Ongoing My firts HTPC (1 Viewer)

elsynek

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Hi all, What you thinks about my HTPC setup. Everything will be delivered to me tomorrow :) :

CASE: Silverstone Gradia GD06B
MOTHERBOARD: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35
CPU: AMD A6 5400K Black Edition
HDD: 64GB SanDisk Pulse 2.5" SSD SATA III
2TB WD WD20EARX Caviar Green Quiet SATA 6Gb/s
MEMORY: 8GB (2x4GB) Crosair DDR3 XMS3 PC3-12800(1600)
POWER: 500W Crosair CMX Hybrid Modular 80Plus Bronze, SLI/CrossFire

TV: Panasonic 42" GT20
SOFTWARE: Mediaportal 1.3 with StreamedMP skin
REMOTE: Samsung Glaxy S3 with aMPdroid

Hoepfully all will be up and runing tomorrow so I can upload some photos :)

HDMI port on the motherboard gone, sending back to suplier , waiting for replecment :(
 
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geoffstewart

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    Do post some pics...

    I like the Silverstone cases, too. I don't have one yet, but will likely go that direction when I do a rebuild at some point.

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    I must caution against using these "green" HDDs for HTPCs. To reduce power usage they will occasionally go into a slower-performance (low RPM) state. This can cause problems with recording or time-shifting live TV, since that requires a large amount of data transfer on the fly. But if you're not using your HTPC for TV then there shouldn't be a problem.

    Personally I use a WD Caviar Black and it can time-shift a 1080i channel while simultaneously recording a second 1080i channel and the drive barely breaks a sweat.
     

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    Hi.
    I must caution against using these "green" HDDs for HTPCs.
    Green HDD are fast enough to do lots of recordings at the same time. (lately I had 5 HD recordings simultaneous on an older WD Caviar Green 500 GB HDD). The buffering is good enough. And with 8GB of RAM timeshift should go to a RAM Disk (as this is much more critical regarding timing) so this is on the fastest drive you can imagine...

    MEMORY: 8GB (2x4GB) Crosair DDR3 XMS3 PC3-12800(1600)
    BTW I did have exact the same RAM with the same amount in my TV Server...

    POWER: 500W Crosair CMX Hybrid Modular 80Plus Bronze, SLI/CrossFire
    Also AMD CPU in average need more power than Intel CPU, there is no need at all for such a monster of Power Supply.
    No HTPC needs more than a 300 Watt PS. An Average 300 Watt 80+ is better (more efficient) than an 500 Watt 80+ Silver if Power consumption is lower than 100 Watt.
    An PicoPSU would be enough, but depends a lot on the quality of the power adapter you use. Best will be an 200 Watt 80+ PS like XILENCE SFX Series, 200 Watt 3.21 80PLUS or Fortron FSP200-50GSV 200 Watt 80+ Bronze. Both are SFX form factor but can be used with an adapter plate like a normal ATX PS.
     

    elsynek

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    Actually im not using htpc for tv. This set i already working at my living room :) i will upload some photos on Sunday
    At the moment still setting up a mediaportal. Thanks for all advices.
     

    elsynek

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    SO time for some pictures:

    INSIDE:


    SIDES:

    Only left fan connected as intake and set for aprox 800RPM


    This one is blowing hot air out from case and is working on full RPM (I can control only 1 SysFan)

    Front:
    SSD drive on top hot swap socket and WD green drive on the bottom one.


    Readings from MSI Control Centre:


    CPU FAN Settings:
    settings

    SysFan 1 (out take) settings


    My Media corner :)










    And movie of my MediaPortal
     
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