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strudinox
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So yesterday I finally sat down and got it all setup! I decided to go with a complete AMD system because of the amazing deals I got on the parts. Cabling was a bit hard due to the small unfriendly case I was working with. And the oversized PSU I threw in to replace the loud 350w PSU the case came with. Once I got it all setup, I installed XBMC and it's playing my awesome library of 1080p movies flawlessly!

The case surprisingly has awesome airflow. It supports 2x 120mm and 4x 80mm. I currently have 1x 120mm on the right blowing into the CPU, and one 90mm on top cooling the GPU. There is a lot of room for the hot air to exhaust, so this fan setup creates a positive airflow system which I wanted.

Temperatures are quite cool. The CPU idles at around 28c and never gets above 40c during movie playback. The GPU is cooled with a passive cooler so it gets warm but not hot. 38c idle and around 55c load.

Case:
COOLER MASTER Elite 360
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119205&cm_re=elite_360-_-11-119-205-_-Product

Processor:
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103675&cm_re=x4_phenom-_-19-103-675-_-Product

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 AM3 (Mostly for Sound options)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128451

Ram:
Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104181

Video Card
ASUS Radeon HD 5450 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121377&cm_re=asus_5450-_-14-121-377-_-Product

Hard Drives:
2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB (Already Own)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148413&cm_re=2tb_hard_drive-_-22-148-413-_-Product

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let me know what you think! 😀

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Topic starter Posted : 14/01/2011 11:31 am
Joe
 Joe
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Looks awesome! How is it? 🙂

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Posted : 14/01/2011 11:44 am
Darken1
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Jedi

I love it! i want one 🙂

What was total cost if i may ask and tell me more about XBMC.

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Posted : 14/01/2011 11:50 am
strudinox
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With all the discounts, it ended up costing around $250.

XBMC is very powerful multimedia software geared towards Home theater computers. It's kinda like windows media center but about 1000x more features and compatibility. You can create custom libraries, and when you import your movies, it has the ability to go online and gather information on those movies or TV shows and give you descriptions, ratings, and other info. It's also got themes and is VERY graphically pleasing. 😀

http://xbmc.org/

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Topic starter Posted : 14/01/2011 12:02 pm
Darken1
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Jedi

Thats an awesome price! 😯

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Posted : 14/01/2011 12:05 pm
strudinox
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Yeah, actually it would have been a lot more. But I already had the hard drives laying around. :tongue:

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Topic starter Posted : 14/01/2011 12:07 pm
Darken1
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Jedi

Is this program only for 32 bit OS cause it won't run in my system. 🙁

EDIT: Plus now i'm going to harass you with a million questions lol.
EDIT2: The download had failed now is installing fine. 🙂

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Posted : 14/01/2011 12:11 pm
strudinox
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Ah nice! Yeah I was pretty sure it would do both 32 and 64 bit 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : 14/01/2011 12:36 pm
Evire
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Ninja

Damn stud. I don't even have such an CPU in my gaming rig :'(

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Posted : 14/01/2011 2:29 pm
Enad
 Enad
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Pretty intense HTPC...:shock:

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Posted : 14/01/2011 3:09 pm
Darken1
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Jedi

It works on my son's computer but it freezes on mine. 😯

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Posted : 14/01/2011 8:53 pm
iiNNeX
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GODLIKE

Thats epic man!

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Posted : 15/01/2011 5:26 am
wierdo124
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Jedi

The quad core is way overkill

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Posted : 15/01/2011 12:21 pm
Enad
 Enad
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But for $250 it doesn't matter!
What website did you use to buy these parts?

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Posted : 15/01/2011 12:58 pm
strudinox
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BOT Admin

i got the parts from newegg. the only reason i went with that quad core was because it was a combo deal with the motherboard. $70 off the two.

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Topic starter Posted : 15/01/2011 2:08 pm
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