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Old 12-04-2008, 12:07 AM
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Default Built a 'new' HTPC (Video inside)

So I built us a 'new' Home Theater PC with spare parts I had laying around. The specs are as follows:

Intel Core 2 Celeron 430 (Conroe-L) 1.8ghz @ 3.2ghz
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L LGA775 Motherboard
2x 2GB (4GB total) OCZ Fatal1ty DDR2 800mhz RAM
EVGA 9400GT 512MB (DDR2) w/ Accelero S1 installed
Seagate 7200.11 500GB SATA2 w/ 32MB cache
Samsung SH-203B 20X SATA DVD-R/RW
All in a beige Antec mini-tower case

Yup. You read the CPU line right, it's actually being run at 3.2ghz 24/7 (well, when it's not sleeping). And it's doing that with just a very slight bump in core voltage, 1.325v from the stock 1.300v. And it will do 3.6ghz if you pour on the voltage to 1.4v (3.6ghz is TWICE the 1.8ghz stock speed). That 3.2ghz overclock sure brings some punch to a single core Celeron with only 512K L2 cache!

Also I took the stock cooler off the 9400GT and replaced it with my old trusty Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 cooler, and then I hacked up a stock Intel LGA775 cooler fan to fit on the Accelero. It allowed me to overclock the core from 550mhz (1490 shader) to 733mhz (1800 shader). And it will actually do 780/1900 stable, 733 was just my comfort zone for 24/7 operation. Temperatures? It doesn't break 43C under load, and at idle it's like 33C. Oh yeah memory overclocked from 800mhz to 1000mhz.

Vista Media Center is awesome, believe it or not I've never played with MCE before. Not even the XP version... I gotta find meself a good MCE remote now.

This is being used with a 56" JVC rear projection HDTV (720p/1080i) circa 2003.
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