I have been lurking SPCR for a long time now, and after making a dead silent home server that pretty much only serves music/movies and pictures.. I thought...
Wouldn't a HTPC be far better!?!
My girl and I shall be moving to a new place soon anyway so instead of having heaps of crap like a DVD recorder, FM tuner, Media Extender, BluRay player etc etc in our lounge, it seemed much more suitable to make a real nice HTPC running Vista Media Center... Bring on zombo...
Pentium 4 3.2ghz LGA775 (Soon to be upgraded to E5200)
Asus P5KPL-CM Motherboard
2x 1024mb DDR2-667, overclocked to DDR2-800 with 5-5-5-10 timings.
1x Western Digital Green Power 750gb, modded with AAM to silent
1x Western Digital Green Power 640gb, modded with AAM to silent
Asus 7600GS 256mb passive graphics card.
Creative Audigy 2 with SPDIF breakout box
High Power 420watt quiet PSU.
So I bought an Antec NSK2480B (BLACK!!)...
Took out the tricools and replaced with some 12L Arctic Cooling 120mm fans, very very silent, barley audible and rubber mounted! Sweet little things.
Also replaced the 380watt noisy 80mm powered "Earth Power" Antec PSU with my 420watt with a 120mm fan, removed the grill also, to make it even quieter
A few hours later, great success!! Yes EVERYTHING is wired up.. nice huh? Just all very sneakily hidden
I have modified the heatsink on my P5KPL-CM chipset as it seems to get quite hot, have epoxy welded another northbridge heatsink from a Gigabyte motherboard to the top of it, runs a LOT cooler!
I have also very carefully routed the two fan wires for the 120mm arctic's under the motherboard tray to hide the wires.
Well she's memtesting right now, passing no troubles, have to setup vista now!
In a fortnight I will be replacing the FlyTV Platnium (basically just in there for FM radio for now lol) with a Hauppauge HVR-3000 I think.. unless anyone has a better idea? Want to run DVB-T Terrestrial Freeview on it under Vista Media Center.
Will be replacing the P4 3.2 ( hot mother ) with a Intel Core2Duo E5200 or maybe even E8200.
Going to add a Blu-RAY/DVD Combo drive also, and in turn find a good graphics card maybe a nVidia 9400 would that suit? I basically need one with a passive cooler that is single slot, or a very quiet single slot fan'ed model otherwise I will have to find a pci-express TV tuner that also can do FM and DVB-T... hard to come by!