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#1 Rich_Guy

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:28 PM

I put together a little youtube slide show of my HTPC I built I thought I'd share. I use my HTPC for music listening, watching Blu-ray & DVD, watching live TV and as a 4 channel DVR as well as streaming movies, it does a great job at everything.





HTPC Specs

Case - Origen AE H7

Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Motherboard - intel H55TC (Micro ATX)
* 2.93GHz processor speed
* Expandable up to 16GB DDR3 memory
* 4MB L3 cache
* 8-channel HD audio
* Gigabit Ethernet
* 12 USB ports
* HDMI, VGA and DVI

CPU - intel core i3 530 processor
* 2.93GHz processor speed

CPU Cooler - SilverStone NT06-PRO

Power Supply - Ultra X3 ULT40073
* 600-Watt, ATX
* Modular wiring

Hard Drives - System drive - SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
* Western Digital WD5001AALS Caviar Black Hard Drives 500GB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G (1000GB total, two drives)
* Storage Drive for DVR TV and Movies - External Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop Hard Drive STBV2000100

Memory - Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2GB x 4) Model BL2KIT25664BN1337
* 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)

Sound Card - ASUS Xonar Essence ST 24-bit 192KHz connected to my MHDT Havana NOS Tube DAC

TV Tuner Boards - Two Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 cards (four tuners)

USB 3.0 - Western Digital SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express (PCIe) Card

Blu-ray Drive - Lite-On Blu-ray drive model IHOS104
* Blu Ray ROM - BD-ROM 4X, DVD-ROM 8X, CD-ROM 32X, SATA
* TotalMedia Theatre 6 Blu-ray software

DVD Drive - Sony AD-7240S-0B Optiarc
* DVDRW Drive - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, SATA



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:56 PM

Very very nice. :emotion-21: :emotion-21:

One of those(maybe not as nice) is on my to have list. My computer genius buddy has in mind a nice build for me for about $400.00. I think after Christmas I will commission him to build it.

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 06:15 PM

I want to build one as well, but I think I will build a server first something that starts with 2-3 terabits but expandable up to 16 terabits. I will be loading all my movies and music, photos, etc. But will be accessible from all computers, and video displays.

That is a very nice case, how is the quality of the blu ray player. Some recommend a stand alone blu ray player.


Edited by duder1982, 24 November 2013 - 06:19 PM.


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 06:42 PM

Very nice build. I just but a PC for graphic and website design. Never built one as a HTPC. As with most things in life, you save a ton if you can DIY. Congrats

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 06:48 PM

That is a very nice case, how is the quality of the blu ray player. Some recommend a stand alone blu ray player

Yes I really like the quality build of this case, inside and out it is exceptional quality, also 100% aluminum very thick and sturdy, thick extruded aluminum side panels. I think Origen AE made the best HTPC cases I've seen.

The Blu-ray quality is exceptional, much better than my stand alone player both for video and sound quality. Also it is very fast to play much quicker than the stand alone, I use TotalMedia Theatre 6 Blu-ray software and think it is the best, I've used Power DVD Blu-ray software but prefer TotalMedia Theatre.



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 09:28 PM

Thanks guys.

Youth I do web design too.



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 09:45 PM

Way cool bro! I've had my side business for the past 9 years. It's has paid for much of my audio collection, family vacations, and other fun stuff for the family.



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 10:20 PM

Yeah web design is a side business of mine also, I started back in 1999.



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 01:10 AM

you picked quality components and I really like that case. I have a salvage box that I have ubuntu on that i need more ram for than the 1 gig it has to make it a ghetto HTPC. Its more so for local music streaming and internet connection.



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 08:48 PM

Nice build. I really wish there were more sound card choices. But I have heard good things about your Asus card. Wish it was not so pricey


Edited by oldred, 25 November 2013 - 08:50 PM.