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1-THE PLAN

2-PAINTING

3-FALSE WALL

5-AUDIO SNAKE

6-WALL CARPET

8-PROJECTOR

10-RISER

14-CNTR SPKR MASKING

15-CEILING ABSORBER (FRAME)

16-BUILDING ABSORBERS

19-COMPLETING CEILING ABSORBER

20-BUILDING HTPC

21-EXPANDING 8300HD STORAGE

23 - INSTALLING BASS TRAPS

26 - INSTALLING & ALIGNING LCR SPKRS

27 - RECONFIGURING THE FALSE WALL FOR THE NEW 2.35:1 SCREEN

Pg 20 - Building an HTPC
HTPC 16/25/05 - Here are my components assembled before the action begins. After reading a very favorable review on The Tech Report I chose Silver Stone LaScala LC01 case.  Other parts are an AMD 64 3800+ Venice, Thermaltake Silent Boost K8, 2 x 512MB Mushkin 2-2-2 PC3200 memory, Asus A8N-E mobo, Antec NeoPower 480 and Plextor PX-716A.
HTPC 26/25/05 - My purpose here is NOT to give a tutorial on how to build a PC, but rather to highlight some details and components that I personally like. First off is lapping the heatsink with progressively finer "sandpaper" until there is a mirror finish. The smoother the surface in contact with the CPU, the better the metal-to-matal contact and heat transfer will be. I found these very handy and complete lapping kits somewhere on the internet. They consist of 400 grit to 2000 grit wet/dry and a piece of glass on which to perform the process.
HTPC 36/25/05 - After much work and a cut finger I am able to achieve the mirror finish you see here.
HTPC 46/25/05 - I use Arctic Silver III and apply a very small amount. My tool of choice for spreading the thermal transfer paste is a flat razor blade. While not evident from this photo, it is VERY thin.
HTPC 56/25/05 - The Antec NeoPower 480 has no captive power lines other than the mobo power.  You only add what you need.  This makes for much cleaner looking case innards as well - and actually more important - better air flow.
HTPC 66/25/05 - Time to mount the motherboard - let the screwing begin!

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