Monday, February 25, 2008

How to Build a Kick-A Media Center

For starters, you need to marry the smartest computer dude ever invented. Once that's done, you can proceed to the next step.
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BIOSTAR TForce TP35D2-A7 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor.

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Motherboard & CPU assembled.
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standoffs for motherboard.
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remove huge fan to get motherboard in.
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Motherboard in.
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power button, front usb and case lights plugged in to motherboard.
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replace huge fan, add power supply.
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lots of ram. G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory.
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Ram in place.
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power to motherboard and cpu.
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the secret weapon. Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GTS TDH GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card.
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will void the room of air if pointed the wrong way.
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graphic card installed, with power applied.
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from computer to tivo.
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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 MCE Kit 1128 NTSC/ATSC/QAM/FM TV Tuner Card w/MCE Remote
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TV tuner card in place
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starting to look busy.
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do you like it loud?
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DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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sound card in place.
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looking really busy.
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hard drives. up top: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA-300 Hard Drive.
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Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA-150 Hard Drive
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a nylon bag for what?
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hard drives in cage.
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cage in place.
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power and data to hard drives.
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forgot something.
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rescued an old cheapie from the bin.
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vent off!
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vent on!
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relocated the cheapie for the short data cables.
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Rosewill R604-P SL 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.
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stickers to increase speed.
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now the real fun begins (installing windows vista).
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Hiding in basement so as to not frighten guests.
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Nathan and Esther said...

You completely lost me after you said 'marry the smartest computer dude ever invented'. I kind of thought you were building a spaceship because I kept seeing motherboard a lot. But I really have no clue what just happened.

The Lund Five said...

I have to agree with Easther. You lost me. It made me have to think too hard. Now my brain hurts. It is a cool TV though.

Anonymous said...

nice, now can you build me one?

Monica said...

Holy Smokes! What did you just say?!

Are you having a get together any time soon? :)

Zachary said...

Dag Burn! That is nice! As one who appreciates such fine workmanship, I tip my hat to you!

rsheedy said...

I should husband built this, not me!! He is the computer genius in the family.

ang said...

i'm pretty sure i have no idea what's going on here...

Anonymous said...

Myth tv boxes rock, I have been wanting to make one for a long time but the funds are not there yet... I am jealous

Brian Smiley

Becca said...

What the !!!! Someone has too much time on their hands. It's nice to see our tax dollars at work. Ha ha

All About M.E.('s) said...



Wow - well, I liked the TV after I got passed all the english? I didn't know and the pictures that I couldn't even figure out what they were!! Strong work - next time I need to build my computer I'll do your step by step!!

Anonymous said...

Your only downside was installing Vista... especially when there are so many "free" versions of XP ;-)

Brian Smiley

Zachary said...

Just one question...what exactly is this "A" to which the "kick" will be directed?

Mark N. said...

All that and no blu-ray? Tisk tisk, but if it's going to be in the basement, that wouldn't make any sense anyways huh? Otherwise not bad, not bad at all.