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Nothing stunning? That wood case is gorgeous eek.gif
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New to the site, so this will be my first post.

I have always loved gaming on computers, but never actually owned a computer of my own. When I was 25 I got my first computer, it was a dell mini 9. It was great, I had my own computer. From there it spiraled out of control.

I spent all day looking at parts, case mods, water cooling and everything.

Since I didnt have the time to build my own gaming computer I decided to just buy one. I picked up a alienware m11xr1, it was a nice little 11 inch gaming netbook. Ran everything I wanted perfect. This is where my sickness went over the edge.

I picked up a few more alienwares over the next few months and realized, I had all these computers, but no htpc. So the search began for a alienware htpc. A few popped up on ebay, but most were modded poorly and would require lots of work to get it back to a working state.

After a long search 2 came up on ebay, both were stock, both didnt work, but they were un-touched by the hands of a modder. Perfect!

I promply paid for one of them and had it shipped to my work.

Here it is after I took the top cover off to check out the inards. Everything looks pretty good, so I plugged it in a pushed power.... lights came on, fans turned on... but no video. So I tried one of the other video plugs... still nothing. So I figured it was dead, no problem.
I started taking things apart to see what it had in there. mATX motherboard, amd cpu, ati gpu, tv tuners, it was all there.
The heat sink I thought was odd, so I took it off, its a "bubble pump" heatsink, it used r134 (same stuff in car a/c systems) to cool the cpu. It was at that point I saw my problem. The heatsink was only held down by a single screw.
I repasted it and turn it on... into the bios! woohooo.

I started installing windows, and got everthing set up. I as I started looking for drivers I found them to not be anywhere online.... so it was time to mod.
First things first, lets get some storage going. I picked up a pair of 3tb hdds to fit into the hdd cage

OK, now that we storage we are going to need a new motherboard too. I picked up a cheap motherboard and set out to put it in. Problem, the alienware htpc had all the IO ports cut into the back plate, so that had to cut out to make room for the new motherboards IO plate.

I used a old junk motherboard to help with the alignment of it. This worked well, but my cuts were less than stellar.

I did not like my cuts at all, so I just drilled the plate off and removed it.

I did some searching and searching and I found out that most of this case was actually made by MSI as part of their media live system.
Not 2 days later a msi media live in good shape showed up on ebay. Perfect, ordered and on the way.
The media live had a propper IO panel on the back.

I cut the panel off the media live and installed it to the alienware. Perfect fit, now I have a good IO panel.

The motherboard that I had installed had a celeron cpu in it, this was not going to cut it for bluray and light gaming, so I opted for a better motherboard and a ivy bridge i3 with the hd4000.


After I got that installed, I put in anew tv tuner, msata boot drive for windows.
I picked up a nmedia lcd kit and mounted it to the front to display everything.

Diablotek psu to replace the stock psu...

And thats it, computer now runs 3d blurays, stores all my music, plays a few games. It looks like a stock alienware Hangar18, but is a powerhouse of a htpc that matches the rest of my little alienware computers.

This was my first actual computer build, and it has given me a taste for it. So, I have been searching, designing, and saving up money to make a powerfull mini gaming computer from a lian li case.

There are more pictures of this build here
https://picasaweb.google.com/102583355895978755542/Computer?authuser=0&feat=directlink
If you want to read the full long story of it, you can here
http://forum.desktopreview.com/alienware/245214-alienware-hangar-18-hd-restoration.html
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killer first post............im stealing your coffee table design its amazing. Next time you build something I would love to see a build log here looks like you do awsome work thumb.gif
    
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Thanks!
Wish I could take credit for that coffee table, but I didnt build that one. Mine is still under construction due to the fact that I want all my motherboards to power up, have fans that run and lights that blink.... still soldering power wires for LEDs and fans smile.gif

I have a new build planned, its going to end up being a gaming cluster so my friends can come over and play bf2 with me.
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Please please get rid of that diablotek psu!

Other than that very nice build. smile.gif
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Problem was finding a PSU that fits in there, its one of them small sized ones..... Got any suggestions for something that is the same size as a diablotek phd380m?
4.8" x 3.8" x 2.5"

This one was local at the microcenter, so I grabbed it get things going. Im fairly happy with it so far.

I guess I could fit one of the FSP Group psu in there, but they are a bit bigger than the diablotek one is, so it might have some clearance issues.

Right now the sata connectors are very very close to the psu, infact, to take out the hdd cage, you have to remove the psu also.
Edited by ejohnson - 1/4/13 at 1:04pm
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HTPC:

 

1158437

Hardware's in my sig, I believe. You can check out the build log here:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1318960/build-log-klein-a-mini-itx-pc-q11b-htpc-build

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Problem was finding a PSU that fits in there, its one of them small sized ones..... Got any suggestions for something that is the same size as a diablotek phd380m?
4.8" x 3.8" x 2.5"
This one was local at the microcenter, so I grabbed it get things going. Im fairly happy with it so far.
I guess I could fit one of the FSP Group psu in there, but they are a bit bigger than the diablotek one is, so it might have some clearance issues.
Right now the sata connectors are very very close to the psu, infact, to take out the hdd cage, you have to remove the psu also.

 

You need a mATX power supply. There's not a lot to choose from on Newegg, the only brand I would trust is FSP, the other brands are junk. I found this one which looks decent:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104131
 

I've never used a mATX PSU so maybe someone else can give you better advice.
 

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Sorry to steal the thread but are home theatre pc's still as viable as they used to be?? what can they do that a modern day smart tv cant?? my 3d smart tv streams all my blue ray rips straight from my server without any lag using plex media server.

I have lots of spares lying around as I just upgraded both mine and my kids pc's to i5's so have a few duo cores lying around and wondered if still building a htpc was worth it, I ran one a few years ago but stopped when I changed my tv cabinet and the new one wasn't deep enough to take the antec media case I had.

so what do people actually use their media centres for now adays apart from streaming movie rips???
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