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Finally! Out with the Old in with the New!

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Thanks!

Two more questions.

 

Will the stock Intel cooler do?

 

Will coolers designed for the 1156 chip-set work with the 1155? Do they have the same fastening setup?

 

 

I used the stock cooler a couple of times on an HTPC build and it works, but the issue is that it is pretty quiet when idling, but if/when you load the system down, it spins up pretty fast and gets a bit noisy. You could just try the stock cooler and see what happens and then upgrade if you are not satisfied but personally after learning the hard way, I would go for the quiet cooler up front.

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I used the stock cooler a couple of times on an HTPC build and it works, but the issue is that it is pretty quiet when idling, but if/when you load the system down, it spins up pretty fast and gets a bit noisy. You could just try the stock cooler and see what happens and then upgrade if you are not satisfied but personally after learning the hard way, I would go for the quiet cooler up front.

totally agree. I will take pics of my Silverstone HTPC soon and you will be able to see 5 Arctic Cooling fans in 1 case that are almost impossible to hear in my living room.

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totally agree. I will take pics of my Silverstone HTPC soon and you will be able to see 5 Arctic Cooling fans in 1 case that are almost impossible to hear in my living room.

 

 

Look forward to it. Good luck.

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Here's the link in case anyone missed it: http://homeserversho...h__1#entry23772

 

 

Apparently I missed. Great pictures and great looking unit. I think my next case will be a lower profile. You have in insane amount of fans in that thing. Great job.

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Apparently I missed. Great pictures and great looking unit. I think my next case will be a lower profile. You have in insane amount of fans in that thing. Great job.

Is that a new meme? You can never be too thin or have too many fans.

 

The real reason for all the fans of course is so I can run them at a much lower speed.

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The real reason for all the fans of course is so I can run them at a much lower speed.

 

IMHO, They looks really cool too!

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IMHO, They looks really cool too!

They do give the insides a certain 'industrial' look :)

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OK!

 

I have started my HTPC upgrade.

I'm still tweaking!

 

When I catch my breathe I will have pictures to post.

Lets just say....so far, I'm pretty Happy with my New C Drive!

 

Vinyl

 

:rolleyes:

 

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Wow, that is impressive read speed!

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OK!

 

I have started my HTPC upgrade.

I'm still tweaking!

 

When I catch my breathe I will have pictures to post.

Lets just say....so far, I'm pretty Happy with my New C Drive!

 

Vinyl

 

:rolleyes:

I'm not sure I've ever seen a drive with such a difference between the read and write speeds; very interesting. Is this C: drive the 2 RAID0 Crucials?

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I'm not sure I've ever seen a drive with such a difference between the read and write speeds; very interesting. Is this C: drive the 2 RAID0 Crucials?

 

Yes its the two Crucials striped.

I knew when I bought them they didn't have stellar write speeds.

That being said, I also knew I wouldn't be doing a lot of writing to my C drive.

The writes wont appear to go much above 200.

When I have more time I will run some other benchmark utilities, and post the results.

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With those read speeds you are going to approach instant on times with the HTPC. I have no where near those read times with my SSD and my HTPC starts up in around 20 seconds now.

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Yes its the two Crucials striped.

I knew when I bought them they didn't have stellar write speeds.

That being said, I also knew I wouldn't be doing a lot of writing to my C drive.

The writes wont appear to go much above 200.

When I have more time I will run some other benchmark utilities, and post the results.

true. If this is just your system drive, and the system doesn't use the paging file much, you're going to see very nice performance.

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HD TUNE PRO RESULTS

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Ok! Here are some pictures of my HTPC upgrade adventure.

 

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The new stuff.../ 2 Sata 6gb Crucial M4 64 GB SSDs (Raid 0)... / Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard.../ Intel 2600k SandyBridge CPU.../ SilverStone 3.5 to dual 2.5 adapter tray.

 

 

The Old Stuff

 

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My re-purposed nMedia 8000 HTPC case

 

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Re-purposed 8GB Corsair DDR3 Ram

 

 

 

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My 1156 chip-set Thermal Zone CPU cooler

 

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My Power-color HD 5570 GPU

 

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My Fusion HDTV Gold 5 ATSC Tuner Card

 

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My Hauppauge HVR-1600 Dual Tuner Card

 

 

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My Asus Xonar D2X Soundcard

 

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My Asus USB3 / Sata 6GB add on card (Yeah I Know its already on the MB....;-) )

 

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My LG Super Multi Blu Blu-Ray Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Be Continued..............................~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

;)

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Whattttttttttt? No Coke Cooler? :) I looked at that case for my build but the conditions in Iraq were not too desirable for it...the new build may be a different story however.

 

How is that card for Blu-Ray output?

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Ok! Here are some pictures of my HTPC upgrade adventure.

 

P1000570.jpg

 

The new stuff.../ 2 Sata 6gb Crucial M4 64 GB SSDs (Raid 0)... / Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard.../ Intel 2600k SandyBridge CPU.../ SilverStone 3.5 to dual 2.5 adapter tray.

 

 

The Old Stuff

 

P1000629.jpg

 

 

My re-purposed nMedia 8000 HTPC case

 

P1000564.jpg

 

Re-purposed 8GB Corsair DDR3 Ram

 

 

 

P1000596.jpg

 

My 1156 chip-set Thermal Zone CPU cooler

 

P1000597.jpg

 

My Power-color HD 5570 GPU

 

P1000603.jpg

 

My Fusion HDTV Gold 5 ATSC Tuner Card

 

P1000605.jpg

 

My Hauppauge HVR-1600 Dual Tuner Card

 

 

P1000607.jpg

 

 

My Asus Xonar D2X Soundcard

 

P1000609.jpg

 

 

My Asus USB3 / Sata 6GB add on card (Yeah I Know its already on the MB....;-) )

 

P1000616.jpg

 

My LG Super Multi Blu Blu-Ray Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Be Continued..............................~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

;)

 

 

Any reason why you used a discreet graphics card instead of the built in one?

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Any reason why you used a discreet graphics card instead of the built in one?

 

I wanted to start out with something I new worked in the past.

I have been using the HD 5570 for over a year with no problems.

I plan on weaning myself off of it to try the on-board graphics.

This box is my Main DVR in the house I wanted to keep the WAF high.

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Whattttttttttt? No Coke Cooler? :) I looked at that case for my build but the conditions in Iraq were not too desirable for it...the new build may be a different story however.

 

How is that card for Blu-Ray output?

 

Ive used the card for well over a year now. It works Great! for BluRay output.

The HD5000 series also supports passing through all the HD Audio codecs, DTS Master Audio and Dolby True HD.

It also is low power. It does not require an additional power connector.

 

I'm thinking if I can talk my wife into it maybe I can convert the Coke Cooler into a Server Rack.:rolleyes:

 

Or..............maybe not.

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More pics from the HTPC upgrade build.

 

 

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Re-used my Antec Earthwatts 650 PSU

 

 

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I did change out the oem 140 rear exhaust fan with this Noctua 140. Its dead silent

 

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The Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 MB

 

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8GB Corsair DDR3 Ram / 2600k and Zero Therm heat-sink installed on the MB

 

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2 Crucial M4 Sata 6 64gb SSDs mounted in SilverStone adapter

 

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Back panel with all cards installed

 

 

 

 

 

To be continued ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~;)

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the case is awesome (wouldn't fit my decor, but it's still awesome) and that cooler stack is crazy :)

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the case is awesome (wouldn't fit my decor, but it's still awesome) and that cooler stack is crazy :)

 

Thanks!

Yeah I realize that case is not for everyone. Another one of my passions in addition to computers is collecting and restoring antique radios,phonographs and TVs. So it fits in pretty well with the rest of the stuff in our Family room.

 

Other than the "Cheesy" punch out expansion slot covers the n Media 8000 wooden case is constructed really well. It would blend in pretty well if you had a lot of wood in your den, family-room or home theater room.

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You know something................converting that type of enclosure into something like a server rack may not be that far fetched. If you could control the condensation from the actual coke cooler part you could use some of that cooling power to cool off some high powered gear.

 

Where is Rick Dale's phone number?

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You know something................converting that type of enclosure into something like a server rack may not be that far fetched. If you could control the condensation from the actual coke cooler part you could use some of that cooling power to cool off some high powered gear.

 

Where is Rick Dale's phone number?

 

Unfortunately that Coke cooler I have is one from the early 1940's and dose not have a compressor in it.

The Coke was chilled strictly by Ice.

I'm thinking Ice and Servers aren't gonna be a good mix. :P

 

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