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Fast & Quiet, the Perfect HTPC

by HighTechCEO • 93,518 views

So I needed a better home theater PC to run My Movies, and this video shows the components, as well as the build itself in high speed. No I cant really build a PC in 2 minutes, its a camera trick.

That looks freaking huge...good thing you can make a smaller one now.
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the radiator in the midle of the case???kkkkkkkkkkkkkk
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indeed almost a third of the price.. but Intel makes your electric bill look cheap compared to the AMD you're using. TDP is 125W at 45nm procedure.. cause still AMD cannot keep up with Intel.
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@johnpatcher Agreed. this biuld is retarded. I built my HTPC with an Intel e5300 and Nvidia GT210 for probalby 10% the cost and it can run any media. Why build a gaming machine if you are only going to watch movies or listen to music? If you are going to fork out this much cash why get the Mac Mini, it small and compact and looks great sitting next your HD TV What a chump
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Whats your solution for having a remote?
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I'm the male pattern baldness he's trying to hide with the hat.
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@workensmart Jep, what a overkill for a HTPC :O
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That's no moon... It's a HTPC! -It's too big to be a HTPC!
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Put up a part two. Walk us through your system.
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@TheFutureLooksGrimm I also use this as my home server, so I wanted it to be very reliable.
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Does anyone know what software he's using on the computer monitor behind him?
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Well done video - really enjoyed it - music surprised me (powerful speakers made me jump - lol). Just looking into an HTPC, pricing and spec'ing components. So far, most of what you put in I would use except like others mentioned - I'd use a quad core and a discrete video card like the Radeon HD 6670 (will run most games on high with no external power needed and is low profile) and I will need an HD TV Tuner card like the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 and Silverstone Grandia Series GD05B case.
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@TheFutureLooksGrimm I also use this as my home server, so I wanted it to be very reliable.
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@DraKarenHorney Glad you found it useful. I use a Crestron Pro-2 controller and several different remotes, ranging from the TPS-6000, the TPMC-8X, 4X, 4Xg, Xpanel, iPhones, and iPads.
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STRANGE MUSIC AT 3:30 IS 9 11 HAPPENING HELLLLLLLLLLLLLP
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lol have the same proc. in my pc it's awesome ;)
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All my HTPC has is 4 gig ram and a dual core A4 and it plays blu rays and rips perfectly. You could actually use DDR2 ram which would be nice cos of the lower timings. Best to use your money on the drives if your gna record loads of TV on it and some nice speakers.
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@HighTechCEO Thanks, i will copy your system but with less CPU. Please, which Crestron model do you use?
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always wondered who uses those cheesy stickers you get with the components...
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Great video but I would have preferred to see it in six or more parts. I hate that fast forward crap Question; Would it be possible to place a videocard in the system, or one like it, for gaming?
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@attentionjuan ... Don't have to be a giant dick. You have absolutely no clue what he uses his htpc for. Your nothing but a chicken shit hater and will probably die cold and alone...This is a fantastic build for someone who is looking to eliminate the need for a front end + back end setup and the speed and performance of this htpc makes for a long lasting build that won't need much upgrade for the next 5 years or more... Great video man keep it up
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@attentionjuan you dont gotta be a dick about it. he's obviously passionate about his build.don't you have anything more productive to say. he took the time to make a vid about his personal likings for a build and introduced a method for making your own htpc. you are socially inept.
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Not necessarily. The air passing through the radiator doesn't heat up as much as you'd think. At worst, it's maybe a degree or two warmer. That's not to say that the radiator itself won't get hot, but even then, it won't really make that much of a difference as long as the case has decent flow. This would be a different story if he had a high end GPU there with a blower fan. A lot of closed loop coolers are mounted inside the case, they're designed that way.
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I have a similar build. Decided on the Lian Li cube. I liked the design. I sometimes wish I had chosen the case that you have in this video. Still thinking about it. The hot swap I have is the Antec easySATA. I'm really disappointed with it. I may switch to what you're using here. Though my motherboard only supports IDE and AHCI. I have an ASUS P7 H55Pro-M, Intel i3 550 stock fan, (2) 2TB HDs, BluRay player/Burner. Idle temps are at 27C, but under load I spike to 62C. So I need a new CPU fan.
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Awesome build. What was the total cost? Why did you go with a rack mount case? would all of that fit in a regular case (my space is limited) What is the software your using for your dvd movies there? Can we see a video of it booting up (I bet it's fast)?
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Hmmm, thats a strange choice to mount the fans inside the housing. That will only circulate the air within the casing. Water cooling is only as cool as the temperature of the air passing through the radiator. Therefore you want outside air to pass through the rad and not internally hot air.
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I think it's overkill. But mann why not if you can afford it? Good job and a nice system(not only as HTPC) Hope you get a lot of fun with it. GRTS
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In fact core i7 980x is much faster than a phenom x6 1100t. The 1100 is as fast as a sandy bridge i5..
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Mind if I ask what you are using the SSD for, and what software you're using?
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Really nice pc! but isn't it a little bit of waste letting all that fine and expensive hardware just play movies?
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a word to the wise place all your movies, music, and your tv card in a linux server. that way you can enjoy all your entertainment from any computer in the house. yes a P-4 computer is just fine a great program is XBMC its free.XBMC can be used with micrsoft as well as linux and other OS systems. So if you have a lot of old tv's and old p-4 puters laying around an s-video hook up for the tv or just use a monitor. dont throw them away it could be another HTPC waiting to be hooked up :) Anthony
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don't put yourself down. i know for a fact that if you trained hard enough, and with a little luck, you'd be able to build a PC in 2 minutes.
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nice but i dnt like the gigabyte/jmicron sata 2 external chipset or secondary have no great perfomance isnt bad, but exist better sata 2 controller.
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@CoolHayward Yes, HD DVD indeed. Check the prices on HD DVD. I have bought hundreds of them for pennies on the dollar and ripped them to "My Movies". It does not care what the original format is.
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still so totally fail for a HTPC...
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@workensmart Totally agree. Overkilled with the admittedly great processor, RAM and case. Although I think its a little strange to get integrated graphics and then still leave room for an actual graphics card, couldn't you have gone for a smaller case. In addition the 400W PSU is going to limit any extras you might want to add.
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wow pretty mice pc but way overkill in my opinion people I know use atom processors or just something cheaper like an athlon II and they get by just fine.
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Mm... It's a video uploaded to a public webpage and we are in an area called "coments" ... Jajajaajjaja
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@IamRickyMartian oh yeah, an HTPC must me smaller than a lunchbox and barely able to play blueray video.... go home kid.
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Is any problem to buy BD Player?
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Is any problem to buy BD Player?
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I calculated $1429 as the total. I think it's an impressive machine for under $1500 ;-) but my budget is about half that amount.
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Some component choices are hardly to understand: why a Seagate 7200.11 hard drive ? It´s anything but silent, a WD Green 1 or 1TB does a much better job! Why this huge, ugly expensive Lian Li case ? An Antec Fusion Remote looks almost like an AV receiver, is cheaper and has a VFD display and a RC bundled. The AMD 1090T is also strange - a HTPC is meant to stream AV content and to watch DVDs/BRs, Youtube clips etc. A Core i3 2105 + AXP-140 and a Noctua Fan are sufficient and supersilent!
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@dvddecrypter It is mounted in a rack, and I use My Movies. It boots in about 30 seconds.
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My HTPC is a 20m HDMI cable and wireless mouse+keyboard. Comp in the other room no noise problems. Full power of a desktop with none of the negatives.
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Anything more than 2 cores is probably not going to be utilized by anything but games. Moreover, the L3 cache on the phenom is unnecessary and again only beneficial for games. Save your money for HDD, RAM or more tuners.
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IS this your main server? What software do you run? Thanks for posting this video.
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Hi, what acoustic dampening material did you use? Where did you get it from? Thanks!
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whats the total on this build?..looking to build my own. not bad, is 400w enough? ..any cons on fanless PSU? thanks.
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I really like this build but what new components can i use now? This vid's from 2010 so there got to be better hardware now? Is it possible for a htpc to be performant enough to play 1080p vid with mpc fast but quiet?
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I know this video is 2.5 years old, but isn't the point of a water-cooled system to carry the heat OUTSIDE the case before dumping it? With the radiator inside the case, all you're doing is blowing the hot air from a different source inside the case, plus a small amount of heat added by the workings of the water pump.
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the corsair h50 rad is not in the ideal place - all its doing is moving warm air thru it due to where the rad was placed - no colder outside air being pulled into the case at all
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Thuban core x6 AMD chips do not compare favorably to Intel's flagship Gulftown core i7. Not even close. Thuban core X6 can match the performance of Intel's non-hyperthreaded four core i7 as far as I am aware.
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@KuriapXia what if you were wanting to record a TV show through a TV tuner at the same time? Or record a bluray/dvd disc? Or all 3 at once. Plus be downloading more media at the same time. I agree 3 or 4 cores would do just fine for watching movies. But 6 cores is also just so much cooler! haha
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My htpc is about 12 times smaller than that and have passive cooling. :-P I guess some ppl just like large cases..
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I like you style of presenting videos, hope you do many more.
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I've usually seen all the motherboards go by color for channels.
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@kamikazeOS The fanless works perfect, and makes no sound at all. I have had no issues at all with the PC.
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Great video, great components, good job! That PC is pretty powerful.
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Hi Robert , thanks for sharing this. Is there a way to get a list of what you have used for this configuration - and I noted that you did not have a TV card installed. I have - maybe a silly question - is there a way to stream the cable through an HDTV system like this one. Thanks again....
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@Giorgio4M Like they say, you can never be too rich or too fast.
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Awesome setup Awesome tech guy
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That's a really nice HTPC, also I like the inside, I like the look of them when people take time and make all the wiring neat, unlike quite a lot of system builders which just ram all the cables in.
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The AMD does not even compare to the intel i7 Extreme...
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No it really is overkill. He's only using it for playing video it already has a 3.2ghz cpu, six cores for watching video? And then he goes and puts a watercooler on it when it doesn't need an overclock, WTF. You don't need anything like as powerful a machine as this for 1080p. Obviously this guy sells computer equipment thats how he can afford to use these components.
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@ShastaHawk Yes, it has plenty of slots for all sorts of cards, even multiple cards.
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@DraKarenHorney I control it with a Crestron control system via TCP-IP.
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@fartamplifer You have me there, I am definitely lacking ion the hair dept.
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@ksgomez Forgot to mention the Corsair 430 W PSU and the Corsair 4GB of RAM. Overall my build is very quiet as well. With all the rebates and discounts, as well as the recycled BluRay and Hotsawp from my gaming PC. I'm guessing I spent less than ~500 bucks.
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@kamikazeOS Fanless has not presented any issues. I have built 2 more of these for the office conference room, and they all run perfectly.
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This complete overkill for a HTPC.
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Do you have suggestions for updating any of the components you've used? I wish to build a duplicate of this wonderful HTPC, but I've noticed the video is about 2 years old. Any recommendations for a newer motherboard or other components? thx, ron
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Actually, he cannot run demanding titles on high settings, because those games take benefit of the GPU (which isnt powerful in this system) and not the CPU, in fact, most games dont use more than 2 cores of the CPU (BF3 and other "heavy" games use 4 cores) so 6 cores for watching HD content is WAY too much overkill.
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wow 3 years later still good htpc.
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thats my gaming rig but with a radeon 6870. i wonder what his main rig is like 0.o
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Loved this v-log. Not that I could afford the build on my particular budget, but there are so few videos that are shot as well as this one. I've never built a computer before, so this was a great way to see it happen from beginning to end. Thank you for the post. Much appreciated!
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Rush 2112 (modified) quote at the end ;)
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