Here it is everyone, my second project that I will be attempting. Overall, Project H20 Black Dragon was a success in that I learned alot and had alot of fun doing it. However it was stopped slightly early because of a few issues, and things like I need a more portable system. I hope everyone else also had a fun time following it and adding their own bits to make it even better. Maybe even FoRmEd could make me another niffty intro pic like he did for the Black Dragon
With my recent purchase of a 30in. Samsung Slim Fit HDTV and a Sony Surround Sound System (Model # STR-K660P) I will be making and modding my very own Media Center PC. I got the idea from a good site called cyberpowerpc.com. I decided why have a nice TV and Surround Sound and not a nice Media Center to go with it. Hopefully all will go to plan, and I can get my parts ordered quickly and start modding the case.
The Parts List
-Aspire Q-Pack Silver Color with 420W Aspire PSU (30a)
-AMD X2 3800+ CPU
-WD 200GB SATA II HD
-Biostar T-Force 6100
-2x1GB Gskill HZ
-Lite On 16x dual layer DVD-RW with Lightscribe
-Sony 16x DVDROM
-TV tuner card (not sure which yet)
-Windows XP Media Center 2005
-XP-90C (hopefully will fit in the case)
Eventually I will get a better PSU because I can't justify skimping on a bad PSU, however the Aspire will have to do for now. The reason I picked a 7600GT some of you may be wondering, is because eventually I will SLi them and they don't cost so much that it won't be out of the question. I saw some reviews on the 7xxx series and the 7600GT litterally had double the performance of a x1600XT and got a nice 70K AQ3 score with a stock FX-57.
The modding part of the case will come in because I will be overclocking this little beast. I am going to take the X2 3800+ to the max it can on stock volts (well maybe i'll kick it up a notch or two ) because I want to keep heat at a minumum. If I do decide to overclock to the max I will be modding the 3 windows on the case to support some low speed 90mm or even 120mm fans for some good airflow.
This is the start of Project: X-QPack 1.1. I will be ordering my parts later today so add any suggestions you guys have in now. This is a slight budget system because I don't have unlimited cash flow, but I think I did a good job of picking nice parts and getting a nice overall price out of it too. With shipping this system is going to cost about $1,100 which I think is great.
Lets do it!