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Old May 6, 2009, 05:47 PM
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The HTPC is up and running! The specs are a little different than intended, and it's only working, not fully completed.

The front drive assembly; an LG DVD-RW drive and a Western Digital Caviar 80GB drive. The HDD actually ended up getting moved to the bottom of the drive chassis. This is only the system drive, a second HDD is being added for recording and media storage.

The motherboard I ended up getting is the Asus P5KPL-AM SE. I have nothing but love for ASUS boards so far.

I stuck the E4600 processor I recycled from my old computer into this. I also put in the Apacer/Kingston combo 3GB RAM duo I had in it. (667MHz)

I loaded the motherboard into the Minuet 350, and connected all the necessary wires, besides the drive cables.

I shoved in the front drive assembly, and connected all necessary wires, and did some form of cable management in the process. I booted 'er up, and so far, everything seems to be running smoothly (except the cpu temps are a little off--idles at about 45C, and core 1 is always hotter than core 0)

Parts left to get: A cheap 1TB SATAII HDD for storage and recording; probably a Hitatchi or WD GreenPower, an HD 4550 low-profile PCI-E card, and the Asus ES3-100 MyCinema 3in1 PCIe TV Card. The project should be complete by the end of the week.

I also found a wicked desktop background for it:

Case: Antec 900
CPU : Intel E8400 45nm Core 2 Duo @ 3GHz 1333MHz FSB
RAM : 4GB DDR2 800MHz (OCZ Platinum)
HDD : Main: 120GB SSD SATA2 (OCZ) Storage: 3TB SATA2 (WD Green) Backup: 500GB External USB (Hitatchi)
GFX : HD4850 (512MB)
PSU : 610W PC Power Silencer
MoBo: Asus P5Q SE
View : Acer H213H 21.5" @ 1920 x 1080

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