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Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-22-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By StardogChampion
Are you thinking of these CFI cases maybe? ...

Are you thinking of these CFI cases maybe?

http://www.e-itx.com/cfi-a2059.html
http://www.e-itx.com/cfi-a2060.html

Sometimes these are also marketing under the ARK brand and usually cheaper...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-22-2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By StardogChampion
I am surprised to see no mention of the...

I am surprised to see no mention of the J1900/J2900 (Bay Trail) motherboards. The ASRock Q1900-ITX/Q2900-ITX/Q1900DC-ITX make excellent low-power HTPCs that do just about everything if you're HTPC is...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-20-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 64
Posted By StardogChampion
I replied to your same post here:...

I replied to your same post here: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/1407043-realan-e-i5-e-i7-mini-itx-case-builds-7.html#post30989586
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-20-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 27,007
Posted By StardogChampion
When there's no obstacles, an exhaust fan works...

When there's no obstacles, an exhaust fan works well in the E-i7 because it draws air from the vents on the top, across the motherboard and then out. With the GPU in there, it blocks that airflow....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-10-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 411
Posted By StardogChampion
If you want to see just how compressed it is via...

If you want to see just how compressed it is via Cable pickup a Over-The-Air broadcast of the same thing. Night and day. OTA is so much better. Well, except for that whole only 3 channels come in and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-07-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 830
Posted By StardogChampion
No. It's the same old same old. It used to be you...

No. It's the same old same old. It used to be you needed to DIY to get an HTPC but now you can get a NUC or similar so hardly anyone wants to DIY any longer.

DIY HTPC is dead.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-18-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 1,208
Posted By StardogChampion
I would stay away from ASUS, they're a real...

I would stay away from ASUS, they're a real beeotch to get into to change memory and SSD.

You can get a Dell laptop and throw your own SSD and memory upgrade in it for pretty cheap. Last year my...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-17-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 136
Posted By StardogChampion
I am not seeing the free shipping on this.

I am not seeing the free shipping on this.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-12-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 196
Posted By StardogChampion
I would only be concerned about the name it's...

I would only be concerned about the name it's showing if you didn't have those audio formats showing. Those audio formats wouldn't be showing if they weren't in the audio block.

I think someone...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-09-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 616
Posted By StardogChampion
This is not true. All Intel desktop CPUs that...

This is not true. All Intel desktop CPUs that have a GPU since Clarkdale (with the exception of the Pentium G6950) can bitstream HD audio.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-09-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 710
Posted By StardogChampion
I think what happened is my machine hung while I...

I think what happened is my machine hung while I had it running so CaveCenter didn't have a chance to set the volume levels back to normal since after I rebooted I just uninstalled it. The uninstall...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-03-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 517
Posted By StardogChampion
A8-7600 has dropped below $100 and looks pretty...

A8-7600 has dropped below $100 and looks pretty sweet to me. I still really like my A8-3820.
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-03-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 402
Posted By StardogChampion
Rakuten (Buy.com) also had it for $79.99 with $30...

Rakuten (Buy.com) also had it for $79.99 with $30 off $100 PayPal, two days ago.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-03-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,668
Posted By StardogChampion
mfusick, you knew I'd get a mini-ITX build in...

mfusick, you knew I'd get a mini-ITX build in here somehow, riiight? :)
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-03-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,668
Posted By StardogChampion
This is an adaptation of a recent 3D modeling...

This is an adaptation of a recent 3D modeling build I did that would work well for a art school PC. With 3D modeling, it's about more than CPU. You need a good workstation-class GPU.

Case:...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-03-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 49
Posted By StardogChampion
ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Mini ITX Motherboard $78.99 + FS @ Newegg

ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135363
$78.99 + FS @ Newegg.com
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-03-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,892
Posted By StardogChampion
One of the nice things about their design tool is...

One of the nice things about their design tool is you can get an estimate for whatever you design right through the software. You specify the material, finish, etc. complete your design and then just...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-30-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 710
Posted By StardogChampion
I decided to give CaveCenter a try and then I...

I decided to give CaveCenter a try and then I tried to uninstall it and that's where my troubles began. It's done something to my system so that I no longer have any sound in Windows Media Center. It...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-25-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By StardogChampion
If your clients are going to be PCs, there's no...

If your clients are going to be PCs, there's no need to have something like Plex. We have various PC clients all over the house and the server really is just a file server, sharing the files out via...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-25-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,892
Posted By StardogChampion
I have two Chinese OEMs I work with. I can put...

I have two Chinese OEMs I work with. I can put you in touch. One is the OEM for OrigenAE, etc.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-25-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,892
Posted By StardogChampion
I also use Tap Plastics for the custom ATX/SFX...

I also use Tap Plastics for the custom ATX/SFX blanking/picoPSU blanking plates that I make. I like that I can custom order online the size that I need. ABS plastic is easy to drill but it's really...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   11-24-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By StardogChampion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009644 $299

Fan is kinda loud but the picture is nice -- just turn off those lights :)
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-24-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,892
Posted By StardogChampion
For shame! Selling would be against the forum...

For shame! Selling would be against the forum rules!
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-23-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,892
Posted By StardogChampion
There are plenty GPUs that only use one PCIe slot...

There are plenty GPUs that only use one PCIe slot but take up two slots in the case, the extra width being for cooling. Sometimes the bracket actually uses two slots but other times, especially in...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-20-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 957
Posted By StardogChampion
TV + Roku + HTPC + Harmony remote Roku does...

TV + Roku + HTPC + Harmony remote

Roku does streaming service great but not so great at local content and no live TV.
HTPC does local content and live TV great, but streaming services not so...
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