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 Post subject: A perfectionist HTPC build, The PITA of Media
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 3:32 pm 
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Man oh man this took me months to complete, I'll write up the whole damn journey someday

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Intel E8200
ASUS p5Q pro
Gskill 2gb ram
Lite-ON DVD+-RW
WD 640GB BLACK
Anyware MCE Remote
Galaxy 9800gt (non reference)
Happage 1250
Linksys Wifi G
X-FI xtrememusic
ARK Black Aluminum / Steel HTPC 400BA Case
Coolermaster Silent pro M 600w

Heatsinks:
HR-01 4u
HR-03 r600
HR-05
HR-05 IFX SLI
HR-07 duo Low
HR-09 Type 2 X 2 qty
HR-09 Type 3
HR-11

Fans *updated*
Exhaust: Scythe KAZE JYU SLIM SY1012SL12L 100mm
Intake: San Ace 92mm 9S0912L401 - 5v mod
Exhaust: 135mm fan in PSU 800 - variable fan
GPU: San Ace 92mm 9S0912L401

Accessories:
Lamptron case damping foam
Lamptron PC silencing kit
Techflex non fray sleeving
Thermaltake sleeving
3m thermaltape
3m ceramic thermal pad
Krylon Black spray paint
Vespar Gold spray paint

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Months of planning before deciding on hardware to use for the build. Interior spray painted case. No Stock heat sinks anywhere. Custom spray painted gold I/o back side and pci parts. Black spray paint for some pci parts for black pcb.

Time to make this? Over a month.
How much I spent? Too embarrassing to say, you do the math.
Why it's called it PITA? It was PITA during installation, that's why.
More to come for images and updates. Subscribe people :)

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Due to extreme temperatures of the GPU in a Home theater cabinet under load, I had to scrap the whole passive GPU

In order to make room, I moved the Tv tuner card to a different location. In the images as you can see, the fan barely even fits when a HR-05 IFX sli is right next to it and the fan clips barely arced over the Wi-Fi card. I honestly think Thermalright made their IFXs too damn big, why discontinue the more compatible regular HR-05.


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 3:43 pm 
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That looks pretty tight dude.


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It's beautiful. Very slick looking case. 8)

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Very nice indeed. I really like the silver and black look, even if it does make the pics look a little dark.

A great combination of a lot of Thermalright heatsinks.

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Really nice system !! Beautiful looks. 8)

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Man, you really love the Thermalright stuff. They ought to hire you to make some computer's where they could show their stuff to audience and such. That is one beautiful computer. Just like your previous tower was ^^

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bodybuilding much?

btw, nice stuff, not sure about that psu, maybe with a better fan?


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silo wrote:
bodybuilding much?

btw, nice stuff, not sure about that psu, maybe with a better fan?


Sorry man, I cant find decent 135mm fans anywhere. I would have done that long ago. You shoulda check out SPCR's review on the unit, it has some right remarks on noise levels.


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This and the other thermalright case you made are very nice. Good job on this one. Now I have to go find a HR-03 GT for my 4850 for a good price since my HR-01 Plus is lonely.

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Elijah86 wrote:
This and the other thermalright case you made are very nice. Good job on this one. Now I have to go find a HR-03 GT for my 4850 for a good price since my HR-01 Plus is lonely.


Do yourself a favor and buy a HR-03 r600, you will save around $30 for a identical item. Don't worry, the precut die on the r600 heatsink fits fine on 4850 cores

http://www.svc.com/hr-03-r600.html


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IKIKUINTHENUTZ wrote:
Do yourself a favor and buy a HR-03 r600, you will save around $30 for a identical item. Don't worry, the precut die on the r600 heatsink fits fine on 4850 cores

http://www.svc.com/hr-03-r600.html


Thanks a lot! I will get that then. I had no idea that it would fit.

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Looks really well done, although I don't know if it's my monitor or your post-processing but all I can really see is inky blackness interspersed with shiny heatsinks!


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Pics won't show :( can;t wait to see the build loved the last one you did.


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new parts underway, and a new photo set up ;)


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logscool wrote:
Pics won't show :( can;t wait to see the build loved the last one you did.


Click quote, then try to copy and paste the image links to your web browser to see if that works


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 Post subject: wow
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That is quite possibly the neatest PC install I have ever seen.

Love the colour scheme btw.

Also love all the Thermalright stuff I think it looks very clean and neat and it must be pretty silent due to only haveing a couple of fans.

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Looks just lovely. I would loved to have built it myself if I would have the money.

But I got to ask about the temperatures. How are they? Hot but stable? Cool or Temperate?

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Magnificent! This is a beautiful rig. The pictures are great. Very, very nice. :D


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It might have been costly but the result is astonishing!
*goes to mop the drool off the floor*

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Shipment arrived :D

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You shot some AWESOME photos, I must say. Beautiful build; all black and shiny nickel. Too bad the images appear sporadicly...
I'll certainly keep an eye out for this thread!


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Well I am short on words today, but I can honestly say awesome job on the build and I am jealous as all hell.

I should post my build sometime in the gallery, once it all comes together.


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Unfortunate that passive is no more on gpu


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Maybe I should nominate you for the million-dollar-PC website. The cases posted there are just as slick as yours...


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That would be great but I don't think they will let me in because of my background image lol

I need to retake my images before attempt such thing but right now, I got a Statistics Math Final comming in 2 days that I need to worry about. It's more of a PITA compare to this build. lol


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Phew, my finals ended.

Now I have time to take new images


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New images Posted, Check the first post people!


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That is one sharp looking rig. I couldn't think of a single nitpicking remark.

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Good thing you posted less "artsy" pictures. It gives a good view of what's inside the case.

BTW, how does that backplate cooler work on your video card? It doesn't make contact with the chips heatspreader, so I don't think it really helps removing the heat...


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Xobim wrote:
Good thing you posted less "artsy" pictures. It gives a good view of what's inside the case.

BTW, how does that backplate cooler work on your video card? It doesn't make contact with the chips heatspreader, so I don't think it really helps removing the heat...


http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/ha ... eview.html
This review will explain it much better than I could. It help but not a whole lot when active cooling is there. If passive, then it becomes a different story.


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