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So, my other build is temporarily halted while I wait on a new board. See here:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-build-logs/1115640-corsair-400r-asus-p8z68-v-2500k.html#post14911405

So I have moved on to Build 2, which is taking my older parts (with a few new) and making my first HTPC.

Here is the parts list:

Antec Solo case
Seasonic S12 Bronze PSU (new)
Asus P5WDH Deluxe board
Core 2 Duo e6750
OCZ ram - 4gb
WD Caviar Black 250gb
WD Caviar Black 320gb (not hooked up yet, but will go in)
Asus Blu/Combo drive (new)
HIS 6570 Silent 1gb video card (fanless) (new)
CPU HSF...a Tuniq, maybe? It's 4 years old...I don't remember.
Rosewill MCE Remote/IR receiver
Lenovo n5902 multimedia keyboard (on order - succumbed to the weekend discount code - $42.69 shipped)

So, most of these parts made up my previous desktop system which was built in August 2007. The new parts are a power supply, Blu-ray drive, video card, and remote/keyboards.

A few pics and notes to come in the next post.
    
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So, the process started off well. Since the board was already in the Antec case, I didn't have to mount the board. However, I did have to clean and remount the CPU HSF since I had been forced to remove it to get the former power supply out. (The Corsair HX520 that was in it was moved to my new build before I received my new PSU.)

So, the first thing that happened was to install the new PSU. The downside of the Seasonic is that it is not modular. But, the excess cables are stuffed into the 5.25 bays underneath the blu-ray drive. So no big deal.

I then had to clean the previous AS5 off the CPU and HSF. No big deal...used some of the AS cleaning solution (cleaner/purifier) and coffee filters and presto...they are cleaned. Used MX-4 this time and mounted the HSF.

Installed the HIS 6570...no drama here.

Hard drives...The reason for using the WD Caviar Black 250gb here is that...well, it was sitting around doing nothing, so why not? I had received it in December after having to RMA a dead 160gb Caviar to WD. Since a lot of my media will remain on my WHS, a 250gb (with the 320gb that was part of the previous build) will be plenty of space. And no sense buying drives just to buy drives.

So, hardware all in place I connected an HDMI cable to my Yamaha receiver and powered on. Yay! Posted immediately. Went into BIOS...set to defaults then changed boot order to CD first and set drives to AHCI mode and rebooted.

First error - CPU fan error. I verified that the fan was running. In the process I injured a finger and broke a blade off the fan. Not a good start. Washed the blood of my finger and bandaged it. Found the broken off piece of fan blade then restarted the system. CPU fan was now much louder due to the imbalance, so I shut down and borrowed one of the case fans as a temporary CPU fan. After googling about the fan error, I went back into BIOS and disabled the error message.
    
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So, after that...on to the OS install. Which started incredibly slowly...I was waiting 5-10 minutes for the wizard to begin and another 5-10 minutes to move on after that. So, back to google. Back to the BIOS to disable Legacy Floppy support. And the install went perfect after that.

Except that I forgot that I meant to setup a 60gb partition for the OS. And only remembered after I had activated and downloaded a LOT of updates and drivers. So, it was the "MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition" boot CD to the rescue. Worked perfect.

At this point I installed a couple of programs....Chrome, LastPass, utorrent, unzbin, etc. Also, installed the WHS Connector. And then I began to play with Media Center, which I have never done before. Ever. So, first thing I did was use the integrated Netflix support to connect...streamed an episode of Top Gear just fine. Next, I installed Haali Media Splitter and streamed a movie in MKV format from my WHS just fine.

So, we are up and functional!

The next things I have to do are install a BR playing software so I can play BR discs. I also need to install AnyDVD HD since I'll be doing my rips on this box instead of my desktop. Then I need to get Media Browser and Metabrowser (or alternatives) setup. But, I am off to a good start.

I also need to test/verify my sleep & wake functionality. I hope it works well. I did look in my manual to verify which USB port I should connect the IR receiver too for wake functionality, so I am crossing my fingers. I also need to program my Harmony remote so I don't have to use the separate MCE remote.

Anyway, here are a few pics:



For some reason, cables always look worse in pics than they do in real life?
Edited by texas_nightowl - 9/19/11 at 9:20am
    
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OK, sorry about that...decided to crop and resize the pics a little bit. Here we go again.

The broken fan:
IMG_2027.jpg

Inside the case - again, cables look better in real life:
IMG_2022-1.jpg

IMG_2042.jpg

IMG_2046.jpg

An episode of Top Gear displayed on 42" Panasonic plasma
IMG_2045.jpg
Edited by texas_nightowl - 9/19/11 at 9:32am
    
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Nice. I would get a TV tuner card also for DVR.

Now its time to clean up the cabling around the PC tongue.gif
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I did think about a tuner, but 1 - I only use antenna at the moment so only get the big 3 + Fox and PBS; and 2 - there are really only 3 or 4 shows I watch. So the ones I don't catch live it is very easy to download...usenet takes about 15 or 20 minutes. So I'm going to skip a tuner for the moment. It can always be added later.

And yes, the cabling around the PC, behind the speakers etc. is in very baaaad shape. But I may not do much with it until I get a UPS added to the area. We'll see.
Edited by texas_nightowl - 9/19/11 at 12:48pm
    
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