nMediaPC 1800B HTPC
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Here are some images of the new nMediaPC 1800B HTPC I put together. I originally ordered a 250 watt power supply but it was DOA, so I have another on the way. Tested the new parts with a regular ATX power supply, and everything is working just fine. Just gotta wait for the replacement to get here to finish up. Some of the parts, like SSD and DVD burner, I borrowed from my old HTPC. I'm fairly new to Kodi, but a vet at building PC's, so I plan on doing a dual boot using both Windows 10 & Linux. Haven't decided what flavor of Linux to use yet. Gonna experiment with Kodi first and sort it all out. I'm not a heavy gamer, but I love the emulators, so I plan on using the HTPC for Netflix, my HD Homerun CableCard, Amazon Movies, Pandora, and various emulators. I was able to get the Inteset USB Internal Infrared Media Center Receiver installed in the case's infared window by filing down where the screw holes are and using a bit of super glue, and a hot glue gun for good measure. The motherboard only has 1 internal USB header, so I ordered the NZXT internal hub so that both front USB ports and the IR are functional. This will be connected to my 50" TV downstairs.

Complete parts list consists of:

nMediaPC 1800B HTPC Case

Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control

Inteset USB Internal Infrared Media Center Receiver

GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI motherboard

AMD A10-7860K
CPU

8 GIGS OF Mushkin Enhanced Stealth ram

Noctua NH-L9a 92mm SSO2 CPU Cooler


FSP300-60FAG
Power Supply

NZXT Internal USB Hub Controller

Logitech K400 920-007119 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard

2x Logitech F710 Gamepads

ASUS 24X DVD Burner


512Gig Samsung 850-Pro SSD drive


Now onto the images.

First is an image of how I have the IR reciever installed. TOOK A BIT OF HACKING TO THE CASE, BUT IT WORKS!!

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I was worried about clearance so I ordered a Noctua low profile fan. It's whisper quiet and leaves PLENTY of room for the lid and for air to get in and cool it off.

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Here is an image of what it looks like with everything installed. Haven't cleaned up the wire mess yet, because I am, of course, still waiting on the power supply replacement.

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Front of the case with the door closed

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Front with door open

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Rear view

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Closer look at rear I/O panel.. gotta love having dual HDMI!!

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And Finally, pictures of what it looks like inside the TV stand.

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#2
Before I say what I say, I want you to know that I mean it in the best way possible:

I love that this case looks like 'An unremarkable old DVD player'. Smile
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#3
That's actually what I was going for. I have an nMedia Pro-LCD-B which you can see in action here on my main PC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl9Re7eTTbg

I was originally thinking of taking it out and putting it into the HTPC, but changed my mind. I'd much rather have the DVD player. Might change my mind later on and put it in anyway, but then I really have no need for an info screen. I'd rather it was more functional, so I might just swap in a Blue-Ray later on instead.
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I love the case and this is no doubt a well put tgether project: kudos!

But I am wondering what you hope to achieve using all this money that something like a Odroid C2 would not give you?
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(2017-08-08, 11:34)nickr Wrote: I love the case and this is no doubt a well put tgether project: kudos!

But I am wondering what you hope to achieve using all this money that something like a Odroid C2 would not give you?

Well, these two items here:

Quote:AMD A10-7860K CPU

2x Logitech F710 Gamepads

Would leave you with a machine that'll do fairly okay at emulators and light casual gaming. Even a whole slew of PS3/360 era ports on Steam that'd probably run pretty okay.
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What would I gain?

Dual Boot OS's
Steam
LibreOffice/MS Office 365
20 sec boot
Dolphin Emulator plays well enough
DVD player (optional BlueRay)
Classic look (it looks like a regular DVD player)
Dual HDMI
5.1 Surround Sound
Windows 10 (I'm the only one in the house familiar with Linux)
8 USB ports
Charges devices while powered off

Can I do some of those things with Odroid C2? Well, sure, but it wouldn't be as smooth or as pretty. I'd have cables everywhere

Issues that I did run into. The Inteset USB Internal Infrared Media Center Receiver does NOT work with the Ortek VRC-1000 MCE remote. The Inteset is made for MCE remotes, but that's OK, I'll probably just give the Ortek to my daughter with the USB receiver it came with for her computer. It works well enough. For now I'm just using my old Microsoft remote till I get a Logitech Harmony ordered (parts list updated in OP). Also, I originally had a 250 watt PS for it with an extender, but the PS was DOA, so I replaced it with the FSP300-60FAG. The new power supply has longer cables so I no longer need the extender. HOORAH!! Otherwise, it's running like a champ.

The dual HDMI is nice. It allows me to run my 25ft HDMI cable to the desk and drive a small monitor with wireless keyboard and mouse. This makes the unit not only a HTPC, but a compact little workstation as well. It lets me eliminate the laptop I had setup at the desk. Spliting screens means I can watch a movie on the big screen AND surf the web (or even play ZSNES) at the same time all from the same PC.
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Another thing to take note of, this is probably one of the cheapest HTPC cases your gonna find on newegg that will hold a mini-ITX board. You'll have to use a low profile fan, which will probably limit you to a 65 watt CPU, but you have the potential of creating a full blown PC in a very compact setup.

Check out the height on this thing.

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#8
I think what disappoints me about this case is that it doesn't have an alternate variant that drops the optical drive and allows you to use a discrete GPU via a riser. Sad
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I know right. I have a complaint about where the power supply is oriented (unless you use a PicoPSU). I think the motherboard should mount on the left and the DVD bay on the right. You could use a power supply with shorter wires that way, and you wouldn't have to stretch across and around the CPU. If they would have removed the DVD bay, they could have utilized that space for a riser solution to hold an nVidia 1080. But then, I don't think a PicoPSU would run it, I personally wouldn't try it. Like you were observing with the 7860K CPU, it's good for mild gaming. One can search YouTube for what kind of frames it gives you. Considering what my kids play (they both have Autism), I have no need for much power out of the APU for games other then emulator games. Most demanding game they play would be F-Zero GX. I can pull around 50-60 FPS out of it with a 7860k with no other GPU, and that's fine with me.
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