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I'm new to OCN and this will be my first build log. I'm currently in the process of moving and my new place is a little tight on space. With this in mind I will be evolving my aging desktop rig into an all in one gaming/htpc. I will provide benchmarking and my impressions of new components as I make upgrades.


Current Build

CPU: i7 930 @ 4.0 Ghz
Mobo: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
GPU: Sapphire 6950
Ram:
HDD: 32 GB SSD
Cooler: Corsair H100 w/ 2x GT-AP15 in push
Case: Cooler Master HAF X
PSU: Corsair AX750
Optical: 2x DVD Burner
Monitor: Auria 1440p
Mouse: Logitech G500
Keyboard: ABS M1 Mechanical


Upgrade Plans

Step 1: Integrate PC into home theater - Currently 2.1 (more detail later)
Step 2: Lap CPU - Because why not?
Step 3: Water cool CPU - Currently planning on this kit RayStorm D5 AX360 WaterCooling Kit
Step 4: Upgrade GPU and add to WC loop


Other Potential Upgrades

SSD - Going to wait on a deal for a Samsung 840 pro 256 GB
CPU - Waiting to see AMD's answer to Haswell
Monitor/TV - Since I will be downgrading from 1440p to 1080p might have to look into 4K
Home Theater - Add center and surrounds to get 5.1
Edited by EddyBear - 7/9/13 at 11:02am
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Reserved for pictures of current build. (I probably won't upload pictures until after I move and have something faster than 512k)
Edited by EddyBear - 7/9/13 at 10:29am
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Should be a good one! Subbed and in for the long run!
Psychosis
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FamilyHTPC
(17 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS X79-DELUXE EVGA GTX 980 Classified EVGA GTX 980 Classified 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB Cooler Master Nepton 240mm Windows 7 Pro 64-bit ASUS VE248H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell IN2020M WASD CODE MX Clears BeQuiet PowerZone 850W Phanteks Enthoo Pro 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G700s $3 Walmart thing Logitech S120 + subwoofer Kingston HyperX Cloud II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i3 3570K ASUS Z77-A MSI GTX 970 EVGA GTX 950 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.SKILL Ares 4x4GB 1600MHz Orange SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB [OS] Western Digital Caviar Black 4TB (WD4003FZEX) [... Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 HP dual pack 4xCorsair AF120 QE Windows 7 Pro 64bit 55" LG 1080p TV 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
TeamViewer Microsoft Keyboard 800 Antec TruePower Quattro 850W Cooler Master HAF 932 
Mouse
Microsoft Mouse 1000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon X3440 Asus P7H55-M DP MSI GTX 770 Lightning 4GB 1333MHz ASint Technology 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB Cooler Master TX3 Enough fans to keep it cool Currently Windows 7 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Soon to be Ubuntu 14.04 LTS again Dell IN2020M Teamviewer/Generic Bitfenix Fury 650G 
CaseMouse
Fractal Design Arc Mini Teamviewer/Generic 
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Psychosis
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FamilyHTPC
(17 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS X79-DELUXE EVGA GTX 980 Classified EVGA GTX 980 Classified 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB Cooler Master Nepton 240mm Windows 7 Pro 64-bit ASUS VE248H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell IN2020M WASD CODE MX Clears BeQuiet PowerZone 850W Phanteks Enthoo Pro 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G700s $3 Walmart thing Logitech S120 + subwoofer Kingston HyperX Cloud II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i3 3570K ASUS Z77-A MSI GTX 970 EVGA GTX 950 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.SKILL Ares 4x4GB 1600MHz Orange SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB [OS] Western Digital Caviar Black 4TB (WD4003FZEX) [... Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair SP120 HP dual pack 4xCorsair AF120 QE Windows 7 Pro 64bit 55" LG 1080p TV 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
TeamViewer Microsoft Keyboard 800 Antec TruePower Quattro 850W Cooler Master HAF 932 
Mouse
Microsoft Mouse 1000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon X3440 Asus P7H55-M DP MSI GTX 770 Lightning 4GB 1333MHz ASint Technology 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB Cooler Master TX3 Enough fans to keep it cool Currently Windows 7 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Soon to be Ubuntu 14.04 LTS again Dell IN2020M Teamviewer/Generic Bitfenix Fury 650G 
CaseMouse
Fractal Design Arc Mini Teamviewer/Generic 
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STEP 1

Installed a Pioneer BDR-208DBK bluray burner last night.

***Headscratcher Moment: After installing the Bluray burner I double checked the cables and realized that one of my old DVD burners had a power connector but no SATA. I counted my SATA cables and devices and then it struck me. I never really had any luck with 2 of the same DVD burners for whatever reason and I removed the SATA cable from one of them. This goes to show how long it has been since I worked on my computer.***

After installing XBMC and configuring it for BluRay playback I was eventually able to play Hot Fuzz. It admittedly took me longer than expected since I have no prior experience with XBMC or MakeMKV. I grabbed a spare HDMI cable and ran it to my Yamaha RX-V671 receiver. I extened my desktop and had to adjust my overscaling to 0% to make it take up the full screen on my Panasonic VIERA TC-P50U50. It still didn't quite fit right so I disconnected my monitor and rebooted and then it looked perfect! I then set HDMI audio as default and had sound from my pair of Emotiva XRM-6.1 Monitors and Klipsch RW-12d sub.

Initial Impressions:
The bluray burner did seem fairly quiet and was a very easy plug and play install.
I have a lot to learn about XBMC.

Things still to do at this step:
I already received my KBtalking Pro bluetooth mechanical keyboard. I got the black on black with Cherry MX reds. It is a very nice keyboard and I can't wait to try it more (I'm still lost when using it with Android).
I should be getting my Logitech G700s and Gigabyte GC-WB300D wifi and bluetooth PCIe card tonight.
This will put me very close to having my computer integrated into my home theater.

Final Impressions:
I will provide these after I move and actually start to live with my TV as my monitor.
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