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- T800 - 2011-03-16 15:45
Where everything goes in the case and in what order?
What extra cables do I need?
I've read things about thermal paste....
When it's built do you just run a Windows 7 installer and install XBMC?
Full on newb here!
- bmcclure937 - 2011-03-16 16:21
Not to be rude... but there is far too much to cover here!
Check this link
Some quick pointers. PSU first. Mobo second (be sure you are screwing into spacers, not directly into case).CPU. RAM. GPU. HDD/SSD. power cables from PSU to all components. mobo headers for USB ports, lights, fans, etc.
Thermal paste is used for the CPU. If you are using the stock cooler, it should come with some thermal compound pre-applied to the cooler (or sometimes in a little tube). Any cables should come with your mobo!
Once it is built, install your OS and get it running as desired. Then install software (including XBMC).
- eskro - 2011-03-16 16:27
well theres no really instructions per say..
yes theres a booklet but, barely says stuff...
i've installed the CPU + its Heat Sink Fan +RAM sticks
on the motherboard before placing it in the case.
then installed motherboard securely on the case....
the rest is pretty much plug and play from there....
u dont need xtra cables, everything u need is there...
if u bought a BOX'ed CPU it means everything is included...
no need to buy thermal paste as its already applied under the HeatSink....
makes the job easier
- T800 - 2011-03-16 17:34
No doubt I will be back when I'm ready to assemble.
- grnerd - 2011-03-16 18:49
My head spins at all of the possibilities. I would like to tell you all my situation, and have you recommend a build for me.
I would like to build a dedicated XBMC appliance, that works seamlessly as possible with my current AV equipment. I am dealing with a wife and two young kids that will be using this as well, so simplicity is the key. I feel that XBMC live on a SSD is the right way to go for me.
I will not be using it as a DVR, I will be streaming Netflix, I will want to rip my DVD collection to hard drive and be able to play it, my TV is only 720p, and audio will be piped to the reciever via optical cable.
So much to choose from.... what do you recommend?
- Superorb - 2011-03-16 18:57
grnerd Wrote:My head spins at all of the possibilities. I would like to tell you all my situation, and have you recommend a build for me.What is your budget?
- grnerd - 2011-03-16 19:04
Superorb Wrote:What is your budget?
I would like to keep it on the low range, and looking at the builds at the beginning of this post, I am thinking less than $300 all in. I will be using network storage for my media files, so that is covered already.
I didn't think about remotes either, I have a wmce remote now, but will probably invest in an Harmony when I build.
- T800 - 2011-03-16 19:24
Have you thought about an AppleTV 2?
- grnerd - 2011-03-16 19:31
Not ever. I have been using my old xbox up to this point, but just upgraded my TV and thought I would upgrade my XBMC along with it. What is the advantage to the AppleTV2 over building a new box?
*** Just checked it out, and that does look pretty cool. It may be the ticket for me. I will do more research, but thanks!
- Superorb - 2011-03-16 19:56
grnerd Wrote:Not ever. I have been using my old xbox up to this point, but just upgraded my TV and thought I would upgrade my XBMC along with it. What is the advantage to the AppleTV2 over building a new box?Well, the ATV2 is only $99, runs XBMC, decodes 1080p videos (outputs 720p) and is easy to use. You can also use an old PC with a modern video card to save some cash.