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Swynol

Not sure if you are referring to my build or not, but if so, thanks.  I wanna get some Red/Black braided sheathing for all the wires, but I'm kinda nervous about having to cut all my connectors off and re-solder everything to get the sheathing on... I'm sure it won't be all that hard, but something doesn't feel right about taking side-cutters to things I just spent all that money on haha. Otherwise I could just try and do a neat job of wrapping them in electrical tape :)

 

i braided all my cables without cutting them or soldering them. I bought a multitool to remove the pins from the connectors then just threaded the cable through the sleeves. i didnt use any heatshrink, just melted the ends of the braid then pushed the pins back into the connectors. it took bloody ages and im sure i've burnt the tips of my fingers off.

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politby

Here is my new state of the art HTPC [emoji41]

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5 year old Dell laptop with VGA to HDMI converter.

 

I just got a new second TV to offload the home theater and I needed something that could run media browser and DVBLink client.

 

It's old but it is a 2.5 GHz dual core and runs Windows Media Center like a champ. The VGA to HDMI dongle cost about $50 and the laptop was free from work. [emoji1] no 4k though but it does 1080p and stereo audio via HDMI so not a bad cheap stop gap solution...

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gthrift

Look at the back of that dell latitude.  It should have a display port on the back that you can just use a display port to hdmi cable for a lot cheaper and you will actually get better quality and possibly save $40.  My wife's Core 2 Duo latitude E6400 from 2008 and her newer  (2012ish) i5 latitude both have the display port next to the power adapter hole.  

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politby

Afraid mine (2009 E4300) only has the Kensington lock hole. About the same size as a mini displayport but not likely to work :)

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politby

Well as it turned out that VGA to HDMI adapter is probably more geared towards office use, for presentations and such. WMC live TV was a stuttering mess and completely unwatchable. Maybe this old laptop simply is not compatible with this type of converter.

 

So I bought an Intel NUC and the converter is going back to Amazon.

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shaefurr

Way less white, wrapped the PSU cover and front panel in matte black vinyl.

 

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pmac

Here's an update on my rig. I've got pretty much everything installed now that I plan on getting, except for maybe a couple accent lights inside and the odd little thing here and there (I still wanna put some braid on my visible cabling). But I can't decide whether I like the red, or white light better on my NZXT Hue. (Whichever I plan on sticking with, I plan on getting the opposite in a smaller accent light or two, to highlight certain areas inside the case).

 

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shaefurr

From looking inside the case the white light looks better IMO, it shows more of the black/red contrast on your components. Though the red light looks better from the outside like in that last pic.

 

Last pics of mine, new PSU is in so with the exception of the hard drives/case everything is new. Corsair has a great RMA service btw, I was really surprised I had a 7 year warranty on mine, they shipped me a brand new in the box replacement since my PSU fan was wigging out. I didn't even have to fight with them about it, just told them what was going on and the RMA got approved within a day. +20 for Corsair customer service.

 

I still have some frosted vinyl I want to do a window graphic with, just dunno what yet. Also have a ton of black paracord if I ever get around to sleeving :P

 

 

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pmac

@@shaefurr,do you have any issues with heat from having your psu covered like that?

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shaefurr

Nope, but it depends on the airflow setup for your PSU, you obviously don't want to cover up a fan or anything, mine is pointed down so it pulls air from the under the bottom of the case and exhausts it out the back of the PSU. So the cover doesn't obstruct anything.

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shaefurr

kids rebuilt HTPC

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Cerothen

Currently 8x3TB drives in a parity arrangement. SSD for the OS drive and 1.5TB to backup high importance files nightly.

 

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CashMoney

Corsair has a great RMA service btw, I was really surprised I had a 7 year warranty on mine, they shipped me a brand new in the box replacement since my PSU fan was wigging out. I didn't even have to fight with them about it, just told them what was going on and the RMA got approved within a day. +20 for Corsair customer service.

 

Corsair have always been great at supporting their warranties. I remember hearing many stories about it when I was running a PC Hardware site, but one that sticks out from about 7 years ago now is a customer who had a pretty old machine, 1 stick of ram developed faults, so he decided to upgrade whole machine. Sent back the ram anyway, Corsair no longer made the ram for his old machine, told him to send back both sticks and they would replace it with a brand new modern dual kit for his new machine instead.

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sodapop

Rather that have one computer run the entire system I have three - one server, one recorder and one player.

 

Server: HP 6000 Pro with 4GB running W7 64 Pro and an internal Hauppauge HVR-2255 dual tuner card. This system has the Media Browser server on it and runs WinTV v7.2 with the Extend package so the kids can stream live TV to their laptops while in/around the house. It also has the Ceton My Media Center server which interfaces with a Samsung Galaxy SCH-I800 tablet that is used as a remove control for Windows Media Center.

 

Recorder: HP 6000 Pro with 4GB running W7 64 Pro and four external Hauppauge HVR-2255 tuners. This system runs Windows Media Center and has the recording schedule on it. As the name implies, all it does is record and then transfer the files to the NAS.

 

Player: HP 6000 Pro with 8GB running W7 64 Pro, one external Hauppauge HVR-2255 tuners and a Turtle Beach Micro 2 to provide a digital audio stream to the AV receiver. The system runs Windows Media Center with a Media Browser client. The on-board display port drives the video projector, a Mitsubishi XL30.

 

Other equipment in the rack:

Pioneer VSX-524 AV Receiver

OSD SMP60 subwoofer amplifier

Buffalo TeraStation with 16TB configured in RAID5

MasterView CS-138A KVM switch

APC-3000 UPS

 

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Angelblue05

Rather that have one computer run the entire system I have three - one server, one recorder and one player.

 

Server: HP 6000 Pro with 4GB running W7 64 Pro and an internal Hauppauge HVR-2255 dual tuner card. This system has the Media Browser server on it and runs WinTV v7.2 with the Extend package so the kids can stream live TV to their laptops while in/around the house. It also has the Ceton My Media Center server which interfaces with a Samsung Galaxy SCH-I800 tablet that is used as a remove control for Windows Media Center.

 

Recorder: HP 6000 Pro with 4GB running W7 64 Pro and four external Hauppauge HVR-2255 tuners. This system runs Windows Media Center and has the recording schedule on it. As the name implies, all it does is record and then transfer the files to the NAS.

 

Player: HP 6000 Pro with 8GB running W7 64 Pro, one external Hauppauge HVR-2255 tuners and a Turtle Beach Micro 2 to provide a digital audio stream to the AV receiver. The system runs Windows Media Center with a Media Browser client. The on-board display port drives the video projector, a Mitsubishi XL30.

 

Other equipment in the rack:

Pioneer VSX-524 AV Receiver

OSD SMP60 subwoofer amplifier

Buffalo TeraStation with 16TB configured in RAID5

MasterView CS-138A KVM switch

APC-3000 UPS

 

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Gorgeous! So neat.

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JeremyFr79
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Here's my setup, don't laugh at the homebuilt rack (with 7 foot ceilings it's hard to find a rack that will fit at a reasonable price in my area)

 

Dell PE1950 - PFsense Router/Firewall

HP DL320G5P - Domain Controller/DNS

2 Supermicro Servers - File/media severs

Custom Built HTPC - Feeds Theater room on other side of wall

Zyxel Gigabit Switch - Main "backbone"

Cisco Express 500 - Feeds non gigabit connections and provides POE for security cameras

Yamaha Avantage RX-800 - Feeds theater room

Swann/Hikvision Security NVR

20TB of storage currently most in RAID5

6700 KVA of UPS Power

50 Amps dedicated electrical circuits 

 

Theater room is 106" Elite Screens Screen

Epson 8350 Projector

Energy speakers configured in 7.2

 

This is all still very much a work in progress.  The theater room still needs to be built out, will be adding a dedicated transcoding server in the near future, and of course continually adding storage.

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JeremyFr79

Ok, so a "few" upgrades to the rack recently.

 

Top to Bottom

 

Cisco 2960-s 48 Port POE Gigabit Switch

Hikvision Security NVR - 6TB of storage for 6 3MP security cameras on the house.

Belkin 8 Computer KVM

Yamaha Avantage RX-A800 Receiver

APC J35 Power Conditioner and UPS 1500KVA 

Custom Built HTPC - Ceton Infinitv 4 PCI-E, 750GB Storage for recording

Dell PowerEdge 1950 - Router/Firewall running PFsense

2 Leviton PDU's - 15 amp rated

HPDL320G5P - Domain Controller/DNS Server - Server 2012R2

Dell Poweredge R710 - Main Emby Server- Dual X5570 CPU's,48GB Ram, 146GB Raid 0 (Boot/OS) 4TB RAID 5 (6x900GB 10k SAS) Emby Data/Cache/Transcoding - Server 2008R2

Supermicro 2u Chassis - 2nd file Server 6.4TB RAID 5 (8x1TB) 1.5TB Drive additional storage - Server 2008R2

Supermicro 3u Chassis - Primary Storage Server - 6.4TB RAID 5 (8x1TB) 2x2TB drives additional storage - Server 2008R2

Netapp DS14 MK2 AT Fiber Channel Disk Enclosure 13x1 TB Disks running 2 RAID 5 arrays

APC SmartUPS 750KVA

 

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APC SmartUPS 3000KVA and APC Smartups 1500KVA

 

6750KVA total UPS power for the Rack, 50 amps of 120v dedicated electrical service between a 20 amp and 30 amp circuit feeding the rack.

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wiretap
Here's my finalized (for now) Emby backend setup:

 

ESXi Server:

Norco RPC-4220 4U Case

Corsair RM1000 Power Supply

Supermicro X9SCM Motherboard

Intel Xeon E3-1240 Processor

Supertalent 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1333 ECC RAM

Ceton InfiniTV4 PCI-e

3x IBM M1015 SAS Controllers

2x 250GB Samsung Evo 850 SSD's (Datastore and Backup Datastore)

7x 4TB Western Digital SSHD's

10x 2TB Western Digital Green HDD's

5x SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 cables

3x 120mm Arctic Cooling F12 PWM Fans

2x 80mm Arctic Cooling F8 Rev.2 PWM Fans

1x 92mm Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus PWM CPU Fan

ESXi 6.0

VM1: Windows 8.1 x64 w/ MCE + Emby Server + Ubiquiti NVR + SnapRAID

VM2: Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 + PRTG Network Monitor + Backup Management

 

HTPC's:

3 of each...

MSI P67A-G43 Motherboard

Intel i3 2100 Processor

PNY 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Corsair Force 3 60GB SSD

Galaxy GTS 450 Graphics Card

NMediaPC Pro-LCD 5.25'' Screen

Corsair CX430 Power Supply

Rosewill R4000 4U Rackmount Case

Monoprice HDMI to Ethernet Converters to the TV's

Monoprice USB to Ethernet to the IR Receivers mounted under the TV's (power up/down of the PC and control UI)

All HTPC's run Windows 8.1 x64 MCE with Emby Theater

 

The rack:

ProAudioVideo 22u / 1000mm Deep Rack

Belkin PF60 Power Center

Linksys 24-port Gigabit Switch

3x HTPC's

ESXi Server

Custom pfSense router

Asus RT-N16 running DD-WRT (Linux Kernel 3.10.2)

Motorola SB6121

Everything is on a CyberPower 1500VA UPS (about 25mins in a power outage, with PC shutdown scripts via USB)

 

PFsense Router:

Silverstone PT13 Slim-ITX Case

Jetway NF9HG-2930 (Intel Celeron N2930 1.83 - 2.16 GHz Quad Core Processor, 4x Intel i211AT Gigabit LAN, mini-PCIe, mSATA, etc..)

8GB DDR3-1600 Kingston HyperX Impact 1.35v

128GB SanDisk x110 mSATA SSD

60w FSP Power Brick

OpenVPN + Bandwidth Monitoring

 

BSD backup box:

Intel i5 2500k Processor

Gigabyte Z77X-D3H Motherboard

8GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600

90GB Corsair ForceGT SSD [OS Drive]

8TB RAID-Z ZFS

Rocketfish Case

Highpoint DC-7280 Datacenter HBA

1050w Seasonic Snowsilent PSU

PC-BSD OS

 

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shaefurr

moved to a new apartment, 46" looks puny now.

 

still requires some cable management :o

 

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ebr

A 75 would fit perfectly right there ;)

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fantaxp7

I don't think I've shown mine lately.

 

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Recently added that SVS SB13 Ultra.

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shaefurr

A 75 would fit perfectly right there ;)

Yup I think you're right, I think I know what Santa may bring this year

 

Someday I'll get some decent speakers to replace this crappy theatre in a box I have, but living in an apartment on the 2nd floor i think it may have to wait till we buy a house next year :P don't really fancy getting noise complaints lol

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JeremyFr79

So have done some MAJOR upgrades again to the setup.

 

Top to bottom -

 

CIsco 2960S 48 Port Gigabit Layer 2 POE Switch

 

Swan NVR-7250 - Security Camera Recorder - 4TB of Storage.

 

Belkin 8 Port KVM

 

Yamaha RX-A800 Aventage Receiver 7x90 Watts - Run's Main theater room

 

APC J35B Power Conditioner/1500 KVA Battery Backup

 

Main HTPC - AMD A8 7750, 16GB Memory 64GB SSD (OS/APPS) 2x3TB Hitachi Ultrastars (Recorded TV) LG HD-DVD/Blu Ray Drive, Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCI-e & Ceton InfinitTV 4 USB (8 Tuners total)

 

 

Router - Dell PowerEdge 1950 Gen III - (1) Xeon 5148, 4GB Memory, 2x146GB 15k SAS (Mirrored OS) Runs PFSense 2.2.4

 

PDUs - Leviton

 

Domain Controller - Cisco UCS C200 M2 - (1) Xeon X5570, 24GB Memory, 80GB HDD (OS) 160GB HDD (Nighly Baremetal Backups) Bonded Gigabit

 

Emby Server - Dell PowerEdge R810 - (4) Xeon L7555 (32 Cores/64Threads total), 128GB Memory, 2x146GB 15k SAS (Mirrored OS/Apps) 4x900GB 10k SAS (RAID 5 - Metadata/cache/transcoding) Bonded Gigabit

 

Storage - Qnap TS-809U - iSCSI Target - 4x 500GB (RAID 5 - Torrent Work Drives) 4x1TB (RAID 5 - Nightly Backups for all machines on network)Bonded Gigabit

 

Storage - Qnap TS-809U - ISCSI Target - 8x1.5TB (RAID 5 - TV) Bonded Gigabit

 

Main FIle Server - SuperMicro CS-846 - (2) Xeon L5520, 48GB Memory, 1x64GB SSD (OS/APPS), 24x1TB Drives (RAID 50 - File storage, User Folders, Main EMBY Library) Quad Gigabit Bonded NIC

 

Battery Backup - APC Smart UPS 750

 

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APC Smart UPS 3000, APC 1500KVA, Engenius Enterprise Wireless N WAP with 5 watt output, Xfinity Gateway (175/35 Service)

 

This setup feeds, 2 Laptops, 3 Tablets, 4 Phones, 1 Remote Roku 3, 1 remote Roku Stick, a XBOne, Nexus Player, Xbox 360, and the Main HTPC.

 

 

 

 

 

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Luke

wow!

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