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Hey guys this is my first post on here, so i hope you guys enjoy this!

long story short, i recently upgraded my old rig, changed to an alienware m11x i5, i love it :]
and i had no use for my old pc, so i was thinking, media server....maybe, but then i thought what about a htpc, but no matter where i put my old system, it looked hideous, so after walking around in circles for about half an hour, i remembered i don't use the drawers in my entertainment unit, so why not put them to use. it was a bit harder, and things had to be done without spending money, but screw it, i like a challenge. So ill post my progress so far, and i plan to have this done soon :]

the gear im using:


CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 Stock Cooler
Mobo: Asus P5B-E
RAM: 4GB DDR2 800MHz G-Skill
GPU: Nvidia Geforce EN9400GT Silent
HDD1: OCZ Onyx 30GB SSD
HDD2: Hitachi 1TB Sata HDD
PSU: Thermal Master 450W
Fans: 1x 120mm Coolermaster Green LED Fan, 1x 120mm Generic Coolermaster Fan
Sound Card: Soundblaster Audigy #SB0570
O/S: Windows XP Pro SP3
USB WiFi Stick: Billion BiPac 3011N

What i have to work with:


Cutting a cable routing hole:


Screwed the motherboard down:


More Coming...
Edited by dyl4n3 - 2/7/11 at 7:59am
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The 9400GT gpu in place, i later removed the sound card for reasons you will see bellow:


The two hard drives in place:


The PSU in place, You will notice there are separate usb ports on the inside, that's just so i can connect a mouse/keyboard or a external optical drive much faster:


Fans installed and connected:


Just with the power and vga cable connected and glued in:


Now all i have to do is install windows xp on it and install drivers, then connect it up to the tv, and then i can chill :]
im going to bed now, its 2am and i start at 9am
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why not install some fans on the front and back for airflow... as it stands now unless its open drawer its gona overheat
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Yea, you will at least need some exhaust on the back of the drawer (and probably the desk).

I had thought of doing this with my kids desk, but the drawer was not big enough for all the components.
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Originally Posted by ShortySmalls View Post
why not install some fans on the front and back for airflow... as it stands now unless its open drawer its gona overheat
When i put the drawer inside, there is about a 5cm gap for air to circulate. i wanted to keep this kind of like a hidden mod

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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
Yea, you will at least need some exhaust on the back of the drawer (and probably the desk).

I had thought of doing this with my kids desk, but the drawer was not big enough for all the components.
the fan that is on an angle is the exhaust fan, i will be adding air routing tunnels throughout
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