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post #1051 of 1091 Old 01-01-2015, 12:13 PM
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Thank you. After moving into a new house, I figured it was time to do all the computers in one central location and just run HDMI/USB over ethernet extenders while the house was empty and before everything was painted. I'm pleased with the way everything works. People were skeptical with the HDMI over ethernet dropping out, but I have had zero problems.

If anyone wants to know the parts I used, here's the links from Monoprice. I used 24awg CAT6 for the runs. Tested with 1080p 3D SBS and that works as well.

HDMI over CAT5e/CAT6
Product Number: 6532 http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2

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Product Number: 6042 http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2
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This is my current HTPC build:

MB: GIGABYTE GA-F2A75M-HD2 (rev. 3.0) FM2+ AMD A75 uATX
APU: AMD A10-7700K
Cooler: Thermalright AXP-100 (silent, and able to shift for tight fit)
RAM: G.SKILL Ares 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2133 C10
GPU: XFX R-250 (best 1/2 height for A10-7700K at the time)
Boot Drive: Crucial M500 120GB SSD
Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB
Optical Drive: ASUS Blu-ray Drive BC-12B1ST (short depth)
Power Supply: CORSAIR CX430M 80 Plus Bronze
Case: Moncaso 312S – uATX (chosen for stereo component style appearance)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro

I have XBMC, but I'm finding Windows does everything faster and easier. I have it set to boot directly into XBMC, but I'm thinking about changing it back.
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This is my current HTPC build:

MB: GIGABYTE GA-F2A75M-HD2 (rev. 3.0) FM2+ AMD A75 uATX
APU: AMD A10-7700K
Cooler: Thermalright AXP-100 (silent, and able to shift for tight fit)
RAM: G.SKILL Ares 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2133 C10
GPU: XFX R-250 (best 1/2 height for A10-7700K at the time)
Boot Drive: Crucial M500 120GB SSD
Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB
Optical Drive: ASUS Blu-ray Drive BC-12B1ST (short depth)
Power Supply: CORSAIR CX430M 80 Plus Bronze
Case: Moncaso 312S – uATX (chosen for stereo component style appearance)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro

I have XBMC, but I'm finding Windows does everything faster and easier. I have it set to boot directly into XBMC, but I'm thinking about changing it back.
you should try OpenELEC if you like Kodi(XBMC), and believe me, you will throw windoze out of window
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Unless you record Copy Once live TV.

I like that case. I have almost that same PSU showing up tomorrow for my new server build, except I got the "Gold" certified 450M.
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you should try OpenELEC if you like Kodi(XBMC), and believe me, you will throw windoze out of window
I have all of my videos on a windows PC and stream to my various windows PC's which run Media Browser. If I went to OpenELEC, will that see my central PC with the videos, or do I have to modify that too? My set up has worked well for the last several years but I would like to see more appliance like reliability.
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I have all of my videos on a windows PC and stream to my various windows PC's which run Media Browser. If I went to OpenELEC, will that see my central PC with the videos, or do I have to modify that too? My set up has worked well for the last several years but I would like to see more appliance like reliability.
sure, Kodi can import all your media libraries from what ever share on your network if is SMB, NFS, etc...
so where ever your media are you would be able to play it no changes needed.
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sure, Kodi can import all your media libraries from what ever share on your network if is SMB, NFS, etc...
so where ever your media are you would be able to play it no changes needed.
I am just sharing via windows home group via my network. So it looks like I could install OpenELEC and then media browser and skip windows all together? I have a NUC on the way, should be here tomorrow. I want a simple system to replace an older HTPC in the bedroom. Windows sleep function has always frustrated me along with constant updates, etc. I would love to get away from that.
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I am just sharing via windows home group via my network. So it looks like I could install OpenELEC and then media browser and skip windows all together? I have a NUC on the way, should be here tomorrow. I want a simple system to replace an older HTPC in the bedroom. Windows sleep function has always frustrated me along with constant updates, etc. I would love to get away from that.
yes, surely you would be able to do this
simple like never
you install OpenELEC, than browse and add your network shares, it will automatically add all media to libraries, download all media informations etc..
few minutes and you all done
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yes, surely you would be able to do this
simple like never
you install OpenELEC, than browse and add your network shares, it will automatically add all media to libraries, download all media informations etc..
few minutes and you all done
Excellent! Thank you, I'll give it a try over the next few days.
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CPU: i5 3570k
GPU: EVGA GTX 970 SSC w/ ACX 2.0
Mobo: Asus Z77-A
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PSU: Seasonic M12 520w
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This is the space the HTPC is in





My other gaming pc, I guess I'd call this the desktop
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CPU: i5 3570k
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Ram: 8GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile DDR3 1600
PSU: Seasonic M12 520w
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PSU: Seasonic M12 520w
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CPU Cooler: Corsair H55






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Not bad given the tight quarters on max setting Assetto Corsa


Nice, clean build. My Moncaso case has a blue LED that is way too bright, so I added a piece of yellow sticky note paper inside the case in front of it. Now it's a decent turquoise.
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Here's mine:
xeon E5645 6core/12thread @ 2.4ghz
12gb ram ddr3 1600mghz
ssd 120gb (windows 10 64bit)
GTX 960 4gb, hdmi 2.0
JVC X550 4K HDR WCG
Denon AVR-X2300W 5.2.2 4K ATMOS / DTS-X
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i7
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Just finished building an HTPC for the main living area. It was fun! I used mostly old parts that I'll explain below. Right now it is pretty loud due to the chipset fan. I'll replace it soon. It plays games pretty well (the kids and I have been playing Battlefront and it looks great at 1080p/max settings). When I can get it a few dB quieter I'll be using Kodi and/or Emby Theater:

Motherboard: EVGA nforce 780i SLI (I bought this new for a gaming rig back in 2007)
CPU: Intel Q9550 Core 2 Quad (found this from a local on Craigslist for $60)
Memory: Corsair XMS2-6400 (Already had 4GB and bought another 4GB on eBay for $20)
HDD: C drive is a WD VelociRaptor 500GB (SSD not compatible with motherboard due to chipset) and data HDD is WD Blue 1TB
PSU: Corsair CX430M ($44.99)
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 960 refurbished (on sale for $139.99)
CPU Cooler: Silverstone AR08 ($37.99)



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I originally built my HTPC in 2014. This year I added an additional SSD for Windows 10, doubled the RAM just since prices dropped by a third since 2014, added a couple of exhaust fans, and decided to game on it so got a Sapphire Nitro+ OC RX 480 in August. I went with an RX 480 mostly because I need 88.2 and 176.4 KHz sample rate support for my SACD rips. Also since I don't plan on replacing my 4 year old Panasonic plasma or 9 year old Onkyo TX-SR805 AVR any time soon all I needed was games maxed out 1080p at 60 FPS, which this GPU has no problem doing.

The PC consists of:

Silverstone GD09 case with two Deepcool 4 pin PWM 120 mm intake fans (in addition to the included 120 mm Silverstone fan) and two Noctua 4 pin PWM 80 mm exhaust fans
Evercool powered 5 PWM fan cable (since my MB only has two case fan headers)
A Rosewill Green Series 530 watt 80 Plus Bronze power supply (from an older PC I parted out)
Asus Z97M-Plus motherboard
Intel i5-4690K CPU (overclocked to 4.3 GHz at 1.2 volts)
Silverstone AR02 CPU cooler (in a pull configuration)
4 x 4 GB Fury HyperX 1866 MHz RAM
Sapphire Nitro+ OC 8 GB RX480
San Disk 128 GB Ultra Plus SSD (Windows 7)
San Disk 256 GB X400 M.2 SSD (Windows 10)
2 TB Seagate HDD (FLAC files)
5 TB Seagate HDD (Blu-ray rips)
Pioneer BCD-207D BD-ROM

If I didn't already have a power supply on hand I would have definitely went with a modular. This PC performs great. From my couch it is completely inaudible when being used as an HTPC. Even while gaming it's not too loud, since I have to use V-Sync, the GPU doesn't have to work too hard.
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I have a HTPC I built a while ago but never have been able to use like I want. My son has taken it over as a gaming PC, but I still want to do DVR functions on it and access it from other computers on my network.


Asus H87M motherboard
i3-4340 Intel processor
8mb RAM
120 gig SSD for OS (windows 7)
1TB hard drive for storage
EVGA GeForce GTX950
HD Homerun (HDHR3-US)


I've tried recording in WMC and cannot. Same with Kodi. After a little research it seems the HDHR3-US is not compatible with WMC or Kodi. (?)


I'm in a bit over my head. Just want to find a way to record Ota shows.


Thanks if you can help!

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Most of us just followed Assassin's guides:
http://assassinhtpcblog.com/guides-tutorials/
Should have you up and running in no time.
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https://www.silicondust.com/forum/vi...hp?f=19&t=2484

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I have been admiring the setups in this thread/forum for years. After getting tips from all the posts I can gladly say that I am finally at a happy spot with my AV/HTPC setup... for now.


I use the "standard" HD Homerun Prime setup with WMC + Steam Home Streaming from my desk pc for any gaming needs. All music/photos are stored on the NAS and all streaming is done through the WMC and/or IE.


Recorded TV is through WMC to local secondary drive and moved nightly to share on NAS (Task Scheduler).


All the HTPC's are controlled with the Logitech Harmony/Dinovo Mini combo. I've included photos of my family room, loft, garage, desktop, and network. All from my blood, sweat, and tears!
Just finished updating my setup in an effort to reduce all the hardware!

Consolidated 3x HTPC's and 1 NAS into one PC using Limetech's Unraid and HDMI/USB over Cat6 transmitters/receivers.

Specifications:
Supermicro MBD-X10DAL-I-O ATX Dual-CPU LGA2011-3 Motherboard
2X Intel Xeon E5-2637 V3 3.5GHz Quad-Core OEM/Tray Processor
2X Noctua NH-L9x65 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler /w upgraded CPU Fans, NF-A9 PWM
4X 16GB Micron ECC Registered DDR4 RAM
2X Noctua NF-A8 FLX exhaust fans
1X MSI Geforce GT 710 (for Unraid default display)
3X Asus Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti (for 3 HTPC VM's)
1X Crucial M550 256GB MSATA SSD (for OS/Cache Disk)
2X Seagate 4TB NAS Hard Drive (for storage/shares)
Silverstone SFX-L 700W PSU (Used with Silverstone ATX to SFX bracket to fit 4th GPU)
Silverstone Grandia GD10 HTPC Case

Transmitters/Receivers
2X AV Access HDBaseT HDMI Transmitter over Cat6
2X AV Access USB 2.0 Extender over Cat6

Network Changes
1X SonicWALL TZ210 Firewall
1X CyberPower OR700LCDRM1U UPS 700VA 400W

Each of the three VM's are running Windows 7 with Media Center and uses HD Homerun Prime for TV/DVR. Pinned 2 Cores (4 Threads) to each VM. These VM's are the sources for the 3 TV's in the house.

Unraid has been a learning process but enjoyable once you see the positive results. USB passthrough was annoying but simple once done.

My goal is to get the most out of the least equipment. Any thoughts and suggestions welcome!
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Just finished updating my setup in an effort to reduce all the hardware!
That is a beast of a machine! I have not used WHMC in years (went to XBMC now have Plex running to every room). Do you routinely have all 3 TV's on at the same time using their respective HTPC hypervisors? If not, you could always use a Matrix to send the signal to whichever TV is appropriate. You can also then take any other 'box' (cable, roku, PS4, Xbox, etc.) and put them all in the same central location. Use a smart remote to make the selection of device, matrix input/output, and TV. Could, in theory, eliminate the need for 1 or 2 of the 750i's as well as any/all in-room boxes connected to TVs.

Just food for thought if you're attempting to eliminate as many devices as possible. Also extremely envious of your new workstation build. My single CPU E3 pales in comparison...
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you could always use a Matrix to send the signal to whichever TV is appropriate.
Thanks for the comments and that is a great idea! I mostly haven't looked into HDBaseT Matrix simply because of the price. Will probably do that down the line at some point. It would be nice to be able to use the PS3 across the home.

All the VM's are always powered on and idle when not used. I've always wanted to move on to XBMC but family is heavily tied in to Cable TV/DVR.

As for the E3, I actually think it's perfect since the v5's have equivalent cores and run so much cooler. I just had my E5's from a server pull.
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Since you already have the Baluns, I would look at just getting an HDMI matrix. DVDO makes a 6x2 that is 4K and only about $400 (only 2 outputs, though). Then you simply use the baluns from the exit points of the switch like you're doing now for the 3 GPUs. You should be able to find a decent 6x4 unit for under $1,000, I believe. Also, having used both XBMC and Plex I would recommend the latter as it streams much more smoothly and works on many many platforms out of the gate. Totally worth a lifetime premium membership, imho.

I was going to do a matrix with built in baluns but they were very price prohibited so I actually have said DVDO unit and 2 HDMI baluns running out of it to our two TVs. Then using a Harmony remote to control it all from a different floor. Waiting anxiously for my new NEEO remote to arrive, but I digress...
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After all the reading in pictures in this thread it makes me want a htpc now Nice setups all
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unless you have a degree in computer engineering don't get a HTPC they are not designed to be a DVR and are nothing but problems

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unless you have a degree in computer engineering don't get a HTPC they are not designed to be a DVR and are nothing but problems

hmmnn, I flunked out of Electrical Engineering (shakes fist at Calculus!) & I have two HTPC's (both running Kodi) & it was not too difficult. If you've ever installed a hard drive or video card, then you can get get a DVR with more storage than any provider would ever dream about.

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Couldn't Resist a Water Cooler

My local Fry's has started building custom water cooled PCs (along with a few traditional) and they have them on display in several areas. The current custom champ is reserved for the service counter and typically runs $2k to $3k. Surprisingly they sell rather fast. One customer ordered two... one in red and one in blue (for his kids).

At first I wasn't attracted but somehow it grew on me and I started lusting after building such myself. So I began the quest of assembling the parts via various Fry's promo codes filling in occasionally with a Newegg deal. Outside of the custom water cooler parts I don't think any piece was close to typical street price. As an example the motherboard was right at $150. I ended up with...

  • Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • MSI GEFORCE GTX 1060 6GB Gaming X Video Card
  • Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory - programmable Red LEDs
  • MSI Z170A MPOWER Gaming Titanium ATX LGA1151 Motherboard - one click BIOS overclocking
  • Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler - fans replaced with Corsair ML120 Pro LED Red 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan
  • Thermaltake Core P3 ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Corsair 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply - only spins at 40% and higher load (haven't seen it come on yet outside of testing)
  • Samsung EVO 960 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD - PCIe 3.0x4 channel
  • Corsair ML140 Pro LED 97.0 CFM 140mm Fan
  • Raidmax power supply and PCIe red cable extenders

It was a fun build and went together without a hitch. Overall I was very happy however there was still this burning desire to see the blood flow. And when I saw the P3 (case) available in red I couldn't resist. I started assembling the various custom water cooler pieces. I thought I would do an entirely new build (with the new Intel generation) but eventually decided it wasn't worth it. I'd simply swap everything over to the red case and replace the water cooler.

For the custom water cooler I use Thermaltake...

  • Pacific DIY LCS PR22-D5 w/mod kit 5-Speed Adjustable D5 Pump/Reservoir Combo
  • DIY LCS W1 Copper CPU Water Block
  • Pacific DIY LCS RL420 Radiator
  • Pacific DIY LCS Black G1/4 Female to Male 30mm Extender
  • Pacific DIY LCS Black G1/4 90 Degree Adapter
  • Pacific DIY LCS Black 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression
  • DIY LCS V-Tubler 4T Transparent Tubing 6.5ft OD:3/4" ID:1/2"

Does the custom water cooler perform much better? Is it worth it? I'd say heck no. But I couldn't be happier with the results. In its current incarnation it simply feels right and was a blast to assemble. I'll even end up using it for some back-end HTPC stuff...
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With Libreelec and Kodi Krypton (beta). ServerWMC backend for TV, and media server for everything else.

Works like a charm.
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Hello, will this htpc produce a great image for 1080p and 4k upscaling with madvr etc? or just not great? I use a Dune 303d with Sony HW50es to 106inch projector screen since 2013. I wonder there will be a good upgrade or not. Thank you and sorry for my English

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Hello, will this htpc produce a great image for 1080p and 4k upscaling with madvr etc? or just not great? I use a Dune 303d with Sony HW50es to 106inch projector screen since 2013. I wonder there will be a good upgrade or not. Thank you and sorry for my English

MSI GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G - 8GB GDDR5 256 Bit (i also plan htc vive vr gaming)
INTEL Core i5-6500, up to 3.60 GHz, LGA1151
ASUS Z170-P Z170 LGA 1151 DDR4 M.2 USB 3.1 Motherboard
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB RAM
WD Blue WD5000AZLX, 3.5", 500GB, 7200Rpm, 32 MB, SATA, Hard Disk Drive
yup this will be a great HTPC for 4k upscaling.
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