The smallest Blu-ray Home Theater: Intel core i3-540 HTPC

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The smallest Blu-ray Home Theater: Intel core i3-540 HTPC

Post by alek_chen » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:30 am

During Chinese New Year, I went back to Taiwan for vacation.
Playing "Mah-Jongg" is a must in our culture, this is also the only chance I can "gamble" legally under my parents' permission :- )
While I am trying to win some money, our bell rings....this is strange, because all delicious foods we ordered arrived already, what else this will be ??
Beyond my expectation, my buddy Shan sends me a package which included one PC case and some system components......is this a gift for me? how generous!!
Then I notice a small note enclosed, it says : "I got these system from an auction with really good price, and exchanged the case for free from an activity I joined online. Since you are coming back to Taiwan for a while and I am going to Australia for honeymoon with my wife, I think you don't mind helping me assemble a brand new PC :- ) " oh, my god, is this what a good friend for ? I should get a gf soon, otherwise, everyone thinks I have nothing to do during my free time !!!
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In order to keep our "friendship", I have no choice but help him to assemble the PC... (Shan is so damn right, I start to feel bored after playing Mah-Jongg, watching several videos, and eating ....I really enjoy assembling and testing a new PC! ) Anyway, here is the list of components I received from him:
Equipment:
CPU: INTEL I3-540 (32nm)
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MB: MSI H55M-E33
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VIDEOconnector supportsD-SUB、DVI、HDMI
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Solid Capacitor applied , this enhanced stability~
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RAM: Kingston DDR3-1333 2G 2KIT
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ODD: LITEON 4X BD-ROM
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CASE: IN WIN MARTIX
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VIDEO: Batman Begins ( Blueeay disc)
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although this MB has Easy OC Switch design, but the efficiency is only 20% more.
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Without Intel Turbo boost, I have to use BIOS to justify to 4G (with original CPU cooler, this kind of speed is good enough ! )
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installing Power DVD v 8 edition (provided by LITEON DVD )
OK, let's go !
In our house, we have a big screen in basement, my parents love to spend time watching some nice movies there :D
So this is the best place to test the system and watc DVD !
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Look, show time for Blueray DVD !
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Final thought:
I didn't know that Batman fell into a well in his childhood, and that's why he became a BATman !
oops, sorry, I know no one is interested in my thought of movie, ok back to track.

It is exciting to see the performance of Intel i3 with built-in GPU. It helps save the space and budget of a VGA, the most important is that 45 nm reduces electricity consumption. New GPU is capable of decoding Blueray, which makes the movie go smoothly without any lag. It also means to upgrade a normal home PC to a Home Theater PC! I think it is also perfect for playing online games !

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Re: The smallest Blu-ray Home Theater: Intel core i3-540 HTPC

Post by hark » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:40 pm

Cool! The case seems like it could be smaller, though. How tight of a fit is it?

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Post by JMMD » Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:23 pm

Pretty sweet setup. I would agree about the case thought. Seems like an odd choice for an HTPC. Still, very cool setup.

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Re: The smallest Blu-ray Home Theater: Intel core i3-540 HTPC

Post by lolwut » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:20 pm

A real Batman copy?! (kidding)
I agree with above, should have gotten a smaller case too, and using a projector for bluray viewing?

Anyway this is what good friends are for, making you do stuff for them, all is good : )

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Re: The smallest Blu-ray Home Theater: Intel core i3-540 HTPC

Post by eden999 » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:20 am

lol you got put to work =P, btw did you win in majong xD

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