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post #61 of 102
Asassin,

Have you finished testing or setting this bad boy up yet?
post #62 of 102
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Asassin,

Have you finished testing or setting this bad boy up yet?

Last finishing touches. Had a small issue with the touchscreen that we are almost done with.
post #63 of 102
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Last finishing touches. Had a small issue with the touchscreen that we are almost done with.

I bet the client is anxious... I would be.
post #64 of 102
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Last finishing touches. Had a small issue with the touchscreen that we are almost done with.

Let me guess... related to the Soundgraph/iMon software?
post #65 of 102
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Originally Posted by bryansj View Post

Let me guess... related to the Soundgraph/iMon software?

Not at all. A cabling issue that needed to be resolved for the touchscreen and motherboard connection.

Its now complete and will be shipped soon.
post #66 of 102
final pics?
post #67 of 102
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

final pics?

Here you go. Build is finally done after a few last minute modifications...














post #68 of 102
So basically the best HTPC money can buy. That must have been a treat to work with such high end components.
post #69 of 102
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Originally Posted by JackDiesel14 View Post

So basically the best HTPC money can buy. That must have been a treat to work with such high end components.

I am not sure it's "the best"

I am certain I could go way more excessive if someone was writing blank checks.

But it's certainly one of the best on these forums, and certainly "premium" level.


I once built a "dream machine" on new egg wish list that was $20,000.00 in parts.


I am sure "best" will always be a term that is relative.


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Originally Posted by JackDiesel14 View Post

So basically the best HTPC money can buy. That must have been a treat to work with such high end components.


It's the case, and the Assassin set up and config that makes it special. It's better than 99% of the set ups people have on here.

Go to a real PC forum and you will see some crazy set ups- But those are not for HTPC. They are nerd PC's. A totally different thing entirely.
post #70 of 102
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Originally Posted by JackDiesel14 View Post

So basically the best HTPC money can buy. That must have been a treat to work with such high end components.

It was. The delay was that I have never used that case so we had to reorder a few things like a different CPU cooler, different SATA cables, etc.

Also as you might expect there aren't many other builds out there in this case so I had to plan it in stages. It took a little while but the buyer is just now moving into his new house so he wasn't ready for it until now anyway.

It was a fun build. Hope you all enjoy it.

Next is a server for him. Should be a fun one.
post #71 of 102
ok,

You got my attention. What's the plan for the server?
post #72 of 102
It's been fun to follow this build across the different threads. Thanks for posting the updates and keeping us trolls in the loop.
post #73 of 102
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It's been fun to follow this build across the different threads. Thanks for posting the updates and keeping us trolls in the loop.

I would like to see the server plans ... If it matches to that it should be nice.
post #74 of 102
Very nice. I'm curious as to what the server will be as well. Can you say what you used for the sata cable sleeve? Thought that was very nice. I'm still wondering about that too.
post #75 of 102
Nice work Assassin , Clean build ...
I like builds like this it's inspiring & I can steal ideas as well ...

J/K'ing
post #76 of 102
I would love to see the server build.

he used 4TB drives inside his PC so imagine what the server will look like!!!
post #77 of 102
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

I would love to see the server build.

he used 4TB drives inside his PC so imagine what the server will look like!!!

No plans yet.

Will update once we discuss it.
post #78 of 102
You should use this for your SERVER guide. It would be cool.

Are you going to do a Server guide ?
post #79 of 102
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

You should use this for your SERVER guide. It would be cool.

Are you going to do a Server guide ?

Possibly.

I have an upcoming server build for an AVS member (different from this customer).

Haven't decided my server guides will be used internally or be made public though.

You have no idea how much work the guides take to research and create and a set of server guides would be massive.
post #80 of 102
I can imagine. It's a serious undertaking and an incredible accomplishment on your behalf just to have achieved where you are now.
post #81 of 102
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Possibly.

I have an upcoming server build for an AVS member (different from this customer).

Haven't decided my server guides will be used internally or be made public though.

You have no idea how much work the guides take to research and create and a set of server guides would be massive.

# 1 Thanks a lot for posting this obviously high profile build and sharing it with the community . That in itself takes some time to do for sure . Just a wicked awesome build and the signature attention to detail is obvious !

#2 I hesitate to touch on the subject as I or no one wants to be pesty but for what it's worth .... I would love to see a server guide However, at the very least it should (opinion only) be strictly in the paid guides as that sort of tutoring would be way , way outside the scope of a "simple" theme.

I also under stand as I am sure everyone would that keeping that information proprietary may have more value in future sales than what would be generated from the paid guides . It is a business decision made from the mind , not the heart .

Either way there is respect !

#3 I surely would find it hard to believe that anyone opens even the free guides , spends and hour reading and doesn't come away going WOW ... holy crap that must have been a lot of pain . Not mentioning the paid guides and ONE MORE thing . Not to mention the fact that unlike most guides these are maintained and kept as current as possible.

Like I always say.... "what ever you do , keep rockin the htpc"
post #82 of 102
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Originally Posted by flocko View Post

#2 I hesitate to touch on the subject as I or no one wants to be pesty but for what it's worth .... I would love to see a server guide However, at the very least it should (opinion only) be strictly in the paid guides as that sort of tutoring would be way , way outside the scope of a "simple" theme.

I think you got your wish
post #83 of 102
Indeed .. I did and have joined that paid section as well .

The content has been every bit as good as the htpc guides .

Since the server in the home page of the server guide is mine then obviously my server came set up with WHS 2012 and flex raid already to go but a lot of the technical aspects of the guide are helping a lot .
post #84 of 102
That's a nice server you have .
post #85 of 102
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Originally Posted by flocko View Post

Indeed .. I did and have joined that paid section as well .

The content has been every bit as good as the htpc guides .

Since the server in the home page of the server guide is mine then obviously my server came set up with WHS 2012 and flex raid already to go but a lot of the technical aspects of the guide are helping a lot .

How did you get WHS 2012? I'm still stuck on WHS 2011
post #86 of 102
Assasin,

I'm curious. Why did the customer want spanned drives rather than pooled? I'm not sure I see a reason.

The only thing I could think of is multiple large files transfers occurring simultaneously but that is generally a rare thing.
post #87 of 102
What exactly is the difference between pooled drives and spanned drives?

I assumed they were synonyms...

According to wikipedia, what's setup in this build is a spanned drive...
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A spanned volume is a formatted partition which data is stored on more than one hard disk, yet appears as one volume.
post #88 of 102
wow didn't realize how tall that case is until i saw it next to the monitor. nice work!

the ssd commentary was interesting. i have an intel g2 160gb in my laptop right now. its SATAII so I get about 260 read and 107 write. I was going to get a 128gb M4 for the htpc and they seemed quick. i didnt even consider the speed on smaller drives. then just 2 weeks ago, i won one of two 240gb intel 520 ssds from a laptop forum.
it was interesting to see that the larger 520 drives were faster then the small ones. this will go into my laptop even though i wont get the 500 read write speeds, it should be a nice bump. the 160 g2 can go into the htpc.

i would like to have a server, but instead im gonna continue building the htpc. the case can only hold 3 hdd and 1 optical. i will velcro the ssd to a flat surface and ziptie a 4th hdd to the cage. hope it all fits.
post #89 of 102
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Originally Posted by KevBel View Post

What exactly is the difference between pooled drives and spanned drives?

I assumed they were synonyms...

According to wikipedia, what's setup in this build is a spanned drive...

To put it very simply, a spanned drive is similar but does not have fault tolerance.

I believe that spanning is done by hardware and pooling done by software for the most part.
post #90 of 102
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Originally Posted by hockeyrcks9901 View Post

To put it very simply, a spanned drive is similar but does not have fault tolerance.

I believe that spanning is done by hardware and pooling done by software for the most part.

How does pooling have any tolerance at all?
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