The Living Room HTPC
Intel Atom N330 (dual-core)
2 GB of SO-DIMM DDR2 800 RAM
1 TB Western Digital Caviar Green HDD
ECS MD-120 HTPC Barebones with 8x Slim DVD Multi Burner
Encore Component+S-Video-to-USB Video/Audio Grabber
801.11 b/g/n USB Wireless Adapter (still need to buy)
XBMC "Camelot" version 9.11
- using default "Confluence"
Updated 07-13-2010 at 03:56 PM by Acreo Aeneas
Final Build Log
The images that make up 90% of the build log that follows are large, so before you skip off to the conclusion or another page, just give it a few minutes to download all the images. It's well worth the wait.
A Word About Comfort
If you're like me then you sweat a lot when you're couped up in a hot room that could pass for a light sauna. Before you even attempt to start building your next rig, make sure
Updated 07-16-2010 at 12:11 AM by Acreo Aeneas
So I've managed to order everything but the Sunbeam LAN Rig Strap and Bag and CPU cooler. I should have a complete listing with prices I paid and full pictures (and more) sometime next week when I start putting it all together.
Off the top of my head I ordered/have:
500W HEC Raptor R500 PSU
Zotac G31MAT-B-E Motherboard (LGA775)
Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00 GHz CPU
2 GB Crucial DDR2 800 RAM
512 MB PNY GeForce 9600GT
"Project Gryphon" is my first LAN Party oriented rig and is also the most budget-restrictive build I've done to date.
The project's overall goals are:
1) Build a decent performance gaming rig
2) Should be lightweight so it'll be easier to tote around
3) Build it for as cheap as possible
Bearing those three objectives in mind, I also can't stand a loud case, so I'm also aiming for a quiet rig. As for the
Updated 06-22-2010 at 02:39 AM by Acreo Aeneas
Ah the joys of building your own rig! Or in my case, absolute budget-restrictive build for the purpose of toting the entire tower to a LAN party near me (whenever it is I find one). I've already dreamt of having a totable LAN rig and just haven't made to decision to do such a project rig until now. Rather, until now that I have a netbook for mobile computing and upgraded and powerful quad-core desktop rig for when I'm home and tied to a chair.
So with that said, I have some