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    HEXUS.reviews :: Origen AE X11 HTPC Enclosure

    With a delivered price of £180 there is no doubt that Origen AE positions it in the upper-end of the HTPC market. Korean-designed, Chinese-manufactured, the X11 certainly has some stiff competition from cheaper models on the market nowadays, so does it hold its own or is it a damp squib?
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    I must say I am glad that the manufacturer replied to point out that although it is a large case, it is in fact of the same size as a decent AV amp. I was very surprsed when you said it wouldn't fit on an AV rack, I have an AVR1800 which sits on my rack with enough room for a CD player to fit on it with spare room.

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    I'm surpised Origen did not comment more on your test components, general purpose PC parts with a hot extreme edition CPU should not be on anyones list for a HTPC chassis styled for the living room. You can do better reviews that this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by errata View Post
    I'm surpised Origen did not comment more on your test components, general purpose PC parts with a hot extreme edition CPU should not be on anyones list for a HTPC chassis styled for the living room. You can do better reviews that this one
    Isn't that the entire point though - throw the hottest things at it and see how it copes? Surely thats better than them having the most low tdp processor on the market and show overly optomistic temperature readings?

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    Kind of agree with Dave but kind of agree with errata.

    someone who made an HTPC out of a P4 would have to be very uninformed

    Also the HSF used with this kind of case would not be a stock intel HSF...if you'vesplashed out on a case this expensive then you quite obviously want the best...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    Isn't that the entire point though - throw the hottest things at it and see how it copes? ...
    Hmm like buying a MINI Cooper and testing it by seeing how fast it goes full of Sumo wrestlers. Only appropriate if your SUMO! Can only compare it to something else equally full of SUMO.

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    Re: HEXUS.reviews :: Origen AE X11 HTPC Enclosure

    Keep mind, though, that demands on Multimedia PC's are growing very rapidly.
    A friend of mine (no, really!) has Vista MCE on a X2 4200+ with 4GB RAM and it's barely holding on...
    Personally, I also have a X2 4200+ and a X2600Pro with 2GB RAM, just to be able to play Full HD videos with a decent frame rate.
    My current case (Cavalier 4) came with a 350W power supply that died within 2 months.
    I now have a 400W ATX Zalman in there, so I can't put the cover back on.

    I'm seriously considering this case myself. (v2 has fixed the bit about the slot covers, BTW)
    My only worry is the noise from my DVD drive not being absorbed by the case.

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    Re: HEXUS.reviews :: Origen AE X11 HTPC Enclosure

    having a single, large, heavy, noisy machine is a very Windowsy thing to do

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    Re: HEXUS.reviews :: Origen AE X11 HTPC Enclosure

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    having a single, large, heavy, noisy machine is a very Windowsy thing to do
    QFT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B View Post
    QFT
    it's true though. my first htpc was a single machine, born in a silverstone lc11, then moved into a coolermaster cavalier to fix the horrible bugs with the lc11 design

    now?

    the plan is a stacker and a mac mini. the former's got room for an 8-disk RAID. the latter has a core2 duo and DVI/optical out, and is trivial to hide away in any tv room

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    Re: HEXUS.reviews :: Origen AE X11 HTPC Enclosure

    Still not got on with doing it then?

    Horses for courses - if you've got the space (and do it right) it can be a lot less hassle in some senses (not to mention not having two sets of hardware running).
    A box the size of a AV amp just wasn't an issue for me - probably because i'm not linuxy enough?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangel View Post
    Still not got on with doing it then?

    Horses for courses - if you've got the space (and do it right) it can be a lot less hassle in some senses (not to mention not having two sets of hardware running).
    A box the size of a AV amp just wasn't an issue for me - probably because i'm not linuxy enough?
    maybe you can afford a bigger house than me O_o

    or never have people sleeping in the living room, who bitch about the noise o_O

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    maybe you can afford a bigger house than me O_o

    or never have people sleeping in the living room, who bitch about the noise o_O
    Or a bigger AV rack.. The Telly has to sit somewhere after all.. Tis not sciencing of the rocket after all.. But you're right - i've never had people sleep in the living room who bitch about the noise - cos there ain't any Nice try

    People serious about home cinema will have a whole bunch of kit to find space for - in my case a centre speaker, sky+, dvd player, AV amp and HTPC sit on the rack. As I said, horses for courses - don't assume that what suits you is perfect for everyone (not that you'd make such a mistake..).
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    Re: HEXUS.reviews :: Origen AE X11 HTPC Enclosure

    Uhm, guys...

    I never said that machine is the only one.
    The media is stored on an Asus WL-500g, which serves it up via samba (for the windoze machine), wizd (for the Pinnacle), and Twonkyvision (for the PS3).
    The machine even copies the data to a second drive at 4am, just in case the disk fails.

    There's also a nslu2 that hosts my important files (documetns / photos ), also with a 2-disk set-up.

    The only reason my mediabox has such a powerful proc is that it has the innards of my former game machine, because the Athlon 2400 in it was not powerful enough to decode Full HD.

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