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Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-13-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,069
Posted By StardogChampion
Hi Zygmunt, can you confirm if the Streacom FC8,...

Hi Zygmunt, can you confirm if the Streacom FC8, FC9 and/or FC10 are compatible with the ASUS Q87T/CSM motherboard? I know you mention it above but I want to be 100% sure before I order. Thanks.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-07-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 995
Posted By StardogChampion
If they are TV shows, then I keep them in...

If they are TV shows, then I keep them in Recorded TV. However, if it's a movie I know I want to watch again and it's a good recording, I'll go through it with VideoRedo, remove the commercials, spit...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-05-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,192
Posted By StardogChampion
I found life with HTPC got much easier when I did...

I found life with HTPC got much easier when I did two things:

1. Sucked up the fact that there will be certain recordings (Copy Once) I cannot share between different TVs and just record those...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-03-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,218
Posted By StardogChampion
Yeah, I went back and looked at the pics on the...

Yeah, I went back and looked at the pics on the PHT site and man this case is slick.

What kind of temps were you getting with those ultra-low profile CPU HSFs? It'd be nice if this could take a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-02-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,218
Posted By StardogChampion
Awesome. You can put me on your ignore list too. ...

Awesome. You can put me on your ignore list too.

I prefer small, all-aluminum cases (preferably brushed not powder-coated) based on personal aesthetics and the challenge of getting the most I can...
Forum: Community News & Polls   08-13-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 16,576
Posted By StardogChampion
Absolutely gorgeous, all around. I am not sure...

Absolutely gorgeous, all around. I am not sure which to envy, the CNC shop, the bar or the theater.

Nicely done. Thanks for the inspiration. Someday... and if it's 1/10th as nice as yours is I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-08-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,154
Posted By StardogChampion
OTA would require an antenna and several...

OTA would require an antenna and several bunker-buster bombs to eliminate the hills and perhaps some of the curve of the earth between me and the antennas. Not everyone lives in the big city, y'all.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-08-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,176
Posted By StardogChampion
I don't think 40 speakers or even 34 is going to...

I don't think 40 speakers or even 34 is going to pass the WAF test. IJS... Friggin' cool though.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-01-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,772
Posted By StardogChampion
I think of all the crappy $2000 PCs I bought back...

I think of all the crappy $2000 PCs I bought back in the 90s and early 2000s and still shake my head when someone complains they can't get a PC that does everything they want for $100 like someone's...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-01-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,423
Posted By StardogChampion
I know, it weird, it's like people think it's...

I know, it weird, it's like people think it's discussion forum where they can share their experiences with their server setups so the OP has a large pool of information to pull for when making a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-01-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 406
Posted By StardogChampion
The 29/59 thing is so bizarre. Here's what...

The 29/59 thing is so bizarre. Here's what happens for me with HBO:

Intel + Onkyo AVR + Panasonic or LG plasma or Panasonic LCD = flickering
Intel + Dell 22" monitor = flickering

Intel +...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-30-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,423
Posted By StardogChampion
Amahi might be worth a look:...

Amahi might be worth a look: https://www.amahi.org/

I'd put FreeNAS up at the top of the list too.

I use WHS2011 + StableBit and it's great. But, WHS2011 isn't available for $40 like it was a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-30-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,095
Posted By StardogChampion
nMediaPC makes some nice inexpensive microATX...

nMediaPC makes some nice inexpensive microATX cases that'll fit a GPU.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-20-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
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: 3,055
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: 1,060
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: 2,579
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: 3,055
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: 24,217
Posted By StardogChampion
You're welcome!

You're welcome!
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-01-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 24,217
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: 1,500
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: 4,505
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: 24,217
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: 24,217
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: 3,055
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.
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