Monday, January 5, 2009

Component Selection

For the internals of the HTPC, I wanted to use standard parts. Makes it simpler.

For the motherboard, I chose the P5N7A-VM from ASUS. Has a GeForce onboard graphics, HDMI output, etc, etc... There are many reviews out there about them - seemed to be a reasonable choice.




For cooling the CPU I liked the look of the Scythe Shuriken cooler - quiet and low profile.




All the other parts are pretty standard...
2G RAM, Antec power supply.

I searched around the computer malls here in SH to try and find the power switch and front panel USB/Audio connectors. People didnt really seem to sell these things...
Until I fronted up to a shop selling computer cases - and they gave me the internals for free !! :-)
To get the actual front panel switch I needed to actually buy the front facade for a PC case.

5 comments:

  1. How is this working for you? I have trouble with the shuriken on p5n7a. The fan is running very slow, only around 400rpm.

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  2. 400 RPM - means that you have QFan enabled in the bios - this is my guess.
    Disable QFan and it should run at ~2200 RPM.
    You can use FanSpeed, or SpeedFan to control the speed OK

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  3. SpeedFan is what it is...
    http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php

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  4. And also be careful with attaching the Shuriken to the motherboard - I needed to slightly bend the attachment clips to move the fan 1~2 mm so it would miss interfering with the motherboard components.

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  5. Yup, I disabled QFan and then installed lm-sensors and used fancontrol, and it works nicely :-)
    I am running Linux btw.

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