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post #21 of 47
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Well last night I decided to make the final modifications to my HTPC case before the build can be finished. I collected some fans, fan adapters and my "beige" sata drive off a friend. While in Dublin I decided "wth" and bought some cat 6 cables from a tech store then got a netgear gigabit switch from PC world on the way home, i'll be using the HTPC as a fileserver so I might as well make use of the gigabit NIC's both of them have onboard. I also picked up a can of silver spray paint from B&Q's to deal with the beige sata drive issue.

The bezel removed 30 seconds after I got it out of the box


...and with the newly applied silver paint job, not too shabby if I do say so myself


cables and stuff I got today


netgear gigabit switch


to fit the 8cm to 12cm fan adapters I needed to cut the bottom out of the floppy tray


I also ran into another issue with the fan adapters not being able to fit beneath the drive bay. So a quick bit of dremeling and a room full of the smell of burning plastic later I had 2 modified to fit fan adapters


Here is both the 12cm fans (Antec Tricools from my P180b) in place


The motherboard tray in place, that is one tight fit...


... but it DOES fit, to my amazement. The clearance we are talking about here is about 1mm *huzzah* I had to use a flashlight on the other side of it to make sure it wasn't making contact because the gap was so small


another angle showing the clearance between the 8800 GTX and fans
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post #22 of 47
man that's cuttin it close
lookin great
im sure that better cooling is really gonna help
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post #23 of 47
Looks good, but I hope those parts aren't claustrophobic lol
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post #24 of 47
nice cut work should be one hell of a rig when your done just how are you going to mount the drives
    
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post #25 of 47
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Ok so the HTPC is pretty much finished now. Cabling was a ***** and a half. even on my parents HTPC which was in the smaller NSK1300 cabling was easier. But then I wasn't trying to fit in 2x12cm fans and an 8800GTX

I wasn't going to lap the CNPS8000 as it was already pretty flat (see pics on page 1), but when I said this to the wife whos going to be using the HTPC she was like "oh I see, you'll spend the time getting everything perfect for your machine, but for mine 'good enough' is acceptable"... lol, plus she wanted to see how the heatsink was lapped also. The whole process took no longer than 15 minutes as the heatsink as already pretty flat, and for some reason I think the copper used in this heatsink is softer than the copper in the IHS. It sanded down a lot more easily.

Here is picture of the dust I needed to remove


With it cleaned as much as possible. No shops here seem to be selling cans of compressed air anymore so I couldn't clean right in between the fins.


Lapped to 400grit


finished article


flatness test


The board after the wife installed the CPU and RAM


Picture showing the SB heatsink does not touch the graphics card, like everything in this case the clearance is tight, but there is clearance


Picture of mobo tray with everything installed. Included the iMon DT, personally my favourite thing about this rig
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post #26 of 47
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Side shot showing the wiring up of the iMon and mobo headers. The excess wiring is hidden under the mobo tray


Just a simple photo showing why I went for a modular PSU over a standard one. The pile of wires on the left are what I need for this machine, the pile on the right are what I don't. So glad I didn't have to find a space in the case to store all those unused PSU cables.


A good hour later, the PSU installed and hooked up, it took some time trying to think up the best way to route those power cables.


Rear shot of case, I pull tied an 80mm Papst fan over the slot that allows for the HDDs to be put into the case to give extra cooling


side shot showing all the cables tidied as good as possible


here ya go conzy, with all the "lids" on? Beside the case is the iMon remote.


LEDs on the front bezel


The PC booted up for the first time, everything seems fine. The CPU is idling in the BIOS at 28'c which is pretty good imo. I've yet to put in the fan controller so I had all the fans on high, and even at that the machine was still pretty quiet imo. Quieter than my friends Xbox 360 at least


The single handed greatest feature about this machine that i love is the iMon remote. It allows me to power on/off the PC from anywhere in the room, and as its RF it doesn't need any kind of line of sight. After years of having to always reach down or get up and go over to the PC to turn it on, its refreshing to just be able to sit down pick up a remote and start your PC and then browse through your photos and videos without having to use a keyboard or mouse. Of course i'll be using a keyboard and mouse with this PC, but its nice knowing I don't have to.

More to come later as I finish the setup of my main rig and install the fan controller and gigabit network
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post #27 of 47
It looks Grrrrrreat!
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post #28 of 47
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Originally Posted by gonX View Post
It looks Grrrrrreat!
had your frosties this morning did ya?
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post #29 of 47
looks kickass !!!
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post #30 of 47
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Ok well I just got the HTPC set up, all the network, audio and power block cables hidden under the carpet. I'm going to format the HTPC and install Vista 32bit as the main OS (I want to try out Lost Planet:Extreme Condition at DX10 ) I'll have XP also on their to save any headaches should Vista crap out on me on movie night or something.

Here are some pics of the setup, notice the great german layout keyboard, I managed to switch the letters around so they match the IE layout, but all the numbers and symbols are messed up. So if you know of any Germans looking for a good wireless keyboard and mouse set give me a shout

This is the set up. The resolution is set at 1080p, the text and icons are 2 small at this res for browsing and typing, so I usually have it at 720p for normal use. But when i'm watching movies or playing games I set it to 1080p. The remote has a handy button that allows you to automatically switch between your prefered resolutions. The more I use this iMon remote the more I love it. All the buttons are configurable and the Media Center program is leagues ahead of the one bundled with Vista and MCE.


This is the logitech keyboard, mouse and imon remote. The keyboard is super thin and the buttons are silent.


Close up of the TV and HT setup. Presently watching the Matrix again at 720p using MPC as the player (best media player ever, end of story)


This is my main rig setup. Will hopefully be adding a 1TB NAS and 24" screen to it in the next few months.


Also, for my wallpapers, I get them from http://interfacelift.com/. Great resource for HD and normal wallpapers.
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