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My new HTPC
kappa
Brisbane, Queensland
1487 posts
I just finished building a new HTPC so i thought I'd share some pics and info.

The build:

ASRock E350M1/USB3 mini-ITX M/B - $159
Aywun MW-107 Mini-ITX Case Black - $59 (I had planned for an Antec ISK300-65 but couldn't find stock)
Kingston 2GB DDR3-1333MHZ - $28
Kingston 30GB SSD V-Series - $79

Total - $325

Existing components were - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 and a Logitech Dinovo mini edge.

My original plan was to create a dedicated XBMC box with XBMC live. However I soon discovered that ATI and linux don't play nice. So W7 was my backup.

In the end its a solid system that I'm very happy with. The goal was a low cost, low power streamer that can playback all my rips perfectly with a great interface. Some bonuses were things like access to web content like ESPN3 (you could go even further down this path with a U.S proxy).

Now some pics (sorry about the quality)

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/4921/photoapr25115837am.jpg

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f**les
Brisbane, Queensland
5926 posts
holy moly thats nice mate, tiny and super cheap dam which i saw this before i built mine.
I just slapped one together last week actually. spent 800 on it tho.

Antec fusion black
i5
h67ma-d2h-b3 mobo built in hdmi video
4g
80g ssd

Also planned on running linux xbmc but driver issues with the remote and lcd screen, was easier to run win7 which is working a treat, xbmc is so lovely it makes my lovely bone ache.
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Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9055 posts
The pics would look better and slightly more in focus if you reduced their resolution/size. Instead they are big blurry things with loads of sensor noise.
12:59pm 25/04/11 Permalink
step
Brisbane, Queensland
2241 posts
Arg.

That case bring back horrors of putting together an order of 50 in the past :(.

Does look good. Didn't realise you could put it together for that cheap. A change of case and HDD and it can easily best a QNAP / other network media players.
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Skitza
Brisbane, Queensland
9372 posts
01:07pm 25/04/11 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
6627 posts
So that motherboard has the CPU and GPU built in? That's a damn good price if it handles 1080p content without issue. Nice and cheap and bloody small. Very nice, very tempting.
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Outlaw
Gold Coast, Queensland
349 posts
playstation media server

$0
02:05pm 25/04/11 Permalink
Skitza
Brisbane, Queensland
9373 posts
^ PS3 is fail. Good luck with Cinavia.
02:33pm 25/04/11 Permalink
kappa
Brisbane, Queensland
1488 posts
So that motherboard has the CPU and GPU built in?

Yeah it's the new AMD Zacate. I chose it over the Ion because it can bitstream HD audio.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330

$98 done.

I've got a WDTV but wanted a much nicer interface. A HTPC is also a lot more flexible.

playstation media server

$0

Again the interface, and also I have tried ps3 media server and had problems with some files. Also trying to skip ahead in movies on ps3 was impossible.
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Protius
Brisbane, Queensland
4326 posts
That case can fit a slim line bluray drive though yeah?
02:37pm 25/04/11 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
9466 posts
Yeh thats my only Q too; otherwise awesome :)
02:38pm 25/04/11 Permalink
kappa
Brisbane, Queensland
1489 posts
That case can fit a slim line bluray drive though yeah?

It can but I wouldn't. It's pretty packed as it is.
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Outlaw
Gold Coast, Queensland
354 posts
Cinavia is not my problem..
I have no problems with PS3 Media Server. The interface is fine (ps3 looking) and costs nothing, plus it can stream video and radio from the web.

$0
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kappa
Brisbane, Queensland
1490 posts
Cinavia is not my problem..
I have no problems with PS3 Media Server. The interface is fine (ps3 looking) and costs nothing, plus it can stream video and radio from the web.

$0

If it works for you that's all that matters :)
02:42pm 25/04/11 Permalink
Protius
Brisbane, Queensland
4327 posts
I can't see why you wouldn't, it's only a couple more cables, the space is already there up the top for it.
02:45pm 25/04/11 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
6629 posts
playstation media server

$0

I use PS3 Media Server and I'm getting the s**** with it. It's too unreliable when you want to seek through a video, and the PS3 occasionally just refuses to play certain files, stating it's corrupted, even when you force a transcode. I'm looking for a better solution.
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Nakor
Brisbane, Queensland
3141 posts
so this plays 1080p over the network perfectly fine? do you use wireless or cabled? would be a great little solution instead of our wdlive that hates playing mkv files
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Skitza
Brisbane, Queensland
9374 posts
The WD LiveTV plays mkv's perfectly.
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Protius
Brisbane, Queensland
4328 posts
I want to build one of these for myself also for SNES roms.
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Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
6630 posts
The WD LiveTV plays mkv's perfectly.

Not if it's in the wrong profile with too many ref frames.
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kappa
Brisbane, Queensland
1491 posts
I can't see why you wouldn't, it's only a couple more cables, the space is already there up the top for it.

Yeah its definitely possible.

so this plays 1080p over the network perfectly fine? do you use wireless or cabled?

Mine is hardwired and yes it does although at the moment I play my files off an external HDD. I'm planing to move all my media onto the network.
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TicMan
Melbourne, Victoria
6871 posts
Are you using XBMC on Windows?
03:28pm 25/04/11 Permalink
kappa
Brisbane, Queensland
1492 posts
Are you using XBMC on Windows?

Yeah. I first tried XBMC Live but it was unusable in its current state for this CPU/GPU.
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Skitza
Brisbane, Queensland
9375 posts
Not if it's in the wrong profile with too many ref frames.


There are no mkv's my wdtvlive hasnt played..yet. Have you updated your firmware or tried the WD home brew firmware?
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Outlaw
Gold Coast, Queensland
355 posts
meh. skipping through your pron while having a bat would be annoying on psm yeah. Rarely need to skip through a show ever.
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Nakor
Brisbane, Queensland
3142 posts
There are no mkv's my wdtvlive hasnt played..yet. Have you updated your firmware or tried the WD home brew firmware?
I must have an older version of the wdlive, cause mine has no updated firmware

also, doesnt playing stuff through the ps3 require you to buy a ps3...?
04:54pm 25/04/11 Permalink
TicMan
Melbourne, Victoria
6873 posts
Can the WD live act as an MCE extender?
05:32pm 25/04/11 Permalink
Skitza
Brisbane, Queensland
9376 posts
Can the WD live act as an MCE extender?


no the WD TV Live Plus does not act as Windows Media Center Extender.
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mongie
Brisbane, Queensland
7483 posts
I have an old HP desktop (core 2 duo + 4gb ram + GT430) running XBMC on W7.

It great.

Its also got 3TB of storage in it and is where my data is stored, which is less than desirable, but not too bad.
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Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
6631 posts
There are no mkv's my wdtvlive hasnt played..yet. Have you updated your firmware or tried the WD home brew firmware?

I don't have one, but the first thing I looked up about it when I learned of them was if it can handle high profile with like 8+ ref frames at 1080p. My searches tell me it can't.

Most Linux ISOs you get on the net are lower than that anyway, but you come across the occasional one that has been made with some retarded settings, making it generally only play on a PC. This is why I'd prefer to just have a nice small HTPC.
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