Multimedia PC

Multimedia PC (2007) Design & Construction: Peter Asaro

I built this multimedia computer for my mother in the Fall of 2007. It is designed to be the centerpeice of the home entertainment system for her Chicago condo. It has a TV tuner/DVR and various "multimedia," "digital home" and "home theater" components, most of which turned out to be redundant (too many useless remotes and redundant volume controls, and the motherboard, case and speaker system all accept an mp3 line-in!), but it was a good learning experience. Other components are a Samsung 21" widescreen LCD, Sony Cineza VPL-HS60 widescreen digital LCD projector for the second monitor, Logitech Z5500 5.1 DTS/THX surround sound system, Logitech Harmony 880 universal remote, Logitech diNovo Edge wireless keyboard (very nice), Logitech MX Air Mouse (works as traditional mouse or as a wand).

Main Components:
Motherboard: ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Digital Home
CPU: Intel Dualcore (from Eurosat)
CPU Heatsink: ZALMAN 9500 Copper 92mm fan w/ blue LED (from Eurosat)
GPU: ATI (from Eurosat)
RAM: (4x) 1GB Corsair DDR2 6400 800Hz 4-4-4-12 in matched pairs
Harddrives: (2x) 500GB Seagate SATA2
Optical Drive: LG GSA-H55NK 20x Super-multi DVD-RW
Power Supply Unit: ZALMAN 500W heatpipe cooled PSU (very quiet)
Case: ZALMAN HD260 HTPC Home Theater brushed aluminum
DVR/Tuner: ATI TV Wonder100

Here are the build shots: