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 Post subject: HTPC project
PostPosted: 22.04.2004 19:33 
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Got tired of moving my (huge) computer to livingroom every time we want to watch DVDs so i started to build HTPC for livingroom. I will use old components lying around.

I made one computer to normal miditower case but my family told me it is too ugly in livingroom so i started to search old/broken audio/video stuff enough big and stylish.

Now i finally found it. This is Pioneer A-757 amplifier. Big enough to fit all components in and enough nice looking for my family.

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Pic 3

It is broken and my neighbour was unable to fix it so he sold it to me. Cost only 5€.

Now i start to take all junk out from the case and i will hit u some more pictures later.

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PostPosted: 22.04.2004 19:45 
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that could be a sucses i think :) if you do it whit time and care
hmmm..... my crappy english will cause a real trouble some day :lol:

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PostPosted: 22.04.2004 19:45 
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cool, check out this http://www.moddingpower.de/artikel.php?a=Projekte&s=bEaT|boX

i think u won't understand much, but maybe get some ideas from the pics.
don't forget to let us know about news =D

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PostPosted: 22.04.2004 22:22 
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I'd like to see you use those knobs for volumecontrol and so on, and that lovely hardcore heatsink it has :)

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PostPosted: 22.04.2004 23:45 
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I think i will build small amplifier and use the volume control knob for that. Thise heatsinks will go to another project that is on hold at the moment cause i havent found proper tools to do it yet.

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PostPosted: 23.04.2004 00:27 
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yea that looks like a good case to start with. I was actually thinking about doing one of those myself, but after my current mod is done, im looking into something more creative.

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PostPosted: 24.04.2004 18:12 
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Took a while and some force to take all guts away but finally i made it empty. Pic 4

I cutted motherboard tray out from old case and it fits nicely in the amplifier case. Pic 5 Here u also can c some components i will use.

Outside tha system will stay black but inside of the case will be metallic violet. Color will not be visible when case is closed. I will paint the inside of the case just for fun. She choosed the color :)

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PostPosted: 24.04.2004 22:50 
Here is the PSU i will use for this PC. I cutted the fangrill of and replaced it with less hissy. Also painted it.
Pic 6 Before
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PostPosted: 24.04.2004 22:53 
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Oh. I was logged out for some reason :( Can't remove my typing errors. :oops:

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PostPosted: 25.04.2004 01:44 
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Nice colorcombination for the PSU :)
Orange fan looks nice with that violet casing.

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PostPosted: 25.04.2004 03:47 
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real nice.....i like it. Its going to look good im sure.

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PostPosted: 25.04.2004 16:56 
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i already like it :) this is going to be a sweet mod :) and imo you should buy some of those "pre made" amplifier pcbs which are like 20 or 30 watts per channel to save on time tho i have nothing about fully self made circuits i just learned all the possible problems during pcb making the hard way :)

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PostPosted: 11.05.2004 16:53 
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Some more pictures:

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Pic 9
Pic 10
Pic 11

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PostPosted: 19.05.2004 23:20 
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All hardware installed in the case here. Thunderbird 950MHz, 128+128+256=512MB 133MHz SDR, MSI K7T Turbo2, 15GB HDD, BBA Radeon 64DDR ViVo, D-Link 10/100 card.

After i placed some soft material under the HDD it came enough silent.
System is quite silent but i must make the CPU-fan run slower. Maybe i build fan controller of some kind.

Next i must build cover for the DVD tray hole. i will use tinted plexi.

Pic 12

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PostPosted: 20.05.2004 00:14 
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lookin good.......almost forgot about your mod. ;)

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