Tech, Toys, and Tidbits

I’ve decided to spend my tax return on a pair of new media systems and a projector. Here’s what I’m looking at so far: Projector: Epson 705HD.

  • It’s a nice inexpensive projector that has been getting rave reviews.  It will be perfect for our living room.

Media Server: For the living room – running the projector

  • Mythbuntu front and back ends
  • Will also run rtorrent, rtgui, file services, and the MPD music server.
  • Core i3 530 @ 2.93GHZ
  • 2gb DDR3 1600 RAM
  • Gigabyte GA-H57M-USB3 micro atx motherboard.  It is tiny and has HDMI output from the i3 AND raid5 onboard.  Shwing!
  • 4 x Seagate Barracuda LP 5900.12 1.5 TB drives in a RAID 5 for a total of 4.5 TB of storage
  • nMEDIAPC Red Wood HTPC 8000 ATX Media Center Case (simply beautiful!)
  • Should use ~100 watts total power.

Media Client: For the bedroom – running a 22” monitor (eventually replaced with a 37” TV)

  • Mythbuntu front-end only
  • Zotac IONITX F-E – Dual core Atom/NVidia ION platform
  • 2 GB DDR2 800 RAM
  • Whatever 2.5” drive I have laying around.  Probably a 40 or 80gb from a broken laptop I have laying around.
  • Antec ISK 300-65 case.  About the size of an old-school external CD drive.
  • Should use ~25 watts total power.

I’ll document the build as I progress – I should be starting in about 3 weeks.  🙂 The machines that these are replacing are currently VERY dated and I expect I’ll end up almost eliminating ambient noise in the living room, and should reduce our power usage to about 1/4.  Woo-hoo!!!