Linux - (OpenELEC) HTPC Build (with Pics)

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SavellM Offline
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So I have been thinking about what to use for awhile.
Been reading here, and other places.
Thanks to all who helped, esp Eskro and Bluray (you guys are legends)

So this is the list of current parts setup:

Motherboard
Asus ROG Maximus V GENE
Ram
Kingston LoVo HyperX 1.35v KHX1600C9D3LK2/4GX
Blu-Ray
LG CH10LS28
CPU
Intel 2.6GHz 35w i3-2120T
SSD
OCZ Nocti mSATA NOC-MSATA-30G
GPU
Asus GT520 SL/DI/2GD3LP
CPU Cooler
Scythe Kozuti
Case
Moneual 312
PSU
Be Quiet! 400w Gold

All I have left to get is my actual HTPC case.
The Moneual 312 (Its not available until July due to a case refresh)
And the PSU for that case.
CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 420W

Then I will be sorted.

I chose this CPU as its low heat and power.
I dont need much if im using a dedicated GPU.
I had the box on for over 3 hours yesterday, and CPU never went over 45c, and thats with the fan spinning only at 800rpm.

I will post more pics when I get the actual case (July) and finish the build properly.

Right now I stuck it in the SFF HP case that I had lying around the office.

Enjoy:
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mSATA in the holder, its TINY!

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Together in the HP case, its temporary home

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As you may have noticed, I didnt fit the Blu-Ray drive, as it was pushing too hard against the Ram, and Power cables.
So left it out for now, until I get my new case.

See post #26 for more pics!

My full HTPC build log:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=129352
Core i3-2120T 2.6Ghz, 4gb Kingston DDR3, mSATA SSD, Moneual 312 Case, GT520 GPU
(This post was last modified: 2012-07-02 14:27 by SavellM.)
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Looks good.

I like how the box for the BRD is the biggest one.

Asus AT5IONT-I in an A+ CUPID-3 + 2TB Seagate LP + 16GB SSD + Ubuntu + Samba + XBMC

AT5IONT-I Problems? Check out my Motherboard I/O Map for troubleshooting tips.
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nice!

where' did u put the KOZUTI cooler?
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The Blu-Ray box was ontop of the Mobo box.
But ye its pretty large Smile

The Kozuti went back for RMA as there was too much left over junk in the one screw hole.
Causing 2 screws to be stripped.
This seems to be a common problem, as its affected a few people and lots of posts about it.

So I got the SHURIKEN in the mean time while the KOZUTI is being RMA'ed.
It is coming back now, so will keep a hold of it, until my new case arrives.
As there is talk that the Shuriken will not fit in the Moneual case.
If that is right, then I will put on the Kozuti then.

My full HTPC build log:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=129352
Core i3-2120T 2.6Ghz, 4gb Kingston DDR3, mSATA SSD, Moneual 312 Case, GT520 GPU
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right on!
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SavellM Offline
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But so far, this cooler is ace!

My full HTPC build log:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=129352
Core i3-2120T 2.6Ghz, 4gb Kingston DDR3, mSATA SSD, Moneual 312 Case, GT520 GPU
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@save-
It looks awsome.....it shouldn't take much to cool a 35W CPU!

Have you try 1080P and bitstreaming HD audio with just Intel HD2000? I'm just curious how it perform without a discrete GPU. I'm using the i5 with HD2000. It can playback 1080P great, but I don't have AVR connect to it. I cannot try bitstreaming function......

If you haven't setup for bitstreaming, you can check my signature below for guide......

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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What is the boot up time using the SSID ?
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SavellM Offline
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Thanks Bluray, i'll take a look now and get back to you.
I use the optical out SPDIF as my AMP is a bit old now Sad

One of my next things to upgrade.

@Ukstormer, bootup is around the 10sec mark, including bios.

Also Bluray, will the bitstreaming work on OpenELEC?

My full HTPC build log:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=129352
Core i3-2120T 2.6Ghz, 4gb Kingston DDR3, mSATA SSD, Moneual 312 Case, GT520 GPU
(This post was last modified: 2012-04-19 17:24 by SavellM.)
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(2012-04-19 17:23)SavellM Wrote:  Thanks Bluray, i'll take a look now and get back to you.
I use the optical out SPDIF as my AMP is a bit old now Sad

One of my next things to upgrade.
You have an excellent HTPC. You might want to upgrade your AVR to match it, and it's not very expensive either. SPDIF is not going to bitstream DTS-HD and TrueHD. You can check my signature for recommendation.....


(2012-04-19 17:23)SavellM Wrote:  @Ukstormer, bootup is around the 10sec mark, including bios.

That's very quick.....

(2012-04-19 17:23)SavellM Wrote:  Also Bluray, will the bitstreaming work on OpenELEC?
XBMC patches is for Windows only......if you want Windows 7 with license, it is very cheap ($68) from here- Windows 7

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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SavellM Offline
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Hi Bluray.

Thanks for that. Do you know when the AudioEngine will be included into main branch?
As when it does it will soon filter down the Linux and OpenELEC. I can wait for that.
I prefer not having windows and just boot right into XBMC via OpenELEC. And boot time is insanely quick.

I know spdif is old and I really want to upgrade it.
Might have to accidentally break the old one Wink

My full HTPC build log:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=129352
Core i3-2120T 2.6Ghz, 4gb Kingston DDR3, mSATA SSD, Moneual 312 Case, GT520 GPU
(This post was last modified: 2012-04-19 18:54 by SavellM.)
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no official dates sorry
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SavellM Offline
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Meh, worth asking Smile

My full HTPC build log:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=129352
Core i3-2120T 2.6Ghz, 4gb Kingston DDR3, mSATA SSD, Moneual 312 Case, GT520 GPU
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(2012-04-19 18:52)SavellM Wrote:  I prefer not having windows and just boot right into XBMC via OpenELEC. And boot time is insanely quick.
Some can bootup in 20 second with W7, and my very slow E-350 with 3 USB storages attach to it isn't bad either. It can do 38 second, and without all the storages attach to it is in 20's......

You can boot right into XBMC with W7 too, and here is how----- Customizing Windows for XBMC

or you can continue to wait....who know when.....

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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SavellM Offline
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I'll wait as I still need to get a new AMP anyway Smile

My full HTPC build log:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=129352
Core i3-2120T 2.6Ghz, 4gb Kingston DDR3, mSATA SSD, Moneual 312 Case, GT520 GPU
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