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My bits of kit

Postby defrag on Sat May 06, 2006 11:17 am

After a very long, hard, expensive struggle I've finally got a nice stable system that covers everything I need (for now!!!) Here's a list of the kit that sits in my lounge (and gets through the WAF!!)

HTPC:
Hardware:
Silverstone LC18 case
ASUS A8N Deluxe
AMD 64 X2 4800
Thermaltake Golden Orb cooler
2x1GB Corsair TwinX XMS Pro
250GB SATA HD
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS
Hauppauge PVR150
Hitec X-Plosion DTS Soundcard
SeaSonic S12 PSU
MCE Keyboard
MCE Remote (Remote replaced by Logitech Harmony 885)
MCE USB UIRT
Logitech Wireless Rumblepad
Netgear 108mps Wireless Card

Software:
XP Pro SP2
XLobby (1 Installation - 2 skins)
Nvidia PureVideo, FFDShow, Haali Media Splitter (for Matroska/H.264)
Winamp
Zoom Player Pro
AnyDVD (for non region 2 and advert stripping)
Girder 4 (for MCE remote usb/uirt)

TV:
Hitachi 32" LCD (32LD7200)

Speakers:
Jamo A355PDD Home Theatre 5.1

A/V Receiver:
Morantz SR4200

SAT:
SKY+

Media Rack:
Apollo Mezzo Soprano (Sells for about £300 - got it of Ebay for £70, genuine bargain)

Getting all this working in harmony was a bit fiddly and I had to make some comprimises. But.. in short, here's how it all fits together.

The HTPC connects to the LCD via DVI at a resolution of 1360x768 and to the touchscreen via VGA (1024x768) from the same graphics card. I'm running 2 desktops via the latest NVidia's drivers. I run 1 copy of Xlobby but with 2 skins set to different resolutions. I have a small application that will shut down xlobby, change the entries in the xlobby.xml file and restart. This way I can toggle between the two screens.

All sound from the HTPC is sent via SPDIF to the A/V receiver thanks to the wonderful X-Plosion DDL/DTS sound card. I used to run with soundstorm on a Abit NF7 motherboard and didn't want to upgrade until I could get something similar.

TV Capture is all done on the SKY+ box (no point in having it unless your gonna use it!), and anything I need to archive I have to capture via the PVR card using the svideo connector out of the SKY+ box. I use the standard Hauppauge software for this and then use AutoGK to compress to avi.

I have a 1.4TB media server in the house that runs 24/7 that stores all online video/music/pictures (as well as handling work stuff) all media is streamed wirelessly and I hardly ever get video stuttering. (Wireless driven by a chunky Draytek router).

Here's some piccies!! (excuse the wires!!!)

Touchscreen running with milkdrop on the LCD
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Close up of the media rack
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Close up of touchscreen
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XLobby on the LCD (and me in reflection :D !!)
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XPro - The Widescreen 1360x768 Skin
xWOL2 - Wake On Lan Plugin with Network Monitoring
xLiveShout - Live Shoutcast Browser Plugin
My HTPC
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