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That case looks absolutely terrible for an HTPC/Server combo. 80mm fans = excess noise, and 2 HDD bays = no room for expansion.

As for the PSU, don't just get the cheapest. Those PSUs are such junk that you actually put the PC in danger with them. If you plan on never getting a graphics card this is the chepest you should get.
Yea I am still not dead set on the case - Im not looking for a regular HTPC case, more just a tower that has a bland appearance (again has to do with where I am locating it for the most part). - Any suggestions would be appreciated. Browsing newegg again and coming up with a few other options like possible these that all fit in the space planned h 17.5" x w 11.5" x d 19"

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Again - not looking for anything fancy just not clued in as to what would be best to keep noise to an acceptable level either...leaning towards the Rosewill atm


Hrmm so what about something like this for the PSU? Would up the cost a little but I guess could future proof me in case I need to update the video?(although not sure if I would need with the current linked cases...)

The dinovo mini - yea I saw it and it looked nice - just wasn't sure if I could get away with using just that - did you say a regular universal remote worked alongside the dinovo? What functions do you use your universal for and how do you map them onto WMC if at all? I also have to remember that whatever solution I get here will be used by my non tech inclined wife.
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post #12 of 16
I don't know much about that PSU, but it's pretty popular. Maybe someone else can chime in on it.

As for the case - Rosewill cases are actually a lot better than a lot of people think, as long as you pick one made out of steel (same goes for all the cheap cases). My favorite one is this. The MB "tray" leaves room behind it to route cables out of sight for airflow, it has a vent in the front for you to install a 120mm fan for the hard drives (which you'd need to buy separately), and it's got a nice and simple look. Here you can see one of my old builds with it:

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The OCZ ModXStream Pro 500w is a relatively good PSU and is quiet. I upgraded from a Corsair 400CX to one in my servers. $32 shipped is a great price.
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I really like the look of the Cooler Master Elite 3xx series, especially the $30 incl. S&H 335.

It's not overly flashy (the blue LED fan shown in the original pic isn't included with the case), uses 120mm fans, and has room for tons of HDDs for server use.
    
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Yeah my non techie wife does fine with the htpc, she loves it actually. My case came with a remote and built in IR receiver. I have a universal learning remote and I just used the remote that came with the case to program the universal remote. The universal remote is a lot better than the cheap thing that came with the case, plus I can use it for my tv and everything else too. My tv tuner also came with a remote/receiver, so if you pick up a tuner that comes with one you can always go that route if you have a universal remote. I really like the logitech harmony remotes, they look nice and work well

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Yea I am still not dead set on the case - Im not looking for a regular HTPC case, more just a tower that has a bland appearance (again has to do with where I am locating it for the most part). - Any suggestions would be appreciated. Browsing newegg again and coming up with a few other options like possible these that all fit in the space planned h 17.5" x w 11.5" x d 19"

Logisys
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Rosewill

Again - not looking for anything fancy just not clued in as to what would be best to keep noise to an acceptable level either...leaning towards the Rosewill atm


Hrmm so what about something like this for the PSU? Would up the cost a little but I guess could future proof me in case I need to update the video?(although not sure if I would need with the current linked cases...)

The dinovo mini - yea I saw it and it looked nice - just wasn't sure if I could get away with using just that - did you say a regular universal remote worked alongside the dinovo? What functions do you use your universal for and how do you map them onto WMC if at all? I also have to remember that whatever solution I get here will be used by my non tech inclined wife.
    
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post #16 of 16
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ok well here is my current status.

CPU - Athlon64 X2 4200+

Case - Rosewill R5730-P BK (Liked the bare look and the locationof usb ports in front)
PSU - Rosewill Green Series RG430-2 430W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified (combo deal, green psu etc etc)
MB - Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H (rev1.0)
RAM - 2x 1GB DDR 667
HD - Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVS (Sata 2.5") 250GB - 5400rpm 8MB
OS - Windows 7 Pro
Video - Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
Keyboard and Remote - ione KBP20 Silver & Black RF Wireless Ultra slim size design Keyboard size was just right and built in mouse + RF; I also picked up a Rosewill RRC-126 Vista Infrared MCE Remote Control for the wife to be more at ease with the setup.
Optical Drive - LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader SATA Model iHOS104-08

In a few days have this coming in Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB SATA


Anyways purpose for updating - after finally getting win7 installed, had me some problems with it and my sata drive lol... I am now setting up all the lil things when I realized there was no sound coming from the PC!!!

I have it connected to a Zenith 42 in. 720p Plasma I picked up on Black friday...

Well my current problem - No sound thru the HDMI connection on the motherboard!!! It isn't the tv as my cable box outputs sound just fine on either one of the 2 available HDMI ports when it is connected. I even switched HDMI cables in order to see if that was the issue and nothing going. Both cables worked on the cable box and nothing on the HDMI port from the MB.

I also have an optical cable which I couldn't get to send the sound to my tv (yes i do not have a discrete card or surround sound/ AV system atm... that will come in the future lol)

Finally I remembered I had a DVI to HDMI adaptor from when I had purchased my 4870x2 (which has no native HDMI port on it). I plugged this in to the DVI port on the back of the MB, and then the HDMI cable... and SOUND! Granted I got sound out... but I am less than happy with the excess equipment needed to be used and most importantly it now causes the HDMI cable to stick out even FARTHER...which means I may have to modify the entertainment center it is in just to accommodate it...not a happy prospect.

I have tried Microsoft generic drivers, Gigabytes motherboard drivers from their site, and ATI's most recent drivers... I would love to know if anyone has any idea why the native HDMI port on the motherboard isn't outputting sound yet the DVI port is? Heck im even confused as to why the Optical link isnt outputting sound either!!!!

Either way for now IM forced to use the DVI to HDMI adapter - I am hoping that doesn't cause any HDCP issues, don't have any Blu-Ray movies to check atm though so gonna have to netflix it.

Hopefully this isn't something stupid like a connection I needed to make on the MB itself inside the case...

    
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