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My HTPC - Old School Radio

by mstg2000


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This is a Home Theater PC (HTPC) devoted to only media. Blu-Ray, Netflix, Hulu, MKV's etc..

I love this case. With the exception of the LED light around the power button, you can't even tell it's a PC. The only issue I had was lining up the Blu-Ray Player.. I had to remove the front plastic door off the optical drive to make it line up.

Lots of room inside, a lot more than I thought there'd be. One big fan in the back and two vents in the front, not sure about air flow issues yet, but there's more than enough space to drill a few holes in the wooden case and add some small fans, if needed.

Cords were tricky. Due to the positioning of the dive bays, cords had to be twisted around (some drives had to be installed upside down)

All and all, i'm very pleased.. I may get the optional LED Display for the front of the case - though having the case not look like a PC at all, is rather nice. and the display would be a dead give away. I'm also thinking about a Windows Media Center IR remote, so I can program it into my Logitech universal.

EDIT Tonight I added a 3rd 3TB storage drive to accommodate my growing digital movie library

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TheWalkingGeek 2 Builds 15 points 21 months ago

Interesting idea for a build!

EDIT: I thought you converted an old radio. Still a really cool case though!

A few questions though:

Why a 750 watt PSU?

Why windows 7 ultimate?

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 10 points 21 months ago

Yeah, I know.. honestly, I forgot to order the power supply and had to go out and get one, because of the cramped conditions in the case, I had a need to go full modular, and that was the only one available in my area at the time. And, Windows Ultimate, because I already had it - I recently upgraded my primary PC with Windows 8 - so technically, the OS wasn't a price factor in this build.

TheWalkingGeek 2 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

Ah. Okay. That explains it with the power supply.

Ok. You had it, I guess might as well use it :)

I would recommend changing the windows 7 to free in the part list. Otherwise many may down vote. Then, most will assume without reading that comment that you had it already.

Overall, I love the build! Certainly something you don't see every day!

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 5 points 21 months ago

OK, I edited the prices to $0 for the items I already had from previous PCs

TheWalkingGeek 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Ok cool.

D33P_R07 1 Build 4 points 21 months ago

Panasonic Plasma ftw!

Nice build :)

You should consider upgrading to an SSD for the OS drive eventually for instant-on capability. XBMCbuntu is pretty lightweight too.

Zeus 1 Build 4 points 21 months ago

That is by far, the sexiest HTPC case i've seen.

timmyd 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

interesting case, I was fooled...I didn't know there was such a case.

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

The case is what made me build the system from scratch, instead of repurposing an old Dell for the HTPC. Found it inspiring.

ck3 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

this is a nice little venture off from the average pc's you see on this website. love it and thanks for sharing. +1

JoeyThePCNoob 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

One of the most creative builds I've seen on this site. +1

bencs25 2 points 21 months ago

I love these kind of builds, +1!

18hockey 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Wow, that's awesome!

Love that HTPC case - very old school :P

Gooberdad 3 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Nice HTPC +1

tomaryus 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Lol +1 for the movie +1 for the creativity.

Eatin_Sundip 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

+1 for great movie.

cyanghost109 7 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Dude, this is awesome! You should mount some speakers in there! You'd really fool someone, lol!

This just reminded me that it's that time of year when I need to watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles again. I love that movie! I used to remember the entire line when Neil goes off on Del in the motel, lol!

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Mounting speakers is actually a great idea, I'm gonna do that :)

mrmungro 2 points 21 months ago

<3 Interesting concept. Good job OP.

billbob44 1 point 21 months ago

Voted up for the movie. Oh man that is a great one!

Fonnz 1 point 20 months ago

Nice build +1 but maybe a fire hazard?

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Perhaps if it overheated to the point of combustion, but so far the ventilation seems more than adequate, I've had to take the lid off a couple of times to swap out cables, etc. and it's always nice and cool inside. I'm also one of those people who never leave the computer on when i'm not using it.

EvolutionaryMishap 1 point 19 months ago

That is an very interesting build for that style of case. I have an old radio from the early 40's that looks very similar to the case. I am shocked someone actually made a case like this. Looks roomy but placement of items seem weird.

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I completely agree.. the layout of the harddrive bays are very odd. If I did any metal work, I would rearrange it so they were all facing the same direction, instead of back to back on the top.

Pbandjelly4 1 point 18 months ago

I'm curious why you wanted 6 TB for an HTPC? can you explain?

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I converted my 700+ titles (movies) to digital.. in fact, i'll be adding a 3rd storage drive soon to make the HTPC our house network storage.

Pbandjelly4 1 point 18 months ago

Phewf that's insane thanks for the info :D

AtomicA 1 point 18 months ago

Good job!

JamzterS9 1 point 16 months ago

did that CPU cooler come with thermal paste

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Not in a tube, but there was a pad of it on the fan base

empiire 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

This is by far, the coolest looking build I've ever seen.

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks! as I stated previously, it's the case that made me want to build from scratch, rather than getting a pre-built system.

SpaceOctopus 1 point 8 months ago

How are things holding up? Did the stock fan in the case continue to be enough to keep everything cool? Was considering picking up a fan along with everything, but if that fan is sufficient, it would be really awesome. I know this post is over a year old, but I'm asking because I'm about to build one myself & am planning on using the same case. Also planning on using an AMD A8-6600K possibly. Any thoughts or comments about the case and stuff?

Also, as for that optional LED, is that something you get to pick when purchasing it, or is it one of those parts you find & get yourself & install? Any help would be unbelievably appreciated ❤♡❤♡❤

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

The case, fan, everything is doing great! I never did get around to getting the optional LED display though. Absolutely no overheating.

SpaceOctopus 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks so much for the info. Puts me at ease, since we just finished most of the build! _^ You've really helped.

TelemonianAjax 1 point 6 months ago

I used that case for my first build too! And I hated working on it, but loved showing it off! Man, was it nice to switch to a case with actual room inside. That sucker is punishing when you have to take out the drives.

I never got my LED screen to work either. I also found the outside screw holes to be pretty poorly drilled. It's a shame, the thing is a beauty when it's running. Just make sure to keep up with it, don't take it too much, and this sucker'll be a living room fixture forever.

mstg2000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

That case is one heck of a pain in the butt. But, the looks are worth it.

zakroin 1 point 5 months ago

Is the wireless adapter good?

DTI466 1 point 1 month ago

You should put some incense in the case. That way when she gets up to operating temperature there's a rich fragrance wafting through the room as you watch movies.

MirthlessSmile 1 Build 1 point 26 days ago

Those aren't pillows!!

SpicyPickle 1 Build -2 points 21 months ago

The power supply is quite excessive.

bencs25 -3 points 21 months ago

I love these kind of builds, +1!

bencs25 -3 points 21 months ago

I love these kind of builds, +1!