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Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-02-05, 02:09 PM
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Posted By Wayne
Buy some skinny ones - Crappy tire has them.

Buy some skinny ones - Crappy tire has them.
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-17, 12:03 PM
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Posted By Wayne
There is also the Noctua NH-L12 (I think that is...

There is also the Noctua NH-L12 (I think that is the name) that has two fans - if you don't use the top fan it makes it lower profile, so you have some optionality. But it is a bit expensive at...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-17, 11:10 AM
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Posted By Wayne
Scythe Kozuti, Scythe Shiruken and Big Shiruken. ...

Scythe Kozuti, Scythe Shiruken and Big Shiruken. I think ncix carries them.
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-16, 12:47 PM
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Posted By Wayne
My only install issue is that I had to orient the...

My only install issue is that I had to orient the heatsink East-West rather than North-South (I define North as the front of the case and south as the back of the case where the connectors are) if I...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-16, 11:06 AM
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Posted By Wayne
Unless you care about noise, and don't forget...

Unless you care about noise, and don't forget that the "competition" won't fit in a small case:
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-16, 09:53 AM
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Posted By Wayne
I am using this cooler on an 1150 socket CPU. I...

I am using this cooler on an 1150 socket CPU. I am pretty sure that any cooler that fits on 1155 or 1156 will fit on an 1150 socket since the mounting is the same. These coolers don't always change...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-16, 07:54 AM
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Posted By Wayne
Another cooler to look at is the Arctic Freezer...

Another cooler to look at is the Arctic Freezer 11LP - I think it is about 58mm high. You may have issues with the heatsink conflicting with RAM so you might need LP RAM, which happens to be on sale...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-11, 06:40 PM
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Posted By Wayne
You may have to wait a bit - I would try contact...

You may have to wait a bit - I would try contact Canada Computers and NCIX.
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-10, 04:58 PM
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Posted By Wayne
I find the estimate of 50-75W for a motherboard...

I find the estimate of 50-75W for a motherboard to be very high. Here (http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1369-page1.html)is a review from SPCR of the Silverstone ML05 case which looks very much...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-10, 12:32 PM
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Posted By Wayne
I don't understand why you would use a 4X...

I don't understand why you would use a 4X multiplier of the TDP of the CPU. My understanding is that power supplies are slightly less efficient at loads under 20% (see graph below).

My system...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-10, 10:05 AM
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Posted By Wayne
It all depends on what heatsink you are using for...

It all depends on what heatsink you are using for the small case. I have just built an i7-4770K (84W TDP) based system which is in a tiny ISK300-150 case and an Arctic Freezer 11LP cooler since that...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-08, 03:16 PM
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Posted By Wayne
I wouldn't worry about optical drives as they are...

I wouldn't worry about optical drives as they are pretty cheap and most people don't use them a ton these days.
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-08, 02:55 PM
Replies: 360
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Posted By Wayne
FWIW back in December I bought I new Zotac...

FWIW back in December I bought I new Zotac mini-ITX mobo on Newegg.ca since I thought my old one was dead. While the new one was being shipped I fixed the old one by reseating the RAM DIMM. I...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-02, 01:27 PM
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Posted By Wayne
While that is true I personally rarely use...

While that is true I personally rarely use optical discs so the flimsy nature may not matter as much, but if you play rather than burn DVDs that could be an issue.
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-01, 05:05 PM
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Posted By Wayne
For spdif you can likely get a bracket that...

For spdif you can likely get a bracket that connects to an expansion slot with wires to connect in to the header. Do a google image search for "spdif d3h" and you should find it.

For IR you can...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-01, 01:25 PM
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Posted By Wayne
Bluetooth can be useful if you ever want to use...

Bluetooth can be useful if you ever want to use another wireless keyboard, like a Logitech diNovo mini which uses BT to communicate.

I would also highly recommend having some sort of IR control so...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-29, 02:14 PM
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Posted By Wayne
I would endorse the HDHR. They also should allow...

I would endorse the HDHR. They also should allow you to stream live TV to devices like tablets and phones, as well as any PC on your LAN. The tuner can also be shared by any devices on your LAN,...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-29, 02:12 PM
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Posted By Wayne
I agree that Plex should not be bogging down that...

I agree that Plex should not be bogging down that PC. It might just be a case of the initial downloading of all of the library data, including fanart. On a regular basis it should use almost no...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-26, 09:50 PM
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Posted By Wayne
There are places online where you can buy Win7...

There are places online where you can buy Win7 license keys very cheaply. I haven't bought from them yet but Price tag Canada has Win7 Pro download only (no disc) for as low as $80. Assuming they are...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-18, 01:02 PM
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Posted By Wayne
$70 for DDR3-1600 8GB is outrageous? You don't...

$70 for DDR3-1600 8GB is outrageous? You don't want to know how much I paid for my Commodore VIC-20 with 3.5KB of RAM.
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-18, 12:51 PM
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Posted By Wayne
I think the DIY prices are a little higher than...

I think the DIY prices are a little higher than what they could be if you shop around. I bought a 4340 for $100 on Black Friday sales - Boxing day sales will start soon. And if you are happy with...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-17, 11:06 AM
Replies: 360
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Posted By Wayne
Most mini-ITX boards will work - either the...

Most mini-ITX boards will work - either the regular ones or the thin ones. The picture above contains, I think, a regular mini ITX as the thin boards usually seem to contain a DC power connector,...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-17, 09:58 AM
Replies: 360
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Posted By Wayne
Or use a more modest CPU with a TDP of less than...

Or use a more modest CPU with a TDP of less than 60W or so and go with passive cooling. Like the H1.S: http://www.hd-plex.com/images/product/gallery/H1.S/14.jpg
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-17, 09:54 AM
Replies: 360
Views: 54,537
Posted By Wayne
Personally I think the best configuration, at...

Personally I think the best configuration, at least if you watch TV at more than one spot, is a client-server configuration with non-PC clients. The best solution for this was SageTV with their $150...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-17, 12:05 AM
Replies: 360
Views: 54,537
Posted By Wayne
Yes I am pushing it somewhat but we will see as...

Yes I am pushing it somewhat but we will see as there isn't much in the case. If it doesn't work I am out a $70 case that I could always reuse with another system with a lower powered CPU - or I...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-16, 11:33 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 54,537
Posted By Wayne
My CPU is an i7-4770K and it has a TDP of 85W. ...

My CPU is an i7-4770K and it has a TDP of 85W. Add in the power used by the Mobo and SSD and I should have lots of headroom with 150W. Sure this isn't a gaming system but assuming that I can keep...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-16, 11:28 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 54,537
Posted By Wayne
I don't agree that mATX boards are half the price...

I don't agree that mATX boards are half the price of miniITX. My mobo was $70 at Canada Computers - I haven't seen mATX H81 mobos for $35.

The case has a built in 150W power supply. Depending on...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-16, 05:17 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 54,537
Posted By Wayne
Why not consider mini-ITX? I am building a...

Why not consider mini-ITX?

I am building a new desktop and a new HTPC. For both I am using mini-ITX mobos with an H81 chipset. This...
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