Asrock VisionX 420D (Haswell) based build

Discussion in 'Ongoing HTPC Projects' started by BillyTheFish, September 2, 2014.

  1. BillyTheFish

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    The Plan:
    Main MePo HTPC + MePo Server based on Asrock VisionX 420D (Haswell): Series (Haswell)/#Specifications
    in the sitting room.

    Audio in Sitting Room
    Once it's up and running, probably run it through a Yamaha RX-V1065 amp and Q-Acoustics satellite speakers plus BK Electronics XXLS400-DF subwoofer, which I have knocking around. Or via in-ceiling systemline speakers or both if possible.

    Maybe try and find an adapter to make the satellite speakers wireless if possible.

    NAS running FreeNas or Nas4Free in office/study serving music and films.

    MePo Client in bedroom.

    IPTV / Baby Monitor
    either running off a PC in the study or either the HTPC in the sitting room or in the bedroom (running off one of the HTPCs is probably preferable as they are lower-powered)

    AND try and work out a way to interface it all with an existing Systemline/Sonos music system.

    MUST all be relatively WAG-friendly
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  3. BillyTheFish

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    Main MePo HTPC + MePo Server
    First up, the main MePo HTPC / Server.

    It needs to be easy to use, have PVR functions, capable of playing music and capable of streaming films.

    TV - Existing Samsung Flatscreen, early LED TV. Note to self - persuade wife that 3D is the future.

    Main System
    Asrock VisionX 420D (Haswell) Series (Haswell)/#Specifications

    Why? It's small, is power-efficient, has an optical drive, is 3D Capable and looks great. Yes, I could have put something together in a small form factor case but I don't have much time free at the moment and so needed the system to be relatively off-the-shelf. Yes, it is relatively over-specc'd for a MePo HTPC but that means it's future-proof and means I can run the IPTV PVR software on it as well. I might also use it to push backups of various PCs/devices on the network to the NAS (not sure yet).

    TV Cards:
    2 x PCTV nanonStick 292e DVB-T2
    2 x PCTV DVB-S2
    Startech 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub

    Why? The PCTV sounds reliable as far as I can tell, 4 tuners for multi-recording/viewing/serving Freesat/Freeview. Hub because it means USB sticks are less likely to get knocked out of the back of the VisionX and all the 4 aerial cables can be hidden away behind the TV.

    I think I can fit two 2.5" SATA drives in the VisionX plus an mSATA if necessary. It comes with a 1TB HDD that I will take out and re-use.

    SSD, Crucial MX100 512GB = System, MePo, Applications, Recordings(?)

    SSD, recycled SSD from old HTPC (I think it's a 40GB Samsung) = Pagefile, Timeshifting, Temporary Files, Recordings(?)

    Why? The SSDs are more power-efficient, quieter and faster than the mechanical drive that came with the VisionX. I am recycling my old HTPC bits to be a study PC for web-browsing/word processing/etc and can use the mechanical HDD from the VisionX for that box and re-use the SSD in the Vision X. Putting the pagefile and timeshifting files onto the old SSD should (theoretically) speed things up a little and reduce wear on the newer SSD. I am not sure where to put recordings yet - I am leaning towards the new (higher capacity) SSD.

    I will try the one that came with the VisionX, use an old Logitech Harmony I have laying around or just use a small BT Keyboard.

    Why? I have them already and think I will actually prefer a keyboard as I might use the HTPC for occasional web browsing.

    System Software:
    Windows 8.1

    Why? It's newer and faster than Windows 7 and (as far as I can gather from the MePo forums) now works well with MePo.

    MePo Software:
    MePo 1.8

    Why? Do you need to ask? 1.8 until 1.9 final is released.

    MePo Plugins:
    To be added.

    Other Software:
    IPTV PVR software - not looked into yet.
  4. Peter2
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    If persuading your wife that 3D is the future to be able to buy a new TV set; I would like advice you not to use this as an argument.
    I have watched quite some people pay extra money for 3D features on new TV's and since:
    1) 3D was a commercial hype
    2) there is no standard for 3D
    3) the extra cost to create/transport 3D content will not make it mainstream (yet)
    4) the effect of 3D is mainly with back-front movements which is mainly suited for movies

    I have bought a 'basic' TV without paying any attention to the 3D capabilities because when/if it will become more mainstream, most likely this will be in some other way.

    Just my 2c.
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