HTPC Equipment

Systems
WINSVR

  • Dell PowerEdge SC1435

  • Dual AMD Opteron 2354 CPUs (2.2GHz quad-cores)

  • 4 x 2GB DDR2-667

  • Dell SAS 5/ir SAS controller

  • 147GB Maxtor Atlas 10K SAS HDD (OS), Seagate 500GB SATA HDD (DATA)

  • Windows 2012 Server Standard


SERVICES

  • WINS

  • WSUS

  • VPN Server

  • Media staging for unRAID

  • Usenet indexing using Newznab Plus


MEDIASVR

  • Intel BOXDH61BEB3 motherboard

  • Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz dual-core CPU

  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1066

  • SuperMicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 2x4-port SAS/SATA adapter

  • SanDisk Cruzer Micro 256MB for unRAID OS

  • 3 x 1.5TB HDD

  • 4 x 2TB HDD

  • 3 x 3TB HDD (1 parity)
  • Corsair CX600 Builders Series 600W PSU

  • 4-in-3 internal hotswap tray cage

  • 2 x 5-in-3 internal hotswap drive cage

  • 1100VA APC UPS

  • Norco RPC-470 4U server case

  • unRAID Pro OS 5.0.4


SERVICES

  • Media server

  • NAS

  • Protected storage


FX-6300

  • Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P

  • AMD FX 6300 6-core 3.5GHz CPU

  • 2 x 4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport PC3-1333

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 1GB

  • Intel 330 Series SSD (128GB) (OS), WD 320GB SATA (DATA)

  • LG GH22NS50 SATA DVDR/W

  • LG-GGC-H20L Blue-Ray/HD-DVD combo drive

  • BFG 650W PSU

  • Antec Three Hundred case

  • Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center x64

  • Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 24" monitor


SERVICES

  • Primary video encoding system


HTPC1

  • Biostar A780L3G motherboard

  • AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black CPU (3.3GHz dual core)

  • 2 x 2GB DDR3-1066

  • Asus Radeon HD 5450 512MB video card

  • Intel X25-E 64GB SLC SSD HDD

  • 256GB iSCSI target drive for TV recording

  • TDK DVDRW1280B DVDRW drive

  • Cooler Master Cavalier 4 CAV-T04 desktop case

  • BTC 9019URF wireless keyboard/mouse

  • Logitech Harmony 520 remote control via MCE IR receiver

  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64

  • Onkyo TX-SR508 7.1 in-wall/ceiling rear surrounds with Polk CSR, R300 LR fronts, and PSW10 sub.

  • TCL 58" 120Hz LED HDTV

  • Gefen HDMI Detective Plus

SERVICES

  • Living Room HTPC


HTPC2

  • Biostar A780L3G motherboard

  • AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black CPU (3.3GHz dual core)

  • 2 x 2GB DDR3-1066

  • Asus Radeon HD 5450 512MB video card

  • 64GB SanDisk SSD

  • 256GB iSCSI target drive for TV recording

  • PLDS DH-16D5S DVD-ROM

  • XION mATX case w/350W PSU

  • Rii mini wireless keyboard/mouse

  • Logitech Harmony 700 remote control via MCE IR receiver

  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64

  • Onkyo HT-R580 receiver with 7.1 in-wall/ceiling surround speakers

  • TCL 46" LED 1080p HDTV

  • Xantech 8110CFL IR receiver w/CB12 IR extender distribution block


SERVICES

  • Bedroom HTPC


TVSVR

  • Dell PowerVault 745N

  • Intel Pentium 4 2.80GHz HT

  • 4 x 1GB ECC DDR400

  • 160GB OS HDD 3 X 1TB HDD in RAID-5 on Dell CERC

  • Windows Server 2008 x86 Standard


SERVICES

  • StarWind iSCSI server for HTPC TV recording storage


MB3SVR



  • Dell PowerEdge 2950 II

  • Dual Xeon X5350 Quad-core 2.66GHZ 8MB cache CPUs

  • 8 x 2GB DDR2-667 ECC

  • 2 x 160GB WD Enterprise SATA in RAID-1 (OS)

  • 2 x 146GB 15K SAS in RAID-0 (MB3 cache/data)

  • 1 x 400GB 10K SAS (iSCSI test volume)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2


SERVICES

  • Media Browser 3 server


Roku 3
SERVICES

  • Living room alternative


HTPC4

  • Dell Optiplex 745 SFF

  • Intel E1200 1.6GHz CPU

  • 2 x 1GB DDR2-800

  • WD Raptor 80GB HDD

  • Slimline DVD-ROM

  • ATi HD2600XT 512MB video card

  • Microsoft remote control receiver

  • Dell 2005FPW 20" LCD w/AS501 Sound Bar

  • Windows 7 Pro x86


Services

  • Rama's HTPC


HTPC5

  • ASROCK E350M1 motherboard

  • AMD E-350 APU (dual-core 1.6GHz)

  • 2 x 2GB DDR3-1066

  • AMD Radeon HD 6310

  • 160GB Seagate Barracuda 2.5" 7200RPM HDD

  • Microsoft Media Center remote

  • Raidmax microITX case

  • Hannspree Xv37 37" LCD HDTV

  • Windows 7 Pro x86


Services

  • Playroom HTPC


HTPC6

  • Dell Optiplex 745 Q965 Express

  • Intel C2D E2140 1.6GHz CPU

  • 2 x 2GB DDR2-800

  • NVIDIA GeForce 210 video card

  • 120GB Seagate SATA HDD

  • HL-DT-ST GCC4244 CDRW/DVD

  • Windows Media Center compatible remote and IR receiver

  • Dell 2007FP 20" LCD w/AS501 Sound Bar

  • Windows 7 Pro x64


Services

  • Guest bedroom HTPC

Filesvr

  • Intel D945GNT workstation motherboard

  • Intel Pentium D 805 CPU (2.66GHz)

  • 2x1GB DDR2-667 2x512MB DDR2-667 (3GB total)

  • 2xST3500630AS Seagate 500GB HDD 1xWD5000YS WD 500GB HDD

  • Antec full tower case

  • Enermax 500W PSU

  • unRAID 5.0 beta 4


Services

  • File and photo NAS

A6-3400M

  • Acer Aspire AS5560-Sb256 notebook

  • AMD A6-3400M CPU (1.4-2.3GHz quad-core)

  • AMD Radeon HD6520G integrated video

  • 2x4GB DDR3-1066)

  • WDC WD50 500GB SATA HDD

  • 15.6" HD CineCrystal LED-backlit Display

  • Microsoft Wiindows 7 Pro x64


Services

  • Desktop replacement notebook

Acer Iconia A200 tablet

  • Dual-core 1GHz CPU

  • 1GB DDR2

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 video co-processor

  • 16GB internal flash

  • 16GB external SDHC

  • 10.1" LCD touchscreen

  • Android 4.0.1 OS

Services

  • Well, it's a tablet

Network
Cisco E2000 wireless router



  • Firmware: DD-WRT v24-sp2 (12/24/10) big


Services



  • Primary Internet router and wireless AP


Comcast ModemServices



  • Blast Plus! w/EDP (48Mbps down)


Dell PowerConnect 5324 24-port managed switchServices



  • Basement distribution switch


D-Link DGS-2205 5-Port GbE Switch (2)Services



  • 2nd floor office distribution switch (rear bedrooms, printer)


D-Link DGS-2208 8-Port GbE Switch (2)

Services



  • 2nd floor distribution switch (attic trunk)


Brother HL-2070N Network PrinterServices



  • Dedicated network printer


Asante Voyager I IP CameraServices



  • Portable wireless IP Cam for security monitoring, baby cam and remote viewing of kids for family :)


SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime

  • CableCard for XFINITY Digital Starter package with HBO :)

  • Client installed on all HTPCs in the house (1, 2, 4, 5, 6).


Services



  • Finally some DVR and premium cable capability in my house.

  • Three tuners


CAT5e CablingServices



  • 7 rooms currently wired for GbE connections.  Finished basement room is used as server room.  Distribution switches in server room (8-port), attic (5-port), basement (5-port) and upstairs office (8-port).


8 thoughts on “HTPC Equipment

    1. Jon Post author

      I’ve had it all for several years now and I don’t really have several thousand to throw at a new TV just to get 1080p.

      Reply
    1. Jon Post author

      1 x pfsense firewall
      1 x unRAID
      1 x 2008 Server
      1 x ESXi Server (1 x Vista VM + 1x 2003 Server VM)
      1 x Personal system (C2Q)
      4 x HTPC
      3 X Laptops/Netbooks

      12 total systems.

      Reply
  1. Mario

    Hello!

    I’m impressed with so many systems for a home use.
    My curiosity is how much did you spend to achieve all this? Hardware + Software.
    Are all your server systems up 24/7?
    And the electric bill! :)

    Reply
    1. Jon Post author

      It was never all at once, so I’m not sure how much it all cost in total. Most systems came about as upgrades were performed on my primary one – I re-use most everything that is serviceable. As far as software goes, not much. My Windows 7 copies all came about via MSDN and other Microsoft promotional programs, so they were practically free. The unRAID and WHS are 24/7. The electric bill isn’t impacted by the systems that much…my problem is A/C – Georgia is really hot this time of year!

      Reply

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