So as some of you may know there's been some changes recently with me but instead of dwelling on them, as this isn't the right place for that, I'll get right into the changes that have been made to my system since my previous thread.
First things first, there's been some serious addition by subtraction:
- Gone are the game systems. No real need for them anymore now that I've switched to PC gaming only. While it means there are some good console games I'm missing out on I'm OK with that. I'd rather focus one one platform and the PC gives me the best bang for my buck. I just wish we'd stop seeing so many console ports.
- Also gone is the Uverse tv service (still have Uverse internet though). Again, good reason for that. Windows Media Center. I use OTA combined with Netflix and Hulu plugins for just about whatever I want to with tv. Besides, most of the tv I watch is on the local channels anyway so that was $70 or so a month I was only too glad to save. Plus I don't really watch much tv anyway and when I have my son he's more than satisfied with Netflix streaming of all his favorite cartoons like Caillou and Thomas the Train lol. The built-in DVR is very close to what I had with Uverse so it was an easy transition for me. It's much faster in response time too. Overall like the game switch this was something I don't regret doing at all.
Those are the two main changes to my system. I've decided to go the computer route as my main media center/server/source/etc. and frankly it's something I should have done a long time ago. There were reasons why I didn't but needless to say with having to only answer to myself it's a much easier proposition to make and accept lol. I'm in the process of deciding how best to build a NAS. I've thought about purchasing a pre-built unit like one from HP or WD but I have an extra mobo with an older Phenom quadcore that's not really doing much so I think I might buy another case, slap it in, load Windows Media Server along with a nice Raid and call it a day. It's the cheaper of the options plus it offers me the most flexibility. Here are my current specs since this is a post your setup thread and it's part of my setup:
Phenom II 965 OCed to 3.912 @ 1.425v
8GB OCZ OCZ3G1333LV8GQ @ 9-9-9-20
Diamond Radeon 5770 CF @ 875/1300 on stock voltage - CCC 10.12a
Lite-On iHOS104-08 4x BD drive
Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
Killer 2100 gigabit network card
OCZ 700W MODXSTREAM PRO
Diamond ATI TV Wonder 750 USB
Intel 40GB SSD boot disc
WD 650GB Caviar Blue programs drive
WD 1TB Caviar Green media drive
Windows 7 X64
PowerDVD 8 BD edition
MS X5 Sidewinder gaming mouse
MS X4 Sidewinder keyboard
360 wired controller
I'm pretty happy with it to be honest. I could have gone for a higher-end card but at the time I really didn't see the need. I actually received the second 5770 as a gift and figured I'd give Crossfire a try. Because my display is limited to 1360x768 it's not like I'm really gaining a whole bunch from doing this but there are differences and I'm happy with it.
Now, for the rest of the system. The only thing that's changed is the Velodyne sub is gone and the rears have been upgraded to WB-14s from the RSX3s that were there before. I'm still trying to get the old rears but there's some legal hurdles I'm having to jump through right now so yeah lol. Oh yeah I have a replacement for the 50A450 I ad. I just needed a tv in a pinch and got a really good deal on the 50C450 so I went with that. It's 720p but I'm sure I've stated my case before on the whole 720 v 1080 issue, especially when it comes to budget. Now when I upgrade in size to a 58 or 63 it's no longer gonna be an issue but until then I'm happy with it. Anyway I'll go ahead and list the equipment now and show you some crappy cell phone pics I've taken. Keep in mind the quality of the pictures and the not quite up to snuff fit and finish of the system. The rears aren't mounted, the speaker wire isn't hidden, the wire cover isn't painted yet, There's no real cable management behind the stand, and the antenna situation...well, lol I've gotta get that sorted out. Still, it's a quick shot into a work in progress so without further delay:
Harman Kardon PA-5800
AT&T Uverse Router
APC XS1200 UPS
Coolermaster HAF 922 HTPC (specs listed above)
Klipsch RF-25 mains
Klipsch RC-35 center
Klipsch RW8 sub (ifi edition)
Klipsch WB-14 rears
Sanus NF213 video stand
Panasonic RP-HTX7 headphones for late night listening.
I also have a Radiient Select4 4 port HDMI switch but because I only use my computer it sits dormant for right now. I leave it there so when/if I add something I have an easy way of doing it. Now for the pics:
Whole front-end shot
Desktop. Notice also the super ghetto antenna setup I'm using at the moment. That will change soon enough.
Note the USB hub positioned where it can connect my keyboard, mouse, 360 controller, and mic or dongle cable should I need it. I think it's a clean solution.
Another shot of the USB hub
Right rear speaker. I had to prop it up so it'd be the same height as the left surround channel. Temporary of course until I can get them mounted on the wall and run track hiding the surround speaker cable.
Left rear. Again, temp placement until it gets mounted. Also, pay no attention to the diapers in the background. lol
Front left speaker.
Front right, along with RW-8 ifi edition sub. The couch along the wall does crowd it over there but it's not that big a deal and it doesn't block the tweeter so I don't really care. It's the price to pay to have two couches in such a small area.
My totally badass gaming/htpc. It's large but awesome. I love it. I'm so gald I got back into building PCs. I can turn the LEDs on the fans off as well as the temp mon screen so there's no distractions at night while watching a movie or playing a game.
Top down view of the entertainment stand with center speaker on top.
Can't really tell the quality of the picture in this shot since it's from a crappy cell phone cam. What you can tell though is the need for paint on the wire cover and the lack of style with the cables dangling down from the antenna. In due time that will be solved. On the positive though the image on this tv is outstanding. I'm impressed every day what Samsung has been able to do with such a budget tv.
360 controller, keyboard, mouse, remote, Kindle 3 up top, along with a race car in the background lol.
Two of the best movies of all time and Harrison Ford stars in both. He's such a badass.
That pretty much describes my system at the moment. It's a work in progress and as long as I re-up my lease this upcoming year I won't have to make any drastic changes. I'll definitely keep the thread updated picture-wise as I get a better camera (heh I don't have to tell you why I don't have my old one lol). Thanks to you guys for sticking with me here as I know I said I'd get this up on here forever now but hey life happens, ya know?
Oh yeah, last but certainly not least my wingman and super helper:
Edited by pcweber111 - 1/12/13 at 9:58pm