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Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-20-2014, 10:41 AM
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Posted By StardogChampion
If you make the aluminum right under the slot...

If you make the aluminum right under the slot thin enough and have the ODD mount so the button is just touching the inside of the case, the metal is flexible enough that all you need to do is press...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-04-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,603
Posted By StardogChampion
Remember the AMD Maui system? It used the...

Remember the AMD Maui system? It used the nMediaPC 1000b and when I saw it I had to have it. At one time it had an AMD Phenom II 705e x3 in it with an HD5670 card (that I still use but now in my...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-04-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 935
Posted By StardogChampion
FWIW, you might not have the discs if they're...

FWIW, you might not have the discs if they're DVR'd.

I am finding a lot more of my movie collection is coming from DVR'ing vs. buying discs. E.g. my kids love Harry Potter and ABC Family HD runs...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-04-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,251
Posted By StardogChampion
I still have that one going (MicroCenter 64GB)...

I still have that one going (MicroCenter 64GB) but now in the basement HTPC that's usually only on for running on the treadmill. It was in my main HTPC and then my bedroom HTPC for years.

I now...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-01-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,603
Posted By StardogChampion
If you're referring to LCD module in the last...

If you're referring to LCD module in the last picture, it's to act as a nightlight. That's the same LCD as in the Antec cases and it's horrible. It's washed out, incredibly bright and requires that...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-01-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,547
Posted By StardogChampion
You're welcome!

You're welcome!
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-01-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,547
Posted By StardogChampion
Yes, the E-i7 can take a low-profile single-slot...

Yes, the E-i7 can take a low-profile single-slot GPU. I've tried with an HD5450 and HD6670 with no problems. The real limiting factor will be the power supply. The E-i7 on my site has a 12V 180W...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-01-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,339
Posted By StardogChampion
Last post wins. OP: your best bet is to...

Last post wins.

OP: your best bet is to wait for the next street riot and then do a smash and grab to get your fully working under $200 HTPC.

Don't take my word for it though.

At least...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-01-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,049
Posted By StardogChampion
What breaks my heart a bit about all this is that...

What breaks my heart a bit about all this is that the big reason I got into HTPC was because I wanted to provide an easy way for my kids to watch their movies without Mom and Dad needing to find,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-01-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,547
Posted By StardogChampion
The integrated graphics should be enough but it...

The integrated graphics should be enough but it depends entirely on what you're doing, what weird glitches you run into with your TV/AVR, media content, etc. :) I am using the 1st generation AMD APU...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-30-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,547
Posted By StardogChampion
Unfortunately, the E-i7 without the ODD slot has...

Unfortunately, the E-i7 without the ODD slot has long been sold out and the manufacturer isn't/won't make any more.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-29-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,603
Posted By StardogChampion
But I can fit a fanless quad-core, IR receiver,...

But I can fit a fanless quad-core, IR receiver, SSD and memory in this case... (7.8" x 7.8" x 2.2")

http://cdn.avsforum.com/b/b8/b876e421_S197-H55Black1.jpeg

I do like my nMediaPC 1000B though.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-25-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,111
Posted By StardogChampion
Yeah, not worth $23.95 to ship overseas. There...

Yeah, not worth $23.95 to ship overseas. There should be plenty on ebay.co.uk.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-25-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,111
Posted By StardogChampion
You can RMA to the manufacturer without the box....

You can RMA to the manufacturer without the box. You can buy one of the plastic CPU holders off eBay or I have a ton of them too if you want one I can send one along -- just buy the stamp.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-24-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 987
Posted By StardogChampion
I have CrashPlan running on my WHS2011 server. I...

I have CrashPlan running on my WHS2011 server. I backup my pictures, home videos, documents and music to the cloud and an external drive. I also use it to backup locally on the server from my live...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-24-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,315
Posted By StardogChampion
My HTPCs are used to watch movies off my server,...

My HTPCs are used to watch movies off my server, listen to music, view our pix/videos and Cable TV.

1. Windows 7 Pro x64 with WMC
2. MediaBrowser 3 Classic
3. LAVFilters
4. GuideTool
5. My...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-23-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,158
Posted By StardogChampion
A quad-core LGA775, RAM, SSD and PSU you already...

A quad-core LGA775, RAM, SSD and PSU you already plus a new modern GPU and HTPC case would make a very nice mostly already paid for HTPC.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-23-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,111
Posted By StardogChampion
I've never gotten anything but a sealed processor...

I've never gotten anything but a sealed processor from Amazon. Also, for returns, I've found Amazon to be the best. They'll take just about anything back no questions asked (ok, there's a web form...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-23-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,111
Posted By StardogChampion
I haven't found it to be any better or worse...

I haven't found it to be any better or worse lately. Power supplies are still the biggest point of failure I see. Case buttons and LEDs second. I see the very occasional motherboard DOA. Memory and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-23-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,462
Posted By StardogChampion
Well, except he's not putting any PCs together....

Well, except he's not putting any PCs together. His minions do that. :D
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-21-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,462
Posted By StardogChampion
If someone believes putting PCs together for...

If someone believes putting PCs together for people makes "absurd amounts of money" then they are definitely drunk :D
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-20-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 722
Posted By StardogChampion
I just installed my first 1TB SSD for a customer....

I just installed my first 1TB SSD for a customer. It cost the same as the 500MB drive I bought at BJ's in the mid-1990s :D Nice system too, i7-4970S, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD in a modded silver Wesena ITX-6...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-20-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,462
Posted By StardogChampion
Well, since I said in the first paragraph on my...

Well, since I said in the first paragraph on my posts that it "depends on your tastes" you're clearly just being argumentative at this point.

Personally, I think all of those except the Mac mini...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-20-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 722
Posted By StardogChampion
I'll give him a thumbs up for poking fun at...

I'll give him a thumbs up for poking fun at himself.

Ever notice though when one component group goes down in price, some other goes up. HDDs/SSDs prices have fallen yet memory is now expensive....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-20-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,462
Posted By StardogChampion
Again, it depends on your tastes and needs. If...

Again, it depends on your tastes and needs. If you think one of the aforementioned Dell, HP, etc. looks good enough for your tastes to be an HTPC and you don't mind getting your hands dirty setting...
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