Show us yer HTPC....

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by flu!d, Mar 19, 2012.

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    flu!d

    flu!d Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS

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    As far as I am aware, even HDMI 1.1 can pass multichannel LPCM.:thumbup:

    Bear in mind, however, that not all HDMI equipped receivers accept audio over HDMI (obviously ilsan's receiver does).
     
  2. Dorz

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    just bought a few thigs for my new htpc :D

    intel i3 2130
    gigabyte Z77MX-D3H
    8gb gskill ripjaws 1333
    liteon bluray burner
    antec 450w psu

    so far ive found a 320gb hdd i can use for boot, and will put a 2 or 3tb drive or 2 in when i buy them. also need to buy the case, and a tv tuner.
     
  3. ilsan

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    Can I recommend a 60gb as minimum SSD, so worth it mate.
     
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    How do most of you store all of your media (movies, tv shows, music, etc)?

    At the moment I've just got a couple of high capacity drives in the htpc but no backup at the moment.

    Was thinking of building a Windows home server or NAS with RAID but it can easily get very costly and I don't want to stream HD content over a wireless network.
     
  5. mmBax

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    2 2tb drives is all I have.

    A mate of mine has nearly the exact same setup so that's my backup.

    Have been contemplating buying a 2tb external for backups though.
     
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    flu!d Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS

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    I used to run a dedicated server, but the device was a thirsty beast and the power bill was huge. Nowadays I run my main PC as the server as my case allows for the hot swapping of HDD's, that way I only have the server running as I need it and I'm able to run one less machine on the network.

    I don't agree with mass storage on the HTPC as mechanical HDD's produce an abundance of heat which is noisy to dissipate.
     
  7. ilsan

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    same requirement as you.
    I dont need to stream content over my network.

    I started off with 2 * 2TB for media and 60gb SSD for OS.
    Once I am at capacity, I will just get external HD rack with SATA connectivity and add more drives to it.

    let me know if you need any help with it mate.
     
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    Cheap effective storage method is use something like a N40L w/ 5x3tb drives stashed in another room, and use the onboard gigabit.
     
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    Fluid - I have 2 * 2tb on my HTPC and noise is minimal mate.
    Especially since I replaced the Intel stock cooler.
     
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    flu!d Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS

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    It's not the noise of the HDD's islan, it's the heat they produce that's the issue for me. I run my HTPC in a cabinet, the cabinet is ventilated however more HDD's in the HTPC itself heat the area up too much.
     
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    Ahh I see.
    I will just try to hide it somewhere :)
     
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    Ive got all my HDDs in the HTPC itself and other devices can access the movies/shows/music from it. It spins the drives down after a period of inactivity anyway. TBH i'd be surprised if any of these HTPC cases had a hard time ditching the heat from a few WD greens.
     
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    I can only put 2 and they are almost full :(

    Damn you 50tb HD movies :Pirate:
     
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    I paid $60 for a Pico 90W PSU + brick (used to have a Corsair 450W) which literally paid for itself within 6 months :shock:
    It easily runs my Anus E35M1-M, HD5450, TL-WN951N wireless PCI card, BD optical drive, HDD's, 140mm slowwwww speed fan and 2M pretty blue LED mood lighting on the back of the TV

    I also use a hot swap bay when I want to plug in another drive (ripped BD's) and use a 2.5" 320GB as boot plus a 2TB Samsung HD204UI which only ever makes a sound when spinning up (spins down after 10min inactivity) and even with the front fan @ dead slow/totally silent (well to my deaf ears anyway :p) the HDD never gets above 38C, even when playing a ripped BD

    Modern 5400/5900 spin drives when mounted properly run so cool even the laziest fan would be adequate.............but I'm sure you know that ;)
     
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    flu!d Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS

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    The other problem is that HTPC cases don't tend to have an abundance of room for HDD's...
     
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    Here is mine.. Enjoy

    MB: GA 350N-USB3
    CPU/GPU: E-350/ HD6310
    Ram: 4GB Kingston DDR3
    OS: Windows XP Pro
    HD 1: WD SATA II 640GB
    Optical: Pioneer SATA
    Case/ PSU: Antec Fusion Black/ 450W earth watts

    Software: XBMC

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    running a HFS with all my media on it..
     
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    Agreed, thats why I use the Tj08 cases though I also have a few itx cases that can be a challenge if you have a very large pr0n library :D

    You could fit another itx mobo (or two) in that case :D


    EDIT: I like those glass doors, might have to do something like that
     
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  18. Prosthetic

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    Another option if you want an all in one, is to use the Lian Li A-04 case, which can hold 7 3.5inch drives native, then you can add the Lian Li 2x3 converter for the top 2 5.25 drives which gives you a total of 10 3.5 inch drives.

    Its M-atx and pretty small, so gives you plenty of pcie/pci for a HBA, TV tuner, Sound card etc.
     
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