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First Build ever for a HAPC (home automation PC)

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February 3, 2013 2:16:12 AM

Hello experts of this community.

To start off this is my first post so please be nice and I am just getting into building computers and all that is involved with it so please explain things in "idiot proof" terms or provide links to articles that explain what you are saying in easy terms. And thanks in advance to everyone's help.

Keep in mind that this is going to be installed in a house that is new construction so I can run wires and install anything else needed from the beginning wherever I want and need (as long as the husband doesn't mind).

My Goal: Build a PC that will basically run all my house needs hence the title HAPC lol :D 

included in my house needs: -First and foremost be an HTPC that will be connected to my Onkyo TX-NR717 reciever and a Sony VPL-VW95ES projector.

-Second: control our whole home audio which will be connected to a stereo amp and then a six zone switcher which will connect to the six separate zones in our house.

-Third: run our home automation needs such as be able to control our thermostats, lights, door locks, and garage door via a smart phone.

So what we have done so far is ran all the speaker wires to each zone, rg6 coax to each room, and cat6 ethernet to each room cause I want everything to be as hardwired as possible. And everything is ran into a large closet where all my AV gear is going to be put, so things such as noise and sex appeal are not an issue for me.
I have put together a basic PC so far with these compnents:

APU=AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D
Motherboard=MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
SSD=Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
RAM=G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)
Optical Drive=LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner
GPU cooler=COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
PS=CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE
Case=Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case
OS=Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
And I am running XBMC for my HTPC.

So for my questions and concerns:
1: I want to put my whole collection of BD's, DVD's, music and home videos on either several int. HDDs, or ext. HDDs or in a NAS setup. (or any other way you guys suggest) so what would be the best option for me, I already have roughly 6TB of stuff and will need room to add as we buy/make more movies. And I want to be able to access it on any android/IOS device and our smart TVs.

2: What software/hardware do I need to be able to access my music on our android phones/ipads to play in whatever room we are in at the moment.

3:Likewise the software/hardware needed to run the automation side of our home.
And is the PC that I currently have built powerful enough to support/handle all these activities?

4:What is the best way to set up any one of these projects (as far as software/hardware needed)

I should state that I am willing to spend money on whatever I need, I usually aim for the "best bang for your buck options" but if there is something where quality is essential I am fine with spending more money.
Preferred sites: newegg, amazon, or any reputable site.

Once again thanks for your help and sorry for the long post, but we a alot going on and NEED help!
February 3, 2013 2:22:25 AM

budget and need os and country of origins?

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February 3, 2013 2:37:49 AM

iceclock said:
budget and need os and country of origins?


The OS is Windows 7 64bit.
Country USA
Budget= this is a tuff one for me cause I am hoping I have most stuff purchased for my needs, minus the HDDs which I know I need, which I was just thinking of buying 4 to 5 internal 2-3tb drives since they can be had for anywhere between roughly $100-200 these days, so hopefully $500-800 max for the storage (but once again input is greatly appreciated on other/better options)
And as far as the budget goes for the rest of the stuff I have no idea what is needed but I dont want to spend any more than about $2000 bucks to set the rest of the stuff up.

And thanks for the prompt reply!!
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February 3, 2013 3:03:59 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bazt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bazt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bazt/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.12 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F2A85-M PRO Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone GD01B-MXR HTPC Case ($232.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 550W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1530.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 00:03 EST-0500)

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February 3, 2013 4:06:31 AM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bazt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bazt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bazt/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.12 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F2A85-M PRO Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone GD01B-MXR HTPC Case ($232.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 550W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1530.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 00:03 EST-0500)


So you are saying go with the internal drives for my storage? And to beef up my power supply?
Do you recommend any software for the whole home audio?
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February 3, 2013 2:50:01 PM

i dont know anything about software for audio tbh. just plug in and play i guess.

yes alot of internal drives would be quite useful instead of having a bunch of wires everywhere.

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February 3, 2013 7:34:26 PM

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February 3, 2013 7:36:04 PM

if u need more help. pm me :) 

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