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Post by McstylisT on Mon May 31, 2010 4:00 pm

That would be handy indeed. Save me a few quid on another Win7 key. Was just originally worried as Vista is a real ram hog ! ! ! And with only the 2GB to start with thought maybe something else would be better. ?

With the money id save buying win7 again i could probably pick up 4GB DDR2 ... lol !!! We will see how 2GB goes first though.

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Post by McstylisT on Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:48 am

So frustrating ! ! ! affraid :Shout: 🔫

I have everything thing i need to get this rolling now , i have only and gone and miss placed the metal runners for the hd installation. Without them they do not screw in to the case solidly........ Doing my best to find them but got a feeling they are long gone :D

Real shame.

IF this is the case then i might have to look at another proper HTPC type case

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Post by 4hams on Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:03 am

Sorry to here about the lost rail pieces Craig.

If ya need to get a new case have a look at this baby. It is very inexpensive and i am sure you have a few fans that can be added for intake air.

http://forums.pureoverclock.com/showthread.php?s=6dc58d0068acb1ea62e17ef555ef4b15&t=9068
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Post by McstylisT on Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:29 pm

Looks a nice case mate , still trying to find these trays first.

I would want somthing really small ( dvd player sized )

like this : http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-108-AN&groupid=701&catid=7&subcat=160


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Post by 4hams on Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:50 pm

Does the manufacturer not sell the rail pieces for the case?
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Post by McstylisT on Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:16 am

4hams wrote:Does the manufacturer not sell the rail pieces for the case?

Could most certainly look. I need to really look hard and low first around the place today. Been tied up as usual and have only checked a few places. I am sure i will find them as i dont really fancy spending more on another case.

Wish me luck :hahapirate:

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Post by McstylisT on Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:16 am

I HAVE FOUND THE TRAY :clapjoy: :Winner:

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Post by McstylisT on Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:19 am

This is now in building progress. Just get Vista loaded up and i'll upload some pics and the final spec of the build.

Thanks to all those that helped and posted in the thread.

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Post by bob2701 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:48 am

Great news that you found the cage for the HD. Good luck with the build.
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Post by smduff on Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:33 am

Looking forward to seeing the build M8
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Post by McstylisT on Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:48 pm

Its now all fully built and looking sexy i think. Cable management was never my strong point but did a pretty cool job i think. :D

Problem being i could not get it fired up as I do not have a spare keyboard or mouse around. This one i use is wireless and needs drivers before you can use them.

I will upload the pictures i took for you anyway. Give me a second peeps.

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Post by smduff on Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:54 pm

I highly recommend this for your HTPC I have one obviously. it is a stellar unit.

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=912
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Post by McstylisT on Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:58 pm

Now that is slick :Kewl:

That really appeals to me.

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Post by McstylisT on Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:41 pm

Ok peeps here is the final build at present. Still needs to have the OS installed and has not been fired up of yet due to me not having a compatible keyboard or mouse to do so. :(

Here is the final spec :

SilverStone Sugo SG01 SSF case
Storm silent 700w Dual rail power supply
Gigabyte AMD AM2+/AM3 760G MA74GM -S2 Matx
AMD Athlon 2 X3 Triple core 435 2.9ghz CPU 1.5MB Catch
2GB DDR2 6400 OCZ " black opps" 5-5-5-12 1.8v
ATI Radeon Sapphire HD 5570 1GB GDDR3 HDMI
1TB Western Digital Cavair Green HD 32MB Catch Sata2
Liteon 18x DVDRW IDE
























This has been a strange build , one that has been completed quicker than expected but has provided much experience along the way. I am guessing once i get the rig up and running how i would like it then it will begin to be part of my puter family. Its been a very enjoyable time , looking back in the thread i remember feeling very different at various points in the thread. Its feels good to be here posting this today as opposed to originally opening the thread. I hope you all enjoy this as much as i did making it.

Please feel free to add any comments or questions you may have. Also suggestions welcome.

Thanks for looking.

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Post by smduff on Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:14 pm

Looks good M8 job well done, now the tough part is ahead ripping and filling up the drives with movies lol.
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Post by bob2701 on Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:44 pm

Looks like a fine job McT. Pictures look great. Yes, the time consuming part is ahead of you as smduff said. Good luck with it.
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Post by 4hams on Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:02 pm

Looks great Craig, I guess you found the rails for the hard drive?
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Post by McstylisT on Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:33 am

Thank you all guys :D

Very happy its now done and ready to use. smile

Yeah , i did find the clip joel. If you check the snap of the HD bay you can see there are holes in the above tray. Its needs to scew in that way. I cant find the second one though , so wont be adding any more space it seems.

Very happy

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Post by McstylisT on Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:22 am

Still waiting to install and OS on this yet. :bball: Chucked out my old keyboard so am waiting for a family member to bring me up one to install Vista on it.

But i am not in a rush , just interested what the x3 435 can do really.

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Post by 4hams on Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:09 pm

I am sure it will be just fine as an HTPC. Do the folks that make the case not sell the clip needed for the hard drives?
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Post by McstylisT on Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:17 am

4hams wrote:I am sure it will be just fine as an HTPC. Do the folks that make the case not sell the clip needed for the hard drives?

I am sure they do Joel. Its just sourcing them and what they would charge. Its not the worlds best built case. Id rather prefer to buy a much more slim line DVD player like sized case and sell this one on cheaply.

But for now i am good

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Post by AZ-J on Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:05 am

Back visiting, nice HTPC build! Is that HTPC direct to TV, or through an Audio Video Receiver (AVR)? Just a tip, all ATI and nVidia cards will do 1080p or 720p video for the TV, but only the nVidia GT-430 or the GTX-460 or (I've heard, the ATI high 6xxx cards are now included) can make for BD audio in TrueHD or DTS-HD Master.

My HTPC uses one HDMI cable out of the GT-430 into the 7.1 AVR I have, and that AVR feeds to the TV through one HDMI as well. The first time I turned on the PC, it told me I had Pioneer TV audio, and I got to pick 7 channel audio. Now all PCM is full 7.1 channels, VLC plays great 1080p/DTS or 1080p/DD, and Windows Media Classic Player PLUS ffdshow, both set up the correct way, plays certain files with TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio.

PowerDVD 10 Ultra lets the LG BD-RW unit playback Blu Ray disks with TruedHD and DTS-HD Master, but not files (just DTS/DD). So now I use a three some of playback software, mostly using VLC to playback myriad mkv files I store on an older WHS 2003 PC, and WMC+ffdshow for the 10 or so TrueHD or DTS-HD Master files. It all works great over the network (our is 10/100/1000 and all 1000 connected wired). The router is wireless too, and plays just OK over the 2.4 band, but the router has a dual band at 5.8 GHz and that's for HD, but unused, as yet.
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