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not really, I cut the back, leaving 2 inches all around to keep the strength of the structure

for the Zalman
i really like it, very easy to put all hardware in it
i dont put any 120mm fan in it, i just keep the 2 80mm fan,
i need to run at 5v (the case have the connection to run at 5v)
stock out of box, it very quiet, not totally silent but very quiet with stock cpu coller and a corsair CX430v2
sitting on my couch, I do not hear it
im at ....7' or 8' from it

if you replace the 2 80mm fan with silent, you will not hear it

Thanks for the feedback snef, I'm still trying to decide on which case to put everything in.
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I just finished up my first HTPC build. I've been tinkering with it for a few months now (mostly software of course). I switched out an Antec Green 380W power supply for a Seasonic XSeries 400W fanless...I want my system completely silent. I put in a Scythe Shuriken cpu fan and brought it down to 900 rpm. I also put in Nexus Real Silent case fans modded to 7V. I finally have a silent, powerful system I'm proud of. Here are some pics and my specs

Specs:
ASUS 780L AM3 mobo
AMD Athlon II X2 255
G.Skill Ripjaw series 4GB DDR31600
Scythe Shuriken
2x WD Green 2TB
2x Nexus Basic Real Silent 120mm
Seasonic XSeries 400W Fanless
Silverstone GD05B case
Kingston 64GB SSD (OS Drive)

Software:
Windows 7 64Bit Professional
Windows Media Center
Media Center Master
Stark Covers
Media Browser
Media Center Studio
MPC-HC, ffdshow audio, Autofrequency, Haali's Media Splitter
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Here is my first HTPC build. It's quite old (about 2 years), but still valid and fast. The TV is quite new (see specs)…


HTPC:
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS5 mobo
Intel Core 2 DUO E8400 3.0 GHz
Scythe Ninja Mini cpu cooler
OCZ Kit 4Gb DDR2 1066Mhz
1 x WD Green 2TB
1 x WD Green 640GB
Gigabyte HD5450 1GB passive video card
Skystar HD2 DVB-S2 sat card
Terratec Cynergy usb xxs DVB-T stick
Noctua NF-P14 fan
Scythe 12mm fan
Enermax Modu82+ 525W
Antec Fusion Remote Max case

Software:
Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate
MediaPortal 1.2 beta
SAF 6.0 codecs

TV:
Sony 55NX810 with 3D glasses
(on top there's a Logitech Webcam, on the bottom of tv there are the wii sensor bar and the Sony signal emitter for 3D glasses

AVR:
Yamaha RX-V3067 (aka A3000)

5.1 Speakers:
orbaudio Mod2 satellites
Mosscade Titan 4.1 active subwoofer

Console:
Nintendo Wii
Sony PS3 slim

Input devices:
Logtech Mediaboard Pro (for both PS3 and HTPC)
Logitech Harmony One remote

Furniture:
iron custom made


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Have you tried to disconnect the cpu fan and let the other 3 fans which are very close to the cpu cooler to coool the cpu-Block?.If not could you try and see if it works
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I just finished up my first HTPC build. I've been tinkering with it for a few months now (mostly software of course). I switched out an Antec Green 380W power supply for a Seasonic XSeries 400W fanless...I want my system completely silent. I put in a Scythe Shuriken cpu fan and brought it down to 900 rpm. I also put in Nexus Real Silent case fans modded to 7V. I finally have a silent, powerful system I'm proud of. Here are some pics and my specs

Specs:
ASUS 780L AM3 mobo
AMD Athlon II X2 255
G.Skill Ripjaw series 4GB DDR31600
Scythe Shuriken
2x WD Green 2TB
2x Nexus Basic Real Silent 120mm
Seasonic XSeries 400W Fanless
Silverstone GD05B case
Kingston 64GB SSD (OS Drive)

Software:
Windows 7 64Bit Professional
Windows Media Center
Media Center Master
Stark Covers
Media Browser
Media Center Studio
MPC-HC, ffdshow audio, Autofrequency, Haali's Media Splitter

i really like your setup and was wonder what theme you are using for media browser? also how do you keep your blu-ray movies, in ISO format or you do MKC format? thanks

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i really like your setup and was wonder what theme you are using for media browser? also how do you keep your blu-ray movies, in ISO format or you do MKC format? thanks

Thanks! I worked really hard on it. I'm using the chocolate theme with cover flow. I store all my movies in mkv format using makemkv.
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Ah forgot to put My video card and tv setup in my specs.
Pny nvidia GT430
Sony 55hx800 led 3d tv
Pioneer vsx 1020k receiver
Polk monitor 60 fronts
Polk cs10 center
Polk owm3 rears
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HTPC.

1. Intel C2D E6300@3.2 Ghz
2. ASUS P5B Delux mobo
3. 4GB DDR2 RAM
5. nVidia Zotac GT440 GPU (This is New)
6. Silverstone LC10-E HTPC cabinet (This is new as well)


Apart from it I used ....

1. Logitech wifi keyboard combo
2. ANDROID XBMC remote
3. ANDROID TMT5 remote

The applications used ...

1. Xbox Media center XBMC
2. Total Media Theater 5
3. Media Center Master



First my hardware ....















Now my XBMC Pics ....



































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I started using XBMC for Windows a couple of months ago. It just "works".

This is the JX720 skin by Jezz_X. It stands out from the crowd...



and a history of my changes



BTW, I still use Windows Media Center 7 to record TV, and Media Browser for my archives.
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Here is my first HTPC build. It's quite old (about 2 years), but still valid and fast. The TV is quite new (see specs)


Great looking setup!
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Great looking setup!

Thanks!
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Great looking setup!

Completely agree! The all-white looks great, those speakers on the wall finish it off very nicely and the symmetry you've created really works for me

I'm incredibly jealous FaTer, well done!
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not really, I cut the back, leaving 2 inches all around to keep the strength of the structure

for the Zalman
i really like it, very easy to put all hardware in it
i dont put any 120mm fan in it, i just keep the 2 80mm fan,
i need to run at 5v (the case have the connection to run at 5v)
stock out of box, it very quiet, not totally silent but very quiet with stock cpu coller and a corsair CX430v2
sitting on my couch, I do not hear it
im at ....7' or 8' from it

if you replace the 2 80mm fan with silent, you will not hear it

Were you able to fit your ODD in the upper mounting area or did you have to switch it low and remove the swappable drive bay?
Did the ejector button of the case align with eject on the ODD?

I'm liking this Zalman case more and more as I search around, decent pricepoint and stellar looks!
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Were you able to fit your ODD in the upper mounting area or did you have to switch it low and remove the swappable drive bay?
Did the ejector button of the case align with eject on the ODD?

I'm liking this Zalman case more and more as I search around, decent pricepoint and stellar looks!

ahhh good question

the eject of the case is enough for any player but..................

first, i tried a LG BH10LS30 but the eject does not exceed the front silver plastic line and the the button of the case is to big and press on the line at the same time of the eject on the player

better with pics


by any chance i had a lite-on BD-player and this one fit perfectly in the top mounting location

any player with this type of eject button will work W/O probleme
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ahhh good question

the eject of the case is enough for any player but..................

first, i tried a LG BH10LS30 but the eject does not exceed the front silver plastic line and the the button of the case is to big and press on the line at the same time of the eject on the player

better with pics
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by any chance i had a lite-on BD-player and this one fit perfectly in the top mounting location

any player with this type of eject button will work W/O probleme

Excellent, thank you so much!
I'm amazed at how hard it is to find an answer to this online (and you made it seem so easy!)

While I can understand the frustration of not having an ODD eject, all of the reviews I've read never stated the solution which you clearly have.

Sent you a PM.
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HTPC.

1. Intel C2D E6300@3.2 Ghz
2. ASUS P5B Delux mobo
3. 4GB DDR2 RAM
5. nVidia Zotac GT440 GPU (This is New)
6. Silverstone LC10-E HTPC cabinet (This is new as well)


Apart from it I used ....

1. Logitech wifi keyboard combo
2. ANDROID XBMC remote
3. ANDROID TMT5 remote

The applications used ...

1. Xbox Media center XBMC
2. Total Media Theater 5
3. Media Center Master



First my hardware ....















Now my XBMC Pics ....




































What theme is this? While I'm not a fan of the setttings screen everything else looks really nice. I'm new to XBMC and am still using the default skin.
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What theme is this? While I'm not a fan of the setttings screen everything else looks really nice. I'm new to XBMC and am still using the default skin.

It looks like Transparency, and yes the settings screen sucks. I used to use it, now I like Aeon Nox better.

My Home Theater/Video Gaming/HTPC/2 Channel rig (Mitsubishi, MartinLogan, Marantz, DIYMA, and others)

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I have been slowly working on this and never got around to posting my setup. Yes, the TV stand is DIY.

Panasonic VT10 58"

Denon 4308
CM9
CMC2
CM1 surrounds
Velodyne Opt 10

HTPC
LIAN LI PC-C32B
GIGABYTE Micro ATX
Intel Core i3 2100
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB)
SeaSonic SS-400FL
Pioneer Blu-ray Burner
Crucial RealSSD C300 64gb
2x3TB WD Green
1x2TB Seagate

The above replaced an old shuttle SSF socket 939 that could not do some 1080p content and had limited room. Was abit loud too. New PC is as quiet or better then the new xbox.

It is still a work in progress. Need to do more cable management, another 3tb drive, TV tuner card, and probably a tablet, etc... never ending
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I have been slowly working on this and never got around to posting my setup. Yes, the TV stand is DIY.

Panasonic VT10 58"

Denon 4308
CM9
CMC2
CM1 surrounds
Velodyne Opt 10

HTPC
LIAN LI PC-C32B
GIGABYTE Micro ATX
Intel Core i3 2100
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB)
SeaSonic SS-400FL
Pioneer Blu-ray Burner
Crucial RealSSD C300 64gb
2x3TB WD Green
1x2TB Seagate

The above replaced an old shuttle SSF socket 939 that could not do some 1080p content and had limited room. Was abit loud too. New PC is as quiet or better then the new xbox.

It is still a work in progress. Need to do more cable management, another 3tb drive, TV tuner card, and probably a tablet, etc... never ending

Looks fantastic! Very much like the case and layout (going to tie that SSD down at all?), that thing looks incredibly deep!
Do you have any temps you could report? Think the 400FL was worth the cost?

Your DIY stand looks great too; what is the shelving material you used?
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Looks fantastic! Very much like the case and layout (going to tie that SSD down at all?), that thing looks incredibly deep!
Do you have any temps you could report? Think the 400FL was worth the cost?

Your DIY stand looks great too; what is the shelving material you used?

There was a rebate at the time so the 400FL was not as bad. Since I have 2 120mm fans one blowing on the PSU partly I just went with it. I did not find a quiet 400ish watt PSU I liked. I only watched temps first 2 weeks then stopped; I do not recall exact numbers, but they were not high.

The SSD actually has just enough space ontop of HD cage and top case cover. There was room to put it else where also in the case, all so I can add another 3tb drive later .

The case I most liked (20" deep) and the CMC2 is what ultimately drove me to the DIY stand.

The stand is 3/4" oak plywood with veneer edge for top and bottom. The shelves are 1/2" oak plywood. 3 applications of ebony stain and 3 layers of poly. Shelf pegs were ordered from salamander.
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I just finished up my first HTPC build. I've been tinkering with it for a few months now (mostly software of course). I switched out an Antec Green 380W power supply for a Seasonic XSeries 400W fanless...I want my system completely silent. I put in a Scythe Shuriken cpu fan and brought it down to 900 rpm. I also put in Nexus Real Silent case fans modded to 7V. I finally have a silent, powerful system I'm proud of. Here are some pics and my specs

Specs:
ASUS 780L AM3 mobo
AMD Athlon II X2 255
G.Skill Ripjaw series 4GB DDR31600
Scythe Shuriken
2x WD Green 2TB
2x Nexus Basic Real Silent 120mm
Seasonic XSeries 400W Fanless
Silverstone GD05B case
Kingston 64GB SSD (OS Drive)

Software:
Windows 7 64Bit Professional
Windows Media Center
Media Center Master
Stark Covers
Media Browser
Media Center Studio
MPC-HC, ffdshow audio, Autofrequency, Haali's Media Splitter

Very nice.
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There was a rebate at the time so the 400FL was not as bad. Since I have 2 120mm fans one blowing on the PSU partly I just went with it. I did not find a quiet 400ish watt PSU I liked. I only watched temps first 2 weeks then stopped; I do not recall exact numbers, but they were not high.

The SSD actually has just enough space ontop of HD cage and top case cover. There was room to put it else where also in the case, all so I can add another 3tb drive later .

The case I most liked (20" deep) and the CMC2 is what ultimately drove me to the DIY stand.

The stand is 3/4" oak plywood with veneer edge for top and bottom. The shelves are 1/2" oak plywood. 3 applications of ebony stain and 3 layers of poly. Shelf pegs were ordered from salamander.

Sent you a PM.
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What theme is this? While I'm not a fan of the setttings screen everything else looks really nice. I'm new to XBMC and am still using the default skin.

It a mix of ... "Transparency!", "Media Stream Redux" and "Black Row", but majorly it is Transparency.

And yes settings screen is something even I was not impressed, but then the library modes for Transparency are simply cool.
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This is my first ever Pc build. All thanks to Assassin with his guides and guidance.

HTPC setup

Moneual MonCaso 932
Intel i5-2400 Sandy Bridge
Biostar TH67+ MB
XFX 5670 ATI Video Card
Seagate 500 Hybrid Drive
4GB Ram
LG Blu-ray Drive
1 TB HD (Cable Card Storage)
San Digital TowerRaid 5 Bay (5 X 1TB Raid5)
60' LG Plasma
Harman Kardon AVR354
Harmony One Remote
Lenovo Mini Wireless Keyboard

Pics aren't that great. Just recieved my Cenon InfiniTV 4 cable card.
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This is my first ever Pc build. All thanks to Assassin with his guides and guidance.

HTPC setup

Moneual MonCaso 932
Intel i5-2400 Sandy Bridge
Biostar TH67+ MB
XFX 5670 ATI Video Card
Seagate 500 Hybrid Drive
4GB Ram
LG Blu-ray Drive
1 TB HD (Cable Card Storage)
San Digital TowerRaid 5 Bay (5 X 1TB Raid5)
60' LG Plasma
Harman Kardon AVR354
Harmony One Remote
Lenovo Mini Wireless Keyboard

Pics aren't that great. Just recieved my Cenon InfiniTV 4 cable card.

Hey do you get Image Retention Ghosting on your plasma? I believe I have the same model, 60ps11, and I get IR within a minute of having a static image on there. I even have the pixel shift on, which helps but I'm always worried i'll get burn in. Your setup looks great

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This is my first ever Pc build. All thanks to Assassin with his guides and guidance.

HTPC setup

Moneual MonCaso 932
Intel i5-2400 Sandy Bridge
Biostar TH67+ MB
XFX 5670 ATI Video Card
Seagate 500 Hybrid Drive
4GB Ram
LG Blu-ray Drive
1 TB HD (Cable Card Storage)
San Digital TowerRaid 5 Bay (5 X 1TB Raid5)
60' LG Plasma
Harman Kardon AVR354
Harmony One Remote
Lenovo Mini Wireless Keyboard

Pics aren't that great. Just recieved my Cenon InfiniTV 4 cable card.

really nice setup

do you like the moneual case?
frontview work well on the lcd?

i need a second htpc and this case was my first choice
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Hey do you get Image Retention Ghosting on your plasma? I believe I have the same model, 60ps11, and I get IR within a minute of having a static image on there. I even have the pixel shift on, which helps but I'm always worried i'll get burn in. Your setup looks great
I have the 60PG60 it's about the same tv. You do get a little IR only if I leave A title screen on for a while. I only use the HTPC for movies (for now) when I switch back to my DVR if anything was there is gone. I also use White Wash once a week under the options menu. These newer tv's take a lot to burn the image in. I would really worry to much unless you left the same image on the tv for a couple of days straight.
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really nice setup

do you like the moneual case?
frontview work well on the lcd?

i need a second htpc and this case was my first choice

When I first saw the case I loved it. I still do but really the LCD is just a WOW factor for when people come over. I really don't use it that often but it did help when I was first setting up the Pc. The screen gives a nice sharp picture. Just make sure when you set it up you have the LCD screen black out when watching a movie. Especially at night.
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Here is my system... The HTPC, speakers, subs, sub amps and cabinet were all built by me. The HTPC is described here.

The speakers are Geddes Abbeys, built from kits. The subs (two) are a custom 4th-order bandpass design. The sub amps are Class D Audio CDA-254's running in bridged mode.

The other equipment includes a Yamaha RX-Z7, Behringer DCX-2496, Infinity reference surrounds, Samsung Blu-ray player, Roku XDS, APC power conditioner, LG upconverting VCR, and Pioneer CD jukebox (ok, those last two are pretty much just taking up space - but my wife still uses the VCR).
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Here is my system... The HTPC, speakers, subs, sub amps and cabinet were all built by me.

Love those cabinets! The veneer (I assume they aren't solid?) is wonderfully unique, I love the star-burst effect of the grain away from the glass on the far right window! Very cool cabinets, job well done!
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