Assembling my Media Server

Posted by reto on 04 February, 2005 17:05

After the PVR350 finally arrived I started assembling the media server. As I already mentioned I removed the original fan on the mainboard and replaced it with the much bigger Zalman ZM-NB47J passive cooler. Actually there are quite a few people mentioning that it won't fit on the K8N Neo2 without modifications (e.g. cutting some fins to fit beneath the AGP card). Well, it fitted on the board without modifications! (More)

Choosing the hardware for my Media-Server

Posted by reto on 15 January, 2005 19:04

First I indended to buy one of these fancy looking Shuttle XPCs, but after hours of browsing and evaluating, I came to the conclusion that I should stick with a standard ATX case. The downsides of a Shuttle XPC are the proprietary mainboards and powersupplies and the very restricted space for PCI cards. Though they look very nice and are small enough to fit almoust everywhere a compact HiFi system would fit, too.
At the end I decided against an XPC because I doubt those little fans in the back of the case could be anything near silent. Plus there is only one XPC supporting AMD64 CPUs and the only PCI slot the board offers would already be used by the TV Card, which means I wouldn't have the option of upgrading the server with a soundcard later (in case I'm not satisfied with the onboard sound). I ended up with another nice looking, but considerably bigger case from Silverstone.

Here is a short overview of what I put inside that Silverstone case:

Media-Server Requirements

Posted by reto on 05 January, 2005 22:38

Although I have never built a media server before, I have some rather clear expectations of what it should look like and what it should be capable of.
Some may call this a Home Theater PC (HTPC), but I don't like this terminology because it suggests somehow limited use. I don't want my media server to be nothing but a very expensive DVD Recorder/Player...
So, if you're still interested: read on! (More)

Do it yourself Media-Server

Posted by reto on 03 January, 2005 19:37

Something I had in my mind for several month now, is building my own Media-Server. Since Microsoft launched its Windows Media Center, those little Boxes for the livingroom got really hyped. But buying one of those boxes doesn't look like fun to me, so I decided on building my own Media-Server. This is my first entry to the new category called "Media-Server", which will be something like a worklog, containing reports about how I build my own Media-Server. Stay tuned! ;)




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