About Me

COMPUTER STUFF

My Computers

AcerNote 350PC

Canon BJC-5000 Windows XP driver

ECS UCR-61S2B

Roland PR-9104

Volcano 6cu+ 60 to 80mm fan mod

PHOTOS

MISC

Favorite Links

Civilian casualties update

 

You can email me at:
carleton@bunchoffun.com

MY HTPC COMPUTER

I recently put this computer together from a lot of spare parts.

This Coolermaster case is great. Sleek look fits in perfectly with other audio/video gear. Being able to use a standard ATX power supply is a big plus, makes it easier and cheaper to replace the PS.

The Fortron power supply is super quiet, I guess having a big 120mm fan instead of those 80mm ones really helps.

The Athlon 1500+ is plenty to play DVDs, Divx, mp3, etc. I don't record from cable so no reason to upgrade the CPU.

R2D2 - HTPC

Case

Coolermaster 620-BX1

Power Supply

Fortron FSP300-60PN

CPU

AMD Athlon XP 1500+

HSF

Zalman CNPS 6000-AlCu

RAM

512MB DDR Kingston ValueRam

Motherboard

ASRock K7S41GX

HD

250GB Seagate 7200rpm

DVD

Pioneer Slot DVD ROM

Networking

USR Wireless 802.11G

Video

ATI Radeon VE 32MB

It was a tight fit but the Zalman flower heat sink does a superb job of cooling. 53C is the average temperature of the CPU at full load (I run the cancer research project software 24/7) with ambient around 22C.

At only C$48, the ASRock K7S41GX motherboard is performing very well. It's stable and the 5.1 sound quality is just fine. The 2 onboard USB headers work with the Coolermaster front USB ports as does the headphone jack.

The Seagate 250GB 7200.8 hard drive is fairly quiet and gives lower temperatures than the 60GB Maxtor I had before. It's also 40% faster than the Maxtor!

My HTPC is linked to my file server by a US Robotics wireless 802.11G PCI card. I've also got the USR 8054 wireless router which is a real piece of crap, even with the April 2005 firmware. Random reboots are too frequent, I don't recommend this router.

No complaints for the clear output of the ATI Radeon VE which you can now find for under C$25 ! It's got dual VGA out plus composite and S-Video.

Overall I'm very happy with this setup. Hopefully it will give me many years of service.

Click on the thumbnails below to get a bigger view of the inside.

Copyright (C) 2002 - 2006 by Carleton MacGregor

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Made in Canada

Canada

Last Update:
22 November 2006

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