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DJ79's Avatar DJ79 08:08 AM 02-13-2011
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More, with less.

Amazing transformation. Which case is that? Looks so high end.

thefever's Avatar thefever 01:16 PM 02-13-2011
I finally finished my HTPC that was a work in progress. Uncle Sam gave me the funds to finish it up and get a Bluray drive, and a proper case.















In the below picture, I had to re-engineer the PSU mount so it would not be blowing hot air onto the CPU.




Just need to get a new entertainment center, so the girlfriend won't complain.

Specs:

TV: Samsung LN55C630
Audio: Sony HT-CT150 Soundbar

CPU: Intel E5400
Motherboard: Biostar P43D3
Memory: Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR3
Video: ECS G210C
PSU: OCZ Modular 500W
HDD: Seagate 400GB, Seagate 2 TB
Case: NMediaPC 2000B
Optical: LiteON iHES208 Bluray
Tuner: Hauppage HVR-1250
Peripherals: Logitech PS3 Mediaboard Pro and Logitech Harmony 650
CajunCanuck's Avatar CajunCanuck 08:55 AM 02-14-2011
Been drooling over all the pics for the last year or so....

Finally at a point where I feel I can post some pics......

TV: Sharp Aquos LC60E88UN
Vizio 26" LED/LCD Razr (x 2)



Audio: Pioneer VSX-920
Polk Monitor 50 (fronts)
POS Center Speaker (sounds good)
Polk Monitor 30 (sides)
Wharfdale di-pole (rears)
Velodyne 12" sub



CPU: AMD Phemon II X2 550 Black 3.1Ghz
Silverstone GD05B Case
OCZ 500w Power Supply
(2GB x 2) DDR3 1333 Crucial Memory
ASRock 880 GMH-LE-USB3 Motherboard
XFX Radeon HD5450 Videocard 512MB 64bit
WD 1.5TB O.S. Hard Drive
LG Blu-ray Drive (not shown)

Storage: Rosewill RSV-S4-X 4 bay Storage Enclosure
with four 2TB Samsung Spinpoint F4 5400rpm

Using Win7 (64) WMC with Media Browser (Chocolate Theme). Using Media Center Master for all the metadata tags.









PS3 for playing and BD

XBox 360 w/ HD-DVD Drive for playing and HD-DVD collection

DirecTV HD DVR

IPad (64Gb w/ Wifi) for playing (and eventually IRule App)

Cabinet:

Constructed by a friend of mine, with 100 year old cypress (re-claimed from an old Church in New Orleans)
Design by myself based on a bunch of ideas I have seen in other furniture.
ru4real's Avatar ru4real 10:45 AM 02-14-2011
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I like the equipment and custom furniture, but doesn't that white cable drive you crazy?
CajunCanuck's Avatar CajunCanuck 10:53 AM 02-14-2011
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I like the equipment and custom furniture, but doesn't that white cable drive you crazy?

Thx, and yes......It drives me nuts.....

....It is gonna feed through the back after the hole/grommet is installed......Waiting on the grommet from my Buddy, so we can drill the hole for the cable.....and I think I'm gonna cover the whole center speaker area with a frame and black speaker cloth......we'll see......
terminaldawn's Avatar terminaldawn 03:59 PM 02-14-2011
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I like the equipment and custom furniture, but doesn't that white cable drive you crazy?

Awesome Setup!

ditto the cable thing... whats up wit that And what is the story with the double monitors above?
8:13's Avatar 8:13 04:12 PM 02-14-2011
double monitors lets you play games on the big monitor, watch tv on one of the small monitors and have a camera watching the door on the third monitor - all at the same time. Good fun!
CajunCanuck's Avatar CajunCanuck 05:58 PM 02-14-2011
8:13...I was thinking more like.....Gaming, Game, and Porn......but sure.....lol....

Most of the time, the smalller monitors have CNN, and ESPN on em.......
wizzack's Avatar wizzack 07:48 PM 02-14-2011
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Wizzack - Are those French doors on the left side? If so, what are you using to control light? I've been looking for a good solution.

sorry for the late reply. Yes 3 french doors. When the built in shades aren't enough I use my "Ghetto Blackout System".

I got some cheap gray blackout curtains and cut 3 panels. Each one a few inches bigger than the glass. I hang them on the doors with 3 magnet clips attached to the top of each one. Voila! They go up in 30 seconds and come down and back in the closet even faster.

My wifes "no curtain rule" entact.
wizzack's Avatar wizzack 07:50 PM 02-14-2011
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omg man i LOVE this.... so nice!

Thanks man I appreciate it!
Augus's Avatar Augus 10:53 PM 02-14-2011
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Originally Posted by thefever View Post

I finally finished my HTPC that was a work in progress. Uncle Sam gave me the funds to finish it up and get a Bluray drive, and a proper case.
Specs:

TV: Samsung LN55C630
Audio: Sony HT-CT150 Soundbar

CPU: Intel E5400
Motherboard: Biostar P43D3
Memory: Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR3
Video: ECS G210C
PSU: OCZ Modular 500W
HDD: Seagate 400GB, Seagate 2 TB
Case: NMediaPC 2000B
Optical: LiteON iHES208 Bluray
Tuner: Hauppage HVR-1250
Peripherals: Logitech PS3 Mediaboard Pro and Logitech Harmony 650

very nice, I like that case . just $10 more than nmediapc 5000b
rantanamo's Avatar rantanamo 11:58 PM 02-14-2011
I've noticed a huge lack of tuners. Not much OTA going on?
Carmant's Avatar Carmant 01:39 PM 02-15-2011
Awesome furniture and wall CajunCunuck
CajunCanuck's Avatar CajunCanuck 01:57 PM 02-15-2011
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Awesome furniture and wall CajunCunuck

Thx..............work in progress, but I'm pleased as punch (for now).......lol
dfidler's Avatar dfidler 06:47 PM 02-15-2011
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I'm of the exact opposite opinion. I prefer overpressure to underpressure. As you said, air will find it's way in but it will also find it's way out. By using an intake fan, you can control the air that goes into the case. When you have pets as I do (4 cats) or a dust rich environment, it is essential. by controlling where the air goes into the case, you can filter it better. If you have more than one case fan, use one (preferably the largest) or more for intake and use one for exhaust. Exact configuration will depend heavily on the layout of the case and the position of the fans.

Sorry for the late reply, been away and busy.

You haven't actually said anything that disagrees with my statement, you've just restated my argument but said that you use intake fans to achieve the same goal.

The most efficient thing that you can do is to create a wind tunnel. if you succeed in that, then the question of positive or negative pressure becomes immaterial because you are maximizing airflow over the components. However, most people don't or can't do this.

What I'm saying is that negative pressure is more efficient for cooling. And the guy who posted before me said that his only exhaust was his PSU fan. IMHO, that's just bad thermal planning, period. Sure, it can depend on the case, but a single exhaust fan means that as much warm air is going through that PSU.

Anyways, I've tried dozens of airflow configurations on nearly a dozen cases (both low grade and high end) and, in my findings, negative air pressure has always been easier to get right with fewer fans that positive air pressure.

At the risk of oversimplifying, air rushes to fill a negative pressure region so by carefully controlling where your air comes from and how it flows, you can guarantee airflow over components and you can guarantee that your case won't be holding alot of hot air that's going to get vented by your PSU.

@garydolson - a breeze is nothing but a movement of air. What causes the air to move, be it push or pull, is immaterial. The difference, however, between forced air and vacuum is that forced air creates quite a lot of turbulence in your air channels, creating eddies and dead spots. Negative pressure means that the airflow of the case will be relatively uniform throughout which can make life difficult for local hot spots which means you must be careful about how you let air into the case.

The only way that you would create a 'warm bubble of air around your PC' is if you were to fully enclose your case on three sides. But then you'd suffer similar issues with a positive airflow setup.

I do concede, though, that in dusty environments, it's much easier to keep the dust out with positive rather than negative pressure. I've got a pretty dusty place so I resign myself to hitting my cases with compressed air and cleaning the filters every quarter or so. A small price to pay for a quieter, cooler, case.

Cheers,
Dave.
jonathanrn's Avatar jonathanrn 09:47 AM 02-17-2011
@StarDogChampion: That looks great!! Really good job! Now you just need a Ceton card to get rid of that Comcast box! Or are you waiting for the SiliconDust CableCARD tuner?
terminaldawn's Avatar terminaldawn 01:35 PM 02-17-2011
I recently built a HTPC so I figured I would share the pics and specs of my setup





...---~~~=== Theater SPECS ===~~~---...

TV: Samsung PN63C8000 63" plasma TV 1080p 3D
RECEIVER: DENON AVR-591
SPEAKERS: Athena Micra 6 System 5.1
CONSOLES: XBOX 360 Slim 250GB / PlayStation 3 60GB / Nintendo Wii
HTPC: Intel Core i5-750, 4 GB RAM, Radeon HD 5850
DVR: TiVo Premiere with Lifetime subscription
REMOTE: Logitech Harmony One Advanced Remote Control / Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3
HEADPHONES: Sennheiser PC360 with Astro Mixamp 5.8






...---~~~=== HTPC SPECS ===~~~---...

CASE: SILVERSTONE SG07-B Black
MB: GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
GPU: Radeon HD 5850 - XFX HD-585X-ZAFC
PSU: SILVERSTONE 600W 80+ Bronze Certified / Single +12V rail Power Supply
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
TV TUNERS: SiliconDust HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital, Elgato EyeTV Hybrid
IR Receiver: Media Gate GP-IR02BK
Remote: Logitech Harmony One Advanced Remote Control
Input: Logitech diNovo Mini Black 63 Normal Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard
MONITOR: Samsung - PN63C8000 - 63" plasma TV - 1080p (FullHD) 3D





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Components





Case





Open Side




Top




HD5850

StardogChampion's Avatar StardogChampion 09:08 AM 02-18-2011
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@StarDogChampion: That looks great!! Really good job! Now you just need a Ceton card to get rid of that Comcast box! Or are you waiting for the SiliconDust CableCARD tuner?

I am very much looking forward to getting rid of the STBs.

I am waiting on getting my HTPC hooked up in my bedroom so we can get rid of the STBs. That means finishing painting, mounting the TV, etc. so it's a slow process.

I have the HDHomeRun dual already set up and will definitely get the Prime when it's available. When we ditch the STBs we'll just watch the networks (pretty much what we do anyway) and other clearQAM stuff and then when the Prime becomes available add back the basic stuff we'll miss (like HGTV, NESN and Versus)
thewarm's Avatar thewarm 10:19 AM 02-19-2011
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Amazing transformation. Which case is that? Looks so high end.

It is a SilverStone GD02 (to match my older Sony STR-DA1000ES AV receiver).
Thanks for asking (and the compliment!)
mrstop's Avatar mrstop 12:37 PM 02-26-2011
Hi StarDog or The Fever. I just purchased the NMediaPC 2000B and was thinking of adding the LCD. I thought the one from NMedia was green (not a fan), but yours appear to blue. Did you get the LCD from elsewhere?


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nMediaPC 1000b MATX case with LCD




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NMediaPC 2000B




thefever's Avatar thefever 12:48 PM 02-26-2011
[quote=mrstop;20067097]Hi StarDog or The Fever. I just purchased the NMediaPC 2000B and was thinking of adding the LCD. I thought the one from NMedia was green (not a fan), but yours appear to blue. Did you get the LCD from elsewhere?


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nMediaPC 1000b MATX case with LCD


I got mine from newegg. I'll PM you the link.
lilwheezy75's Avatar lilwheezy75 11:28 PM 03-02-2011
Finaly got some good pictures of my setup

Nmediapc 6000B case
Gigabyte mobo
4 gig gskill memory
amd athlon x2 240
2 2tb WD green
1 1tb WD blue
URC remote and logitech mediaboard for PS3 via bluetooth
-Running WMC, media browser, gametime, pearl theme, media center master, ect





khalid7412002's Avatar khalid7412002 01:24 PM 03-04-2011
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Finaly got some good pictures of my setup

Nmediapc 6000B case
Gigabyte mobo
4 gig gskill memory
amd athlon x2 240
2 2tb WD green
1 1tb WD blue
URC remote and logitech mediaboard for PS3 via bluetooth
-Running WMC, media browser, gametime, pearl theme, media center master, ect


I have the same case, and motherboard but i have the sempron 145, really wished i had gone for the 245 instead, but i have it overclocked so no issues. Also, i noticed you don't have a dedicated video card, do you play blu-rays, either cd or ISO?

I will try to get some pics of mine soon
lilwheezy75's Avatar lilwheezy75 03:09 PM 03-04-2011
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I have the same case, and motherboard but i have the sempron 145, really wished i had gone for the 245 instead, but i have it overclocked so no issues. Also, i noticed you don't have a dedicated video card, do you play blu-rays, either cd or ISO?

I will try to get some pics of mine soon
the integrated graphics (HD4200) handle 1080p blu-ray both disc amd folder structure rip work great. i think the disc rip is alittle smoother overall though.
Stephenishere's Avatar Stephenishere 10:19 AM 03-08-2011
Here's my htpc
Just a warning, my desk is an absolute mess! School has been kicking my ass and I've been super lazy on cleaning. ;/






PC-
LIAN LI PC-7B with 2x120mm low dbl fans.
EVGA 122-CK-NF63-TR 680i board
Intel Q6600 @ 2.8ghz
Mushkin 550w psu
EVGA 460 GTX 768mb, using its hdmi out for sound and audio to receiver



Tv - Sceptre 42" 1080p LED


Monitor - Sceptre 22" 1650x1080


Sound - ONKYO HT-S5300 7.1
thefever's Avatar thefever 01:15 PM 03-08-2011
That Lubbock weather is hell on cases. When my brother went to school there, he always had hell keeping his case clean.
thewarm's Avatar thewarm 03:18 PM 03-08-2011
What's the movie showing on the TV? (with the metal guy)
lilwheezy75's Avatar lilwheezy75 03:55 PM 03-08-2011
iron man, 2 i believe
fitbrit's Avatar fitbrit 05:11 PM 03-08-2011
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What's the movie showing on the TV? (with the metal guy)

LOL, it should be called "Metal Guy 2", but lilwheezy got it right.
thewarm's Avatar thewarm 09:08 AM 03-09-2011
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