Post Subject: Parts for a future HTPC
Posted on: Apr 9, 2008
I received a package today that I've waiting for a week. This package came to a total $84.48 and it covers most of everything that I need for my HTPC. There are some things that I have already but I still need to get a SATA HDD and a 1gig stick of DDR2 PC6400. Now I know that those parts will prevent me from using it but that's okay because I haven't decided on what it's going into. I have a small jeg I could put it into, then a small box of any sort would do the trick. I've thought about building a steam locomotive to put it into and have all of the connection coming out of the cab or under it so that they are hidden by way of the track and the base that it's sitting on. Here are some photos of my package.
So once I start on building the case that this thing will sit in, is the time that I will start a worklog on this project. However this isn't going to start to happen until after I get settled into my new home in Minnesota. So let's just hope that this goes quickly. Happy Modding to ya. <a href=http://profile.xfire.com/em3bilko><img src=http://miniprofile.xfire.com/bg/co/type/0/em3bilko.png width=440 height=111></a>
That is the board I could afford and it was for $72.99. It has a soldered on Celeron 220 (64-bit extension) 1.2 ghz fanless 533mhz system bus. It has a Integrated SiS Mirage 1 graphic engine. The chipset is a SiS662 Graphics and Memory Controller (Northbridge) SiS964L I/O controller (Southbridge). For a expansion it has 1 PCI Slot (PCI 2.2). For the memory portion it has 1 x 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM Module Sockets Support Max 1GB, Support for DDR2 667 MHz, DDR2 533 MHz and DDR2 400 MHz DIMMs (DDR 667 MHz validated to run at 533 MHz only). It's peripheral interfaces are basically the same as it is on a ATX type of mobo. It has enough headers for 6 USB 2.0 ports and 2 SATA and only 1 PATA, just like the newer mobo's. Now for the size of this board. It's 170mm x 170mm in size. Which is 6.692 inches square. Happy Modding to ya.
Today some parts came in for Switchboard but it's not working and I'll have to work on it some more tomorrow. So with these parts I thought about using some on this Mini-ITX. So I had this case and so I had to see if the mobo would fit into it. Here are some photos to show you what I found out.
It fit perfect, even the standoffs were perfect in location. All parts are in and I need some adapters because the 20pin power plug is short and I need to extend it which I have. Plus I need a P4 plug which I have a setup for that also. Here are a couple more photos that I took.'
I figure that I should have plenty of power with the 70 watt power supply when the mobo says's that it only uses 20 watts of power. So that's it for today. Now this isn't a worklog because this is most likely as far as it going to get because I still have to find the adapters which are packed away. So we'll see if I can find these parts. lol Happy Modding to ya.
I am going to now wait till the new Intel Atom boards hit in July before I go and buy anything for my HTPC. They are Mini-ITX, and one has HDMI out, so it will be perfect for my 60" DLP. I think ima cut up a old DVD player that i have that is about 1.5" thick(the reference board for the ATOM mini-itx board was about 1" thick with heatsink.)
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
Future Mods: none for Freshwater. Next build will be all new.
These mini-itx boards are great for keeping the size down. I'm thinking about making a steam locomotive with my board in the fire box. I have a small keg that will make a good boiler for it. Good luck with getting yours up and running soon. Happy Modding to ya.