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Excited to finally get my HTPC going. For awhile now I've been using my personal/gaming desktop (which is 2 years old already) for the whole family and now I can start my build. Ill be receiving the last of the parts today

The current machine had:

Zalman Z11 Case
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H
Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge
Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (4 x 4GB)
ATI TV Wonder HD 650 (moving to HTPC)
ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1
PNY XLR8 GEFORCE GTX 560TI
6 - 120mm fans
2 - 80mm fans
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
2 - Seagate 1tb hdd (moving to HTPC)
1 - WD Green 1.5 hdd (moving to HTPC)
1 - WD 250gb hdd


New HTPC:

NZXT Source 210 Elite (This case has room for 8 hdd)
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 (This board has room for 8 sata connections)
Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge
16Gb (4 x 4Gb) of some 1333 no name memory
Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650
Gigabyte Nvidia GT 520
ATI TV Wonder HD 650
4 - 120mm fans
2 - Seagate 1tb hdd
1 - WD Green 1.5 hdd
4 - Seagate 750GB hdd (1 will be the system drive untill I can get a SSD)
ASUS Black 12X BD-R

What do you all think about the HTPC?
Whats your opinions?
Do you guys think I should use DriveBender DrivePool or go Raid? or what?

Also i use the lenovo n5902 and a lenovo n5901

I use the n5901 downstairs with the 60" ( only because the kids are always walking around with it and its the older one

I use the n5902 upstairs with my Hp dv6 17" hooked up to a ViewSonic PJD6251 pushing 1080p (hopefully i can get the 3d glasses soon and try that out)

I prefer the N5902 over the first gen, you can actually feel the quality on it. and it is a awesome Media Keypad

Ive wired my two upstairs room with some Cat5 hooked to a switch, and have all my drives mapped from the downstairs computer. the other room has some older dell which i put a better graphics card in ASUS EAH4350 on some 37" tv

I prefer windows media center over xmbc just for the ease of us. It found my Tv tuner right away and ive added the Recorded TV HD Which lets you use all codecs for my Tv Series I have. Also i use the Shark 007 codec pack.

Anyone use other media programs that combines everything nicely like xmbc or boxee?

The only thing i had to buy was the motherboard the case and psu i had a i7 2600 laying around that i got as a payment for some work i did along with the memory and all the hdd's
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An i7 is a touch overkill for a HTPC... But mine has an i7 920 so I'm somewhat of a hypocrite but I also use it for gaming (its has a silenced gtx 480 in it too).

Try mythtv as you can have multiple front ends and back ends which can all record onto each other drives as well as perform load sharing between the available drives. xmbc can access these and play the content too

I wouldn't bother with raid or anything like that as if you run into trouble and have to format the drive its a right pain in your side as it'll almost alway end up being the largest partition so to copy the data off requires a sizeable effort. Plus for media you don't need the performance and don't get any benefit other than a large single partition which you can achieve the same results via other means.
 
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Overkill yes , but you had most of the parts .
You could go with a lower wattage power supply . This one is a personal preference : I would have bought a htpc case .
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WEll it might be overkill for now, but i did have the parts so i used em. the psuy is fine, running all those drives and im trying to score a better card for my other rig and throw my 560ti in this one so i can do some light gaming. at the same time its the lowest powered psu i could find that had 8 sata power connections for all my drives at a decent price.
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scored2 120gb ssd kingston v+200 and will be installing one, now i wont be bothered turning on and off the pc like before. I absolutely hate the boot times
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Well, this is OCN, where overkills are the minimum specs. If not, look at my own HTPC tongue.gif

It is indeed looking good. If you decide not to go with the 560 ti, you can even save a bit more power by using the IGP. It isn't bad at all for HTPC functions, but it does suck big time for gaming.
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Well i want to do some light gaming on it,i think the minnimum would be a 560ti only because im trying to push it to a 60" at least for med to high settings. I can do high settings getting around 55-60 fps in battlefield 3 on it now
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CORSAIR Vengeance  Kingston v+200 Kingston v+200 Kingston v+200 
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Kingston v+200 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung UN32EH5000 Logitech K360 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Hive 650 Zalman Z11 Microsoft 2000 DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL 
AudioOther
ALTEC LANSING FX3022  Razer Nostromo 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 3470 ASRock Z77 Professional-M LGA 1155 ASUS GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 ASUS GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
8gb Ballistix sport 1600 kingston v+200 120GB kingston v+200 120GBb kingston v+200 120GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
kingston v+200 120GB Western Digital WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Corsair h60 LEPA VORTEX 12 PWM (LPVX12P) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
LEPA VORTEX 12 PWM (LPVX12P) LEPA VORTEX 12 PWM (LPVX12P) LEPA VORTEX 12 PWM (LPVX12P) LEPA VORTEX 12 PWM (LPVX12P) 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
LEPA VORTEX 12 PWM (LPVX12P) Windwos 7 Ultimate Samsung UN32EH5000 Logitech K360 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
rosewill hive 650 Corsair carbide 500r Microsoft 2000 Altec Lansing FX3022 
OtherOther
Evercool HD-AR-RBK Vantec EZ Swap F4 MRK-425ST-BK 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600 asrock z77 pro4 nvidia gt 520 Hynix DDR3-1333 PC3-10600 240 pin 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston v+200 Seagate  Seagate WD Caviar Green  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD Caviar Black WD Caviar Black WD Caviar Black WD Caviar Black 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate Sharp Aquous 60" Rosewill Hive 650 NZXT Source 210 Elite 
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