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    Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    In the second episode of our new series, Nick goes through the components he's chosen for a top end media system build.
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    Re: Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    it looks like the 5570 to me, not the 5770 as you said in the audio
    or is this your n00bieness showing through.


    is there a TV card going in, to make it into a PVR?

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    Re: Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    We have some very cool stuff planned... that's why it's a pretty uber-set up to begin with.
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    "OH OOOOHH oOOHHHHHHHOOHHHHHHH FILL ME WITH YOUR.... eeww not the stuff from the lab"

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    Re: Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    Now, unless you're not installing an optical drive, those DIMMs are gonna be a problem. The optical rests right above the DIMM slots, preventing the usage of large heatsinks.

    Also, why on earth are you guys using an i7 870 for this build? An i3 530 would do nicely for any htpc, as would an Athlon II X2 240 w/ 785G mainboard.

    Finally, the Maximus III GENE... nice mainboard, but absolutely not the one I would pick for this chassis. The reason? Look at those sata ports. They can only be accessed from the side of the board. Anyone who has ever layed their hands on the MicroFusion knows that there is no space around the mainboard to get to those sata ports. You'll want a mainboard that has the sata ports pointing upward.
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    Re: Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    As above, the only thing HTPC was the 5570 - surely you guys had more plausible stuff hanging around ?
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    I Agree, graphics card aside, and with a different choice of chassis, you have a high end gaming rig there.

    What did you do, "Hi Intel/Asus/Kingston, we are doing a media centre build, give us your best shiny stuff"...

    Its a media centre build ffs, wheres the power saving processor, as mention above, the i5 would easily play 1080 content, with out the need for an additional card.

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    Re: Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    Guys... you'll see where we're going with this as the series unfolds... Basically, we're doing a 'game on your sofa and use it as a media centre' build.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
    "OH OOOOHH oOOHHHHHHHOOHHHHHHH FILL ME WITH YOUR.... eeww not the stuff from the lab"

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    Re: Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    In which case you'd be better of with an Antec Fusion Remote and a HD5670.

    Don't get me wrong; I like the general idea of a Media Centre that also replaces your gaming console. So far, your build looks terribly off-balance. That cpu is way too much for the tiny videocard. I'm interested to see what the final build will turn out to be.

    However, my initial concerns about the mainboard and DIMMs remain.

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    Re: Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    Nice one, liking it.
    Am looking forward to Ep 3, presumably installing the hardware, but am really keen to see the software set-up side of things too.
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    Re: Geek Eye for the n00b Guy - Ep2

    I must agree here that the specs are so wrong, however I realise it's down to what you actually get sent.

    Although with all the antec cases they sent you could actually buid a tv cabinet out of them.

    For a media center that doubles as a gaming system, I'd of said you'd want to look at a 5750 at least, esp if you hook it up to a 1080p tv

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