my Logitech Harmony 880)

All inside of an Antec P182 gunmetal case (which is beautiful). Audio run out of SPDIF out, due to ATI's poor HDMI audio drivers. Video run via HDMI out.

I plan to upgrade the video card to a Radeon HD 5570 due to the audio support.

My TV is a Samsung LN46B750 46" 240Hz LCD. My AVR is a Sony STR-DH810 connected to a set of Polk Audio speakers. Xbox 360 for video gaming (audio sent to AVR via optical audio, video sent straight to TV to avoid any possible lag). PS3 for Bluray and a little bit of video gaming, sent over HDMI to the AVR.
Vengar Ragnev's Avatar Vengar Ragnev 02:01 AM 06-28-2010
Just a couple pics. Also through in a couple of my newer PC I just put into a Corsair 800D.
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thewarm's Avatar thewarm 08:50 AM 06-28-2010
Very clean look!
What are your speakers, AVR, etc.?
Vengar Ragnev's Avatar Vengar Ragnev 02:43 PM 06-28-2010
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Very clean look!
What are your speakers, AVR, etc.?

Thanks (I think you were talking about mine lol). front speakers are polk tsi 300's and the center is a polk cs1. receiver is a sony dg810. PS3, XBOX 360, htpc, Logitech harmony ONE, etc

HTPC: 9800gt 1gb low profile evga, e6600 cpu, 4gb corsair ram, silverstone case

Workstation Computer: i7 920, 12gb corsair dominator ram, 300gb raptor, sapphire vapor X 5870, corsair obsidian 800d, logitech g9, filco majestouch keyboard
dvn's Avatar dvn 02:05 PM 07-04-2010
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Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy View Post

My HTPC Setup:

SilverStone Crown CW02 (6TB) x 2
Antec-1200 (24TB)

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That's a nice looking rack. Who makes it, if you don't mind me asking?
tatanka01's Avatar tatanka01 03:19 PM 07-07-2010
Don't think I ever posted mine...

Samsung 46" 71F series showing XBMC (homebrew clock on top)


The setup...


The PC:


PC is a "cheap" Rosewill case with a Gigabyte GA-MA78SM-S2H motherboard, AMD 6000+ 3.0 GHz dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM. Microsoft wireless keyboard/mouse. HDMI straight from the motherboard to the AVR. It gets all it's recorded "content" via WiFi from another computer in the house, but also plays Netflix just fine.

Also doubles as a third WoW "playstation" when the kids are in town.
GreenEyez's Avatar GreenEyez 03:40 PM 07-07-2010
Mine :





Sony 42inch Bravia LCD
Denon AVR-2310CI
Sony SS-MF650H frontals
Yamaha NS C444 center
Sistem Fidelity SF 31 surround speakers
Pioneer W160S K subwoofer
HD HTPC

HTPC Specs : Athlon x2 245e + Scythe Big Shuriken / 2GB DDR2 / 785G MB / HD5450 / 2x 640GB WD drives

Secondary Storage and network - 2x1TB NAS connected to a Cisco 610N wireless router that feeds the HTPC via a Cisco WUSB600N USB dongle

Cat (one of my 5 cats, lol)
matrixwolves's Avatar matrixwolves 09:20 PM 07-11-2010
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Originally Posted by Vengar Ragnev View Post

Thanks (I think you were talking about mine lol). front speakers are polk tsi 300's and the center is a polk cs1. receiver is a sony dg810. PS3, XBOX 360, htpc, Logitech harmony ONE, etc

HTPC: 9800gt 1gb low profile evga, e6600 cpu, 4gb corsair ram, silverstone case

Workstation Computer: i7 920, 12gb corsair dominator ram, 300gb raptor, sapphire vapor X 5870, corsair obsidian 800d, logitech g9, filco majestouch keyboard

What type of display is that? It is sweet. And the entertainment center. Where can i find that?
Vengar Ragnev's Avatar Vengar Ragnev 07:11 PM 07-12-2010
Thanks. The TV is a Samsung un55c8000. The tv stand was 50 bucks at Ikea.
Spanglo's Avatar Spanglo 12:25 AM 07-17-2010
Have had my current configuration for a little over a year now. My old htpc worked great with my 56" Samsung, but I decided to upgrade and go big with a projector. Glad I did

Mitsubishi HC1600 Projector
DIY Screen 100"
Harman Kardon AVR254 Reciever
Klipsch KG5.5 Speakers
Klipsch KSC-C1 Center
JBL J50's for Rear Surround (replaced the woofers with Dayton Studio Pro Drivers)
KLH 12" Sub (for movies & gaming only)

HTPC
GMC AVC S-7 Case
Biostar 790GX XE mobo
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Processor
4GB Ram
640GB HDD
Adesso RF Wireless Mini Keyboard

Unraid Server (Converted my old HTPC)
Silverstone LC13 Case
Biostar 780G mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4850E Processor
2GB Ram
1.5TB HDD x3
1TB HDD x2
500GB HDD

XBOX 360




Jackal55's Avatar Jackal55 09:10 AM 07-19-2010
I have that GMC case. I stopped using it when my PSU died but it is a nice case if you use it with a server. One day I'll get or make one. Too bad it's has slot limitations. But I guess you could always put the TV tuner cards into the server case.


2002whitegt's Avatar 2002whitegt 10:58 AM 07-19-2010
Nice setups everyone,

Here is mine, I'm currently using the same computer for my living room and media room, but I'm in the process of building a core i3 set up for the media room.

But for now the Asrock Ion 330 is an awesome little machine.

Running Windows 7 and XBMC, 1080p 24p content plays smooth.

Living Room:






Media Room:




jimjimmyjones85's Avatar jimjimmyjones85 11:23 AM 07-19-2010
What interface are you using there ?
2002whitegt's Avatar 2002whitegt 03:40 PM 07-19-2010
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What interface are you using there ?

Nightly build of XBMC
http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/win32/

and the skin I'm using is called reFocus
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=75867
Spanglo's Avatar Spanglo 09:27 PM 07-20-2010
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Originally Posted by Jackal55 View Post

I have that GMC case. I stopped using it when my PSU died but it is a nice case if you use it with a server. One day I'll get or make one. Too bad it's has slot limitations. But I guess you could always put the TV tuner cards into the server case.

Yeah those cases are super limited space-wise, but look fantastic. I don't watch tv so the tuner card is not an issue.
AcuDefTechGuy 12:28 PM 07-22-2010
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Originally Posted by dvn View Post

That's a nice looking rack. Who makes it, if you don't mind me asking?

It is a black VTI rack from Racksandstands.com.
Belaj's Avatar Belaj 11:20 AM 07-25-2010
Hello!

I used the HTPC guide from this forum, so I decided to share my results.

Components

Case : AeroCool M-40 mATX Cube Case
Motherboard : ASRock H55M/USB3
RAM : G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3
CPU : Intel Core i3 530
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB
PS : Corsair VX450 (450W)
DVD : LG GH24NS50
Video : Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 512MB
Keyboard : Adesso Wireless Mini Keyboard w/Optical Trackball

Pictures & comments

The case has a 140mm length limitation for the power supply. A review I read said the holes didn’t line up once the power supply was mounted, but I had no such problem. As you can see, space is tight. I had to snip off the zip tie at the base of the cables because they were too unwieldy; once that was done, I was able to bend them more and route them around the HDD connectors. I suggest using L-shaped SATA connectors with this case. The HDD case (top right) is removable, so you can pre-position the cables.
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Another case review I read complained that the HDD case rested on the video card and couldn’t be seated properly. Well, if you’re installing a dual slot monster, I believe you’re missing the point of a mATX case As you can see, space is fine:
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Another side shot:
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The case opens up to reveal the bottom part:
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Depending on how you connect your cables, opening the two parts might be delicate. In my case, I always have to disconnect the front fan cable and pull it out from the top part.

Front:
http://img836.imageshack.us/i/imgp0018.jpg/

Initially, I had the wireless keyboard receiver plugged in the back USB ports, but the signal strength was crap. The keys/mouse would lag, keystrokes weren’t registering and sometimes the keyboard would stop working completely. This is my biggest gripe with this keyboard. The other annoyance is that there’s no indicator lights (num lock, caps lock). Besides those two things, I like the keyboard. It’s small, ergonomic and works well in my lap. On the right side are the trackball and a left mouse button. On the left side are the left & right mouse buttons, plus the scroll wheel (which is also clickable). The back & forward buttons are in the top left row, so their placement is not ideal. The num pad is integrated like a laptop keyboard.

Now, I don’t know which idiot thought this up, but it’s just plain stupid (unless someone can give me a reason for this):
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As you can see, there’s a metal lip which delimits the first PCIe slot. It has the practical benefit of blocking the plastic casing of my HDMI connector, thus making it impossible to actually connect an HDMI cable. I was forced go push the video card to the side and screw it in with an angle:
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There was only a slight resistance from the PCIe port, but still, this is not a natural position.

I installed Mythbuntu 10.04 on my HTPC. It’s still an ongoing adventure , but here’s a preview:
http://img801.imageshack.us/i/imgp0025.jpg/

That’s it! Any questions?
ihavebluefeet's Avatar ihavebluefeet 03:09 PM 07-25-2010
The following is a build in a Zalman HD503 case. I am a bit embarrassed to share these photos, but I learned some lessons if someone else is considering a similar build. I used (mostly) the recommended components for June 2010's video editor/work station (thanks Renethx), and I am happy with it. It is tight, (I might do better with the cable management) but everything fit.

Here are my components:
ASUS P7P55 WS
Intel i7-860
LG Blu Ray WH10LS30K
Intel SDDSA2MH080G2R5 (located in the HDD enclosure)
Two HDD (One in the HDD enclosure and one in the removable slot)
Windows 7 64 bit
Zalman HD503 with a Zalman ZM660-XT power supply
Noctua case fans and Noctua CPU cooler NH-C12P SE14
Saphhire Radeon HD 5850

The SATA cables butt up against the HDD enclosure. Thus, the SATA cables must be installed first. Also, the 90 degree ends do not help because the L portion points the cable towards the bottom of the box.

I used an ATI 5850 graphics card, which could have length issues - but the first PCI slot extends between the HDD and OD enclosure, so there is open access to the cards power supply fitting. The HDMI connection on the card fits, but is tight.

The optical drive enclosure extends over the mobo, and the power connection simply would not fit -except for the fact that the iMon uses an extension cord for the power interrupt.

The removable drive requires a generic four pin power supply, so I had to use an additional cable to supply power to this general area: one SATA power cable to the OD and one to the removable drive. In retrospect, I would recommend installing the power cable before sliding the drive in place.

I used all Noctua fans on the CPU and the case. Their website mentioned an issue with some Zalman power supplies, so I never tried plugging them into the Zalman board. Also, I need to slow these down because individually they are quiet, but they move a lot of air which has a steady din. The mobo and CPU stay less than 50C even at 100%, and are generally 25-33C when running as an HTPC (CPU at less than 5%). The Zalman manual requires that the plastic sides be removed to install the side fans, and it mentions this after everything is in the case. The sides are removable, but I don't think that was a design feature (more of an afterthought). I recommend removing these sides before installing the power supply, OD and HDD enclosures - that way the tabs are more accessible. I broke several of them, and I was trying to be careful.

I did several dry fits with the ODD to lock this into position. Not all of the ODD fasteners are accessible when the drive is in place. So, I installed the enclosure, slid the drive up to the case, and tightened the two exposed screws. Then, I pulled the enclosure and drive out (as one unit) and tightened the other two screws. The eject button seems dull, but since this button is hidden behind a door I am prepared to drill out the plastic to reveal the official button - if it starts to have issues.

Zalman specifically hid the header wires in their photos. I did not have any trouble connecting the 10 pin USB, audio or eSATA front panel wires to the ASUS mobo.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the build. If I was strictly doing an HTPC build, I would not pay the premium for faster components; the CPU is not taxed at all for viewing movies. Plus, I will pay to power it for the rest of its life. Let me know if you have any questions.
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