My First HTPC.....


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Hi all,

Not sure if there is already a thread for this type of Admin please move me if you want.

Been using AV forums now for a few years and found it very helpful so instead of asking a question this time thought i would post some information and pictures of what i have been doing........

So i have wanted to build a HTPC for a while now but didnt have the budget to build an all singing and dancing system.

My first issue was the case and when i found on ebay a dell slimline case for £12 brand new, yes it not the best looking of case but it's just the right size for what i need.......and when you can buy HTPC case's at over £500 just for the case!!! (Remember i have a small budget and the case can be replaced later down the line)



Had to cut out the back panel so the Mobo would fit in.......thought that was going to be a 5 min job but took me 1.5 to 2 hours :mad:


The hardware i used was as follows.....

Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H
AMD Dual Core Athlon 64 4850e 2.5GHz
Geil Black Dragon PC2-6400 800Mhz 4GB (2GB to start the Santa brought me another 2GB for Xmas:smashin:)
Samsung Spin Point F1 SATAII 320GB 16Mb Cache Hard Drive
Samsung Lightscribe S223Q - 22x DVD+/-/RW - 8x Dual Layer
Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler (which santa delivered on Xmas Day:smashin:)

All that lot cost me just over £200 :thumbsup:

As and when my bonuses pay out at work i will add/upgrade a few bits........

Will be getting a TV tuner card possibly a FreeSat one and will change the dvd drive for a BluRay one and then the case upgrade!!.


Anyway all seems to work so far.......i have got alot of my dvd's ripped on to a Synology DS108J nas unit which has a 1TB hdd in it and is hard wired to HTPC via a gigabit network switch and wireless router as this also services my desktop and laptop. I have done the reg hack to make Media centre see the TS files and play them. I have also done the MKV/MKA reg hack and installed FFDShow and Haali Media Splitter so that Media centre will play BluRay rips as i have a few of them also.

The system is connected to a Pioneer 427xd plasma and for sound it's connected to a Sony STR-DB930 and a set of Mission Cinema 7 Speaker. The dvd/blurays rips all play in 5.1 sound :thumbsup:

System runs nice and quite after replacing the side vent fan for a GELID Silent PWM fan and it's temps seem ok running at 30ish c idle 35ish while watching a film and about 42ish when encoding/rippin dvds.

Once i have upgraded the DVD to a BluRay will replace the amp to something with 7.1 True HD but that will be xmas pressy time again :thumbsdow


And for watching films at night i bought from the USA a proper backlight......back then the £ was alot stronger against the $ so didn't cost that much and it does make a big difference.

The pictures don't do it justice..............:mad:



Thanks for for looking at my post and if i can help anyone please ask and if there is anyone out there who wants to give me any advise or sugestions please do.



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Looks good. Case looks fine (especially for 12 quid) and as you say, it can always be upgraded later. What are you using to control it at the moment?


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At the mo i am using a full size wireless keyboard and mouse with a VMC x10 remote......this is not ideal sitting on the floor in front of the TV as the mouse doesnt work from the sofa :thumbsdow

But it's my birthday shortly and i have a Logitech Dinovo Mini on order:smashin:


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Got my Logitech dinovo mini which works perfectly straight out of the box........

Just a quick question......the dinovo mini uses a bluetooth connection but can i use the supplied bluetooth usb adaptor to connect any other blurtooth devices???

Can't seem to find anything in control panel that refers to bluetooth???


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