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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:32 am 
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Location: Shakopee, MN USA
# Video type: HDTV & SDTV
# Type of system: Combined front and backend
# Noise level: I can tell it's on until I play some media

# CASE: Athenatech HTPC ATX Desktop Case
# PSU: Sunbeam / Casegears 580w
# MOTHERBOARD: ECS KN1 Lite
# CPU: AMD Opteron 165 Dual Core (Socket 939)
# RAM: 2 GB DDR (Gskill PC3200)
# CPU HEATSINK: Thermaltake Silent Boost RX K8
# NORTHBRIDGE HEATSINK: Stock w/fan
# CD/DVD-RW: 18X Samsung DVD-RW
# HDD: 300 GB Samsung PATA & 300 GB Western Digital PATA (LVM)
# GRAPHICS CARD: Gigabyte Nvidia 7200 GS PCI-E 128MB
# SOUNDCARD: Onboard Realtek ALC655 6-Channel audio
# TUNER CARD: PVR-350 (SDTV Cable TV recording) / Air2PC .02 revision (two cards purchased on eBay)
# REMOTE CONTROL: Streamzap


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:04 am 
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Just a update to my setup. I installed the new quiet power supply and it made a huge difference. It is the type of power supply with one big 120 MM fan at the top. The computer case I used is a bit different where you mount the power supply in the front instead of in the back. Now I can hear the CPU fan which is not that bad for my taste.

I also added 512 MB more memory to make a total of 1 GB. I noticed that the swap file was being utilized with just 512 MB memory and was taking a performance hit.

I ran out of time last night to setup LVM and the Air2pc card so I am hoping to resume tomorrow after some new TV programs record. I am still waiting on my wireless keyboard and steamzap remote in the mail.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:42 am 
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I got the rest of my items in the mail. I installed the Streamzap remote but was having problems. I followed the instructions from the last post here and it worked after a reboot:

http://mysettopbox.tv/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=13216


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DEVICE="/dev/lirc"


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DEVICE="/dev/lirc0"


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:32 pm 
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Added DVD Writer and different CPU cooler. The machine is just making noise now from the exhaust case fans in the rear. I am going to be trying out a Zalman Fanmate shortly:

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 6835118217


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:58 pm 
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** EDIT **

I replaced my old Nvidia GeForce 6200 LE card that had a failed fan for a new fanless Nvidia 7200 GS. I also added a second Air2PC card. All 3 PCI slots are now filled. Also upgraded from R5E50 to R5F27.

** NOTE - The new video card I installed has a very low profile heatsink. The old video card I used had blocked out using one of the PCI slots. Now I can use all the slots **


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:17 am 
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** UPDATE **

Replaced Logisys power supply with a Sunbeam / Casegears Hush 580w power supply (The old power supply still works...Just wanted a quieter model). Also added two 120 mm intake fans in the side ducts of case. Also replaced the 80 mm exhaust fans with quieter ones.

80 mm Link: Link

120 mm Link: Link

I upgraded the memory as well to 2 GB and see a noticable improvement in watching HD content (Fast forward and seeking are greatly improved).

Gskill DDR: Link


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