Antec Minuet 350 HTPC
My HTPC build is underway, here's the specs:
The cpu and memory I already own from an older rig. 3GB of DDR2 667MHz, and a Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2.4GHz should more than suffice for these categories, right? When I tear my old rig apart from downstairs, i'll post pics of the cpu and RAM.
The motherboard I picked because it fits all my necessary requirements:
I've decided to go with the Sapphire HD4550 as it's a popular choice for HTPCs. It's low-profile, which means it'll fit inside the Antec Minuet 350, provided it comes with a half-size bracket I can affix it to. If not I guess I gotta purchase those separately.
I need a cheap 1TB HDD for media storage and recording.
A picture of the brand new Antec Minuet 350 i'm going to be cramming my HTPC setup in:
I took off the access panel to show you all the goodies inside:
I found a perfect TV tuner for my build: The Asus ES3-100 MyCinema 3in1. It fits all the specs I need:
I've put Vista on my HTPC (Antec Fusion), but quickly downgraded to XP.
you said your mobo had 1 pci-e slot which means that you'd run into problems with a pci-e TV tuner and a HD4550 unless you ment 1x pcie 16x...
also I feel that HSF is a little overpriced....im guessing you couldn't fit something like a vendetta 2 or something cheaper eh?
Haha, it's a small little beast, but i love it. Right now i'm doing preparatory work by shoving in an old IDE DVD drive (since a DVD Drive won't be limited by the IDE bus). Unfortunately, i'm also going to have to use an 80GB WD drive (IDE) as the main drive until i can get something better, as i'm aiming to get this thing up and running tomorrow.
And i guess i'm just going to stick with the stock cooler, for simplicity's sake. I also have a 40mm fan i found to stick at the back of the case :P
Also, about the slots... it has one PCI-E slot, and one graphics PCI-E slot.
Thats a pretty cool little project you have going on thier Grunts.....keep the pics coming....very good indeed!
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:
nice htpc setup
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