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My HTPC - Old School Radio
by mstg2000
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Description

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

Part List
Details
AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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TheWalkingGeek [1 Build] 12 points 7 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] 8 points 7 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 [1 Build] 2 points 7 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 7 months ago

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

 
 
TheWalkingGeek [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Ok cool.

 
 
timmyd [1 Build] 3 points 7 months ago

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

 
 
mstg2000 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 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.

 
 
D33P_R07 [1 Build] 3 points 7 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] 3 points 7 months ago

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

 
 
ck3 2 points 7 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 7 months ago

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

 
 
bencs25 2 points 7 months ago

I love these kind of builds, +1!

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

Wow, that's awesome!

Love that HTPC case - very old school :P

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

Nice HTPC +1

 
 
tomaryus [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

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

 
 
Eatin_Sundip 2 points 7 months ago

+1 for great movie.

 
 
cyanghost109 [6 Builds] 2 points 7 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 7 months ago

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

 
 
mrmungro 2 points 7 months ago

<3 Interesting concept. Good job OP.

 
 
billbob44 1 point 7 months ago

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

 
 
Fonnz 1 point 6 months ago

Nice build +1 but maybe a fire hazard?

 
 
mstg2000 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 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 6 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 6 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 4 months ago

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

 
 
mstg2000 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 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 4 months ago

Phewf that's insane thanks for the info :D

 
 
AtomicA 1 point 4 months ago

Good job!

 
 
JamzterS9 1 point 2 months ago

did that CPU cooler come with thermal paste

 
 
mstg2000 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

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

 
 
SpicyPickle [1 Build] -1 points 7 months ago

The power supply is quite excessive.

 
 
bencs25 -3 points 7 months ago

I love these kind of builds, +1!

 
 
bencs25 -3 points 7 months ago

I love these kind of builds, +1!