Hey folks, we need more project logs!
Here is the start of my HTPC project-
-Watch computer recorded movies
-Backup Audio CD's
-Play Internet Radio
-Record from Cable Box
-Control Home Automation/Security
-Burn CD's / DVD's
-Store family photo's / Display photos
-Home File Server
-AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.2Ghz with Cool'n'Quiet
-Gigabyte K8N Pro
-1GB PC3200 DDR
-ATI Radeon 9600 128MB Graphics Card
-ATI TV Wonder
-Broadcom 802.11G Wireless NIC
-200GB Maxtor 7200RPM IDE Harddrive
-200GB Maxtor 7200RPM IDE Harddrive (2nd Drive)
-80GB Western Digital 7200RPM IDE Harddrive
-Pioneer 120S Slot Load 16X DVD Drive
-Pioneer DVR-108 Dual Layer DVD Burner
-8-in-1 Media Card Reader
-AMS G-Mono Mid Tower Case
-300-watt Clever Power Silent PSU
-Zalman Flower Heatsink
-Gyration Ultra GT wireless keyboard and mouse
I won the Gigabyte K8N-Pro motherboard at QuakeCon '04, but it end up being a perfect motherboard for a HTPC/Server. It has 4 IDE connections, and 2 SATA connections, for a total of 6 drives. It also has Gigabit LAN, and sound card with optical output.
I choose the Clever Power power supply as it is nearly totally silent and has four extra power sockets that I can utilize for other home theatre devices.
The AMD G-Mono case was used as it's beautiful silver paint job matches my TV, it's Plexiglas faceplate is easy to customize, and it only costs $40.
A custom laser cut faceplate was created to match the existing faceplate.
On the rear of the PC you can see the power supply with it's extra power plugs. The stamped fan grills were removed, and quieter rounded wire grills were installed.
The entire PC only requires only four external connections: Power, DVI Video, Optical Audio, and USB to the wireless Gyration Receiver.
To make the entire PC run dead silent a AMD exclusive processor feature called Cool'n'Quiet is essential. Cool'n'Quiet allows the 2.2GHz CPU to run at a few different speeds and voltages, down to 800Mhz when Idle. Akasa sound deadening material was also installed to add an extra layer of sound isolation.
At idle the system specs are:
-CPU Speed: 800Mhz
-CPU Temperature: 38C
-CPU Fan Speed: 1140 RPM
-Case Temperature: 25C
-Case Fan Speed: 1300RPM
-WD Harddrive: 46C
-Maxtor Harddrives: 40C
The case airflow was improved by cutting a faceplate that allows air to be pulled into the case across the two heat generating 200GB harddrives.
One of the greatest things about having a DVD burner is backing up your DVDs. (No comment on the movie please)
In this case I am taking one of my oldest DVDs that has started to crack in the center, plus the DVD is a double-sided disk with a tiny center label.
Since I don't need the "Full Screen" side, I can make a copy of the Wide Screen side of the disk, and make a better looking DVD with a full label.
I used a program called DVD Shrink that can shrink a full sized DVD onto a single layer DVD. I could also of course make an exact copy by using more expensive Dual-Layer DVD Disks.
Here is the HTPC at home in my living room.
The Gyration mouse and keyboard allow me to use it from across the room.
The PC is connected directly to the TV using a DVI to HDMI adapter. The Sound card is connected directly to the surround sound system using an optical cable.
This PC is so quiet that the harddrive in my Time Warner HDTV DVR is louder.
In case you are wondering the HDTV is a Samsung 47", the surround sound is also a Samsung 600-watt with a 5-disk DVD changer.
I ordered a $12 Black and White camera from www.supercircuits.com
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I also am trying to decide on what color of lights to make the PC (Blue or Green)
I know Blue is overdone, but the surround sound has blue lights, and it would match that way.
I also trying to decide what to etch into the large side window, and the front of the case.
Currently my plan is simply a large AMD logo one the side, and I have no idea for the front.
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