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Screw At&t I am building a HTPC!

by reliKBORG



CPU Clock Rate

3 GHz


So I got tired of at&t's crappy service since I moved into a new apartment with apparently very old telephone lines. Knowing the unreliability of Comcast's DVR I decided to build my own and throw in some mild gaming ability so i could retire my Xbox 360. The Build went together very easily, Lian-Li really does make some good cases. The Noctua fans are all great as usual, and the cpu cooler is great and even sits 3/4 of an inch below the top of the case! Win 7 installed without a hitch as usual and the Ceton card is really where the magic is, with the Comcast cable card installed I have 6 tuners to record or watch TV all the time. If anyone is ever thinking about building a HTPC, the Ceton card is a must have if you have cable.

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duramax08 1 Build 4 points 60 months ago

inside pics would be great.

reliKBORG submitter 3 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I am adding a HD next week, so I will upload them then.

JohnTsams 1 Build 3 points 60 months ago

I love HTPCs. I did a budget 350$ one and loaded on XBMC Linux, you should give it a taste. Paying for windows was never my cup of tea.

reliKBORG submitter 3 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

I had a copy of win 7 from a previous build, also the ceton card is only currently supported in WMC.

12allanon1 2 points 60 months ago

+1 for title of post

canders 7 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Nice. Did a similar build over the summer. The Ceton card is a little spendy but works really well. Agree with duramax, some pictures of the inside would be great.

reliKBORG submitter 3 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

Hi I took a look at your build, very nice! Do you think the video card would be a good add to this system?

Electrospeed 1 point 60 months ago

It can't hurt to take a bit of load off the CPU. You don't need a really great card. Getting a silent card like this one will keep noise down.

yourackdisciprine 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Yeah good point. I'm working on putting an HTPC together and I'm wondering; if I was to put in a video card, I could probably drop down from an i5 to an i3?

I'm also with relikborg, screw those dvr boxes from WOW, AT&T and comcast. Me and my friends have all had so many glitchy problems with those boxes.

Electrospeed 0 points 60 months ago

If you're thinking about going with an i3, get an AMD chip. i3's are terrible.

canders 7 Builds 0 points 60 months ago

For gaming you'll probably want some kind of GPU. I chose the GTX760. Overall it's pretty quiet. When the sound is off on the TV, I can hear the fans from the PC. But, they aren't loud and I can't hear them with the sound on. Hope that helps.

Rgreen9200 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Nice build, love the look of the case. Do you think a graphics card with these dimensions (8.3" x 4.4" x 1.4") would fit in there with the ceton infinitv card also? How do you like the ceton card? Also how does the blu ray player fit (looks good), but any problems with the eject button or it lining up?

reliKBORG submitter 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Any video card would be a challenge on this case, thankfully the second pci express slot is x16 so when I add one I wont have to worry about hitting the Ceton. As for the Ceton, I love it, it works wonderfully, I just recently set the 6th tuner to work with my gaming rig and it works great. Thanks to Lian Li's great design the blue-ray drive fits perfectly with no alignment issues.

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olympuse410 2 points 60 months ago


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