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Can i Recycle these parts/rig as an HTPC?

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 4:00:47 PM

Hey everyone, i've been going through the forum thread but i couldn't find a definite answer.

Everyone on the forums are having a go at building a new HTPC

my question is, can i use this rig of mine as a HTPC?

Specs:

Intel E4300 @ stock
Intel DG965RY mobo
Transcend DDR2 2GB 800+
WD 320 GB HDD
HP DVD+/-RW w/litescribe Optical drive
XFX 8600GT Fatal1ty Passive cooled edition (DDR3 256MB)

or if its worth just chucking out of my house?

I'm asking this since my new gaming rig arrives in a few days

Rig:
Asus Maximus III Formula
Intel i5-750
OCZ XMP 4GB DDR3 ram
xfx ati 4850
WD 1TB+2x500GB HDD in raid 0

i'm also open to adding a few parts (soundcard?) if its worth salvaging?

thanks

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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 4:46:14 PM

E4300 and DG965RY, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD and 8600GT have the makings of decent HTPC.
Just need to be sure you get video to your TV (DVI?) and sound to your audio receiver or speakers.
What audio/video items do you need to have the HTPC-elect work with?
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 5:00:27 PM

UM, i dunno...i'm a movieholic (if such a word exists) watch every sort fo movie. I doint own a hometheater system yet...but i can take on suggestions, save up and bingo!

I currently own a 43" (Normal) Panasonic projector Tv (it has the legacy video/audio in jacks as well as s-video in) which'll plug into the card via the s-video cable. But the old tv is making way for an LCD TV, hopefully a Sharp Aqeous 32" - 42" (i need help on that as well, choosing a good maker). My room is actually rectangular so plan on using the DTS to full effect...

I'v been following your progress WR2, brilliant job here on the forums!

So here's what i'll need further suggestions in:

HTPC case
Hometheatre system/reciever for a good price (remmember, will pay more IF its worth more)

anything extra i'll ned apart from the H/W?

thanks for the quick reply!
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 6:58:39 PM

Lutfij said:
So here's what i'll need further suggestions in:

HTPC case
Hometheatre system/reciever for a good price (remmember, will pay more IF its worth more)

anything extra i'll ned apart from the H/W?
Don't forget a good remote, a wireless keyboard with a trackball/trackpad, and software.

On the software side, there are a lot of freebies. But if you advance to blu-rays then you'll need to spend some money. Don't worry about BD until you get a proper HDTV though.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 7:16:16 PM

Hmmm, i was looking up some gear from IOGEAR but i don't know abt remotes and a HTPC case, if anyone is refferring to buy online polease state Uk sites or amazon.co.uk :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 7:37:02 PM

Cases are a subjective matter. What are you looking for?

Size (low profile, depth)?
Colour?
Do you want it to look like A/V equipment?
Front panel display?
Built-in IR receiver?
Absolute budget?
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 9:18:21 PM

size, i dunno atx form factor
color , black
yeah, it'd be a bonus in my room
Front panel displays are good
ofcourse an ir reciever
cant splash too much cash....100 pounds max
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 9:35:34 PM

We actually just use a wireless keyboard/mouse. I haven't bothered with any remotes or interfaces that would use them.

Also, the cooler master elite 360 fits that for a case. I got it pretty cheap at microcenter.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 11:15:07 PM

I'll suggest the Thermaltake Bach VB8001SNS £99.95


There's a black version of the Bach (VB8000BNS), but it's hard to find in the UK.

A good selection of HTPC cases in Europe can be found at www.caseking.de so check them out.

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 6:56:14 AM

hey, what about this

Will the remote work with windows 7, and how does it work in conjunction to my H/W?

Would i need an additional soundcard? I have an onboard intel HD compliant audio chip. Supports 5.1 channel
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 4:02:03 PM

Product not found. And I don't think you'd need a soundcard.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 4:04:50 PM

That looks like a very nice case. Your link was broken though, I assume you meant this case. £129.25


All of these Thermaltake cases use a Soundgraph iMon display (my case has an iMon display too). With the remote, you will be able to power on from a complete off state and the remote will control Windows 7 Media Center perfectly. It works by connecting to a free USB header on your motherboard and has a 24-pin power bridge that supplies power to the IR receiver during a completely off state.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 4:08:00 PM

With the LCD iMon displays, there are a lot of threads about people unhappy with the contrast. Read here to see what the problem is. Soundgraph has made available some filters that are supposed to make the display more readable. For sale here. You can see how the filters look on the iMon display and read more about the issue here.

I just thought you should be aware of this if it's a deal-breaker for you.

Edit- Correction, the first cases I linked use an iMon VFD display, only the last case uses the iMon LCD display that some people complain about.

Edit #2 - In this review, you can see what the LCD display on that last case looks like without the filter.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 5:55:32 PM

sorry about the dead link, thoug i was comparing the address...it had a / at the end... :p 
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All of these Thermaltake cases use a Soundgraph iMon display (my case has an iMon display too). With the remote, you will be able to power on from a complete off state and the remote will control Windows 7 Media Center perfectly. It works by connecting to a free USB header on your motherboard and has a 24-pin power bridge that supplies power to the IR receiver during a completely off state.


Wow, thas cool to know! Having a read at the second link now...LOL T_T the reviewer used an E4300 !!! YIPPPEEEE, here i was thinking of saving up some cash and getting some H/W along with the case. Will i have an issue with xfx 8600GT passive coolers clearance in the HD101?
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 8:55:51 PM

Read the review(must say...awesome guide/test/review), and have checked up on the other sites you've posted...do soundgraph ship to uk or overseas?

I just remembered about a review Tom's carried out, for H55 mobo's

i was wondering if i should splash some cash on a core i3-530, Gigabyte H55M-USB3 with 2 GB of ram(of your choice) * if its needed...otherwise i could use the old parts :)  and spend more on geting HTPC peripherals :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 10:02:21 PM

Stop suggesting buying the main stuff, it would be a waste of money. And if you wanted to do it anyway, an AMD solution would be cheaper/better anyway.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 10:29:03 PM

SIR!YES SIR!! :D 

relax bro, was just asking. Your name suggests your a member of the KGB interrogation squad...popping up with one line answers.

Sorry, looking into amd for another build.

@ rwpritchett - i dug this forum up and thought i'd share it with you guys
http://www.missingremote.com/index.php?option=com_smf&I...

i could invest in a reciever/audio/home theatre system. Any thoughts?
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2010 1:09:52 PM

Best answer selected by Lutfij.
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2012 6:05:36 AM

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