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  1. Gliese 581c

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    hi all, could you paste your hcpc spec, im very interested in what you guys have, if you want to put a short reason why you chose the spec you have that would be appreciated too. :smashin:
     
  2. zAndy1

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    Ok...
    Intel P4 2.8Ghz 800FSB (as does Hidef)
    Abit IC7 motherboard (no particular reason)
    512MB Corsair PC3200 RAM (again no particular reason, just good ram)
    Sapphire Radeon 9600 (as fanless i.e. quiet and good for dvd playback)
    Accent HTPC case (HT100, black with VFD) with Antec 380W PSU
    Maudio revolution 7.1 soundcard (as better quality than the Audigy2 and not too expensive either)
    NEC 2500a DVD Writer (was using a Pioneer DVD Rom but when I went to the Accent case I could only have 1 drive and needed a writer so the NEC won)
    Zalman AlCu cooler (quiet)
    PB TV100 capture card (cheap and not bad quality)
    Tecnisat Skystar 2 - for DVB , was using for Euro1080 but now not really using it
    Windows 2000 Professional, Theatertek, Xlobby frontend software

    And that's it basically.. main thing was getting a spec that would do hidef as I don't think it's worth having a HTPC if you can't use it to do hidef, that's one of the main advantages of it!
     
  3. UrbanT

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    Heres my recently built effort:

    Antec Sonata case (black, don't need hifi looking case, availability of internal soundproofing pack which is also fitted)
    MSI K8T Neo (fanless motherboard so no noise)
    Athlon 64 3200 (for hidef material, and fitted with Zalman ALCU cooler)
    ATI 9800 pro (want to play games as well. This is fitted with a Zalman heat pipe cooler to keep it quiet)
    1GB Corsair 3200 memory (good quality)
    Silenx 400 watt PSU (expensive but amazingly effective)
    All sound piped out to Tag through motherboards sp/dif socket
    Asus DVD Rom
    Sweetspot Capture card (for RGB Sky input)
    Gyration mouse and keyboard (invaluable)

    So far, its been faultless and a pleasure to use :)
     
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    ATC Coolermaster case(chosen as it looks like a decent piece of Hifi!)
    AMD Athlon 1.8GHz+ Zalman Flower cooler...very quiet
    256Mb Ram
    ATI Radeon(one of the cheapies as I don't require it for video processing)
    Sigma X-Card for output to RPTV
    Liteon DVD-Rom..virtually silent on DVD read.
    250Gb Maxtor HDD...pretty quiet
    SP/DIF out via Prodigy 192 soundcard to upsampler and TAG AV32R
    Gyration keyboard and mouse.
    All courtesy of Phil Hale at UVEM...superb service and quality...running for over a year now with no problems at all.
     
  5. The Dude

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    'Joshua'

    Accent HT201 case ( perfect visual match for my Aaron amps and very quiet )
    Antec Trupower 480W ( excellent electrically, but could be quieter )
    Athlon 2800 barton ( dirt cheap and capable )
    Asus A7N8x ( fanless and good quality )
    2 x 1gb Crucial PC3200 ( used Crucial for years and never had a bad stick )
    3 x 200gb Seagate Barracuda ( <50p per gig and very quiet )
    Sony DRU 18 DVD Re-Writer ( It's Silver )
    Scythe Kamakaze CPU cooler ( totally silent )
    2 x 80mm Vantec case fans ( totally silent )
    Nebula DigiTV ( just awesome )
    MAudio 2496 Soundcard ( excellent quality, all sound through SPDIF using Mark Grant breakout cable )
    3dConnect Radeon 9600pro ( fanless and cheap )

    Just need a better ( quieter ) PSU... Looks like SilenX is on the shopping list.. :rolleyes:
     
  6. owain_thomas

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    CPU P4 3GHz, 800FSB (not a prescott)

    MB ASUS P4P800-VM - best micro ATX board I could find, plenty of features, reliable, stable.

    Memory Corsair Dual XMS 1024MB - super high quality, probably overkill for basic DVD/DivX watching but plenty of headroom, again very reliable

    GFX Sapphire 9600SE - fanless, cheap. unfortunately suffers with tearing on ffdshow enhanced VMR9 DVDs/DivXs, if my display was bigger (PJ instead of TV) I'd probably go with a 9800 and a silent cooler but this would cost a lot more.

    Sound MAudio Revolution - excellent quality, good features, bass management, easy to use, very reasonable price (less than £75)

    DTT Nebula -the only choice for DTT, truly great customer support

    TV capture toss up between flyvideo 2000 and a hauppauge pvr 250 atm, I've got both but neither seems quite right, PVR250 does effortless realtime encoding but has an incredibly annoying 2sec lag between live and viewed pictures - hideous to use with a Sky STB. The flyvideo is much better quality but I've not yet found suitable, reliable software to run it, looking forward to the new meedio release next month.

    DVD Pioneer A07 8x DVD-RW - a pointless waste, I'm sure I'll never burn a DVD from the HCPC and it can't be quietened with drive speed or any similar, if I was doing things again I'd get a simple cheap DVDROM and make sure it was speed limitable. Still don't know which one I would get though.

    PSU SilenX 400w - the only choice if you want a truly silent PSU, can't say enough good things about it really, costly (£99 delivered) but worth it.

    Case Strata 390M - a truly beautiful case, well made (and then some), great looking, easy to setup, properly looks the part of a high end piece of AV kit. Again not cheap (£290) but worth it.

    Cooler Zalman 7000Cu - does the job, silent in operation, fits fine in the case and on the MB

    HD Seagate Barracuda IV 40GB - £40 from ebay, replaced 2 samsung spinpoints which were just far too noisy. Does have some seek noise but no whine at idle which suits me just fine :)

    Software XP Pro, myHTPC, Zoomplayer with Sonic decoders and FFDshow, Monkeys lossless audio, Foobar2000, media player classic, Girder - just waiting for the successor to myHTPC (meedio) to be released which seems very promising, foobar and zoomplayer seem to be the best way to get the highest quality audio/video performance and are both cheap/free.

    HTH
    Owain
     
  7. Gliese 581c

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    Thanks guys so far..appreciated :)

    Keep em coming, I'm putting together a nice little hcpc with all the info.
    Someone out there with a holo3dgraph system ?
     
  8. Ajax

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    Hi guys heres my effort,

    P4 3.0 1024Kb S478 800FSB
    ASUS P4R800-V Deluxe Motherboard
    512MB Crucial PC3200 DDR RAM
    Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 256Mb
    Samsung DVD Player
    Silverstone SST-TJ01 Black Case
    480W Tagan TG480-U01 PSU
    Zalman 7000ACu Copper CPU Cooler
    Deskstar 7K250 250GB UDMA100 HDD
    Gyration Ultra Suite Mouse and Keyboard
    ATI Remote Wonder
    Zoomplayer, FFDshow, AC3filter, Sonic Video Codec, Reclock, Powerstrip.

    Having fun tweaking it at the mo' :thumbsup:

    Ajax.
     
  9. Iain Shields

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    Hi mate,

    I've also got a Sonata case but have been having trouble in locating any info on the internal soundproofing pack for it, would you mind telling me how effective it actually is in the case at further reducing the noise output and if possible give a link or two of places that sell it... thanks mate :smashin:

    Sorry for side tracking the thread for a bit there folks :blush:

    Regards,
    Iain.
     
  10. UrbanT

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    Hi Iain

    I bought it from www.overclockers.co.uk, I think it was around £30. It was easy to fit although the case must be completely empty, and you must install it in the right order.

    To be honest, I installed the kit before building the PC, so I don't have a before/after comparison, but the PC is very quiet. However, I do believe this is more due to the quality of components such as the Silenx PSU, than the soundproofing kit. Hope that helps :)
     
  11. Iain Shields

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    Thanks mate, I'm still a bit undecided weather it would be worth the hassle of ripping everything out to get it in :rolleyes:

    Besides, I'm not sure if it would do much against a surprisingly loud northbridge fan, and an even louder 9800pro, not the best items to have in a PC you would like to evolve into a HCPC... :suicide:

    Regards,
    Iain.
     
  12. UrbanT

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    I definitely wouldn't bother as the kit will not quieten fans by a great deal. I would spend the money on the Zalman heatpipe and fan for the 9800pro (I use it on mine to great effect), as well as a passive cooler for the motherboard, eliminating that noise completely.
     
  13. Iain Shields

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    I have to admit though I get very worried messing around with the bits in my pc, I can plug stuff in as good as the next man but when it comes to modifying those bits I chicken out :D

    How easy was it to get the Zalman heatpipe and fan for the 9800pro fitted and did you have any problems?
     
  14. UrbanT

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    To be honest, this is the first time I have had to modify anything PC related.

    I'm just about the clumsiest person I know, with big shovel hands. I was nervous, but didn't have any one else to do it for me. :)

    The hardest part was the removal of the existing fan. If you look at your card, its held on with 2 plugs. Once this is off, the rest is plain sailing. Take your time, follow the instructions carefully, and its easier than it looks. I also used a video review of the product from here http://www.3dgameman.com/vr/zalman/hp_80a_vga_heatpipe/video_review.html

    This gave me the confidence to have a go, and the reviewer uses an ATI card so you can watch what he does and copy it. It has been well worth the effort, because even with the optional fan (I would suggest using it on a 9800 pro), its virtually silent.
     
  15. Iain Shields

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    Thanks a lot mate I think I'll give it a go, that video sounds like a good idea.... I've got small hands anyway so it shouldn't be too much bother :D

    Thanks again :smashin:

    Regards,
    Iain.
     
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    anyone else ?
     

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