GeForce GT 430

GT430

Now this is the perfect graphics card for an HTPC, simple, small, powerful, and cheap. Now you can play everything you wan’t through your Home Theater PC without worrying about the machine’s capabilities. NVidia have really made the perfect graphics card with it’s capabilities, 1080p movies without any effort and now in small forms. A few years ago you needed a real powerful graphics card to handle HD movies, and now they can offload the processing to graphics card since its more powerful

Important Bits:

  • 1 GB DDR3 Ram
  • Blu-Ray 3D Playback (HDMI 1.4a)
  • Loss-Less Audio
  • HDMI Audio Playback
  • Small Form Factor
  • $60

PSU Failure

ThermaltakePSU

After four solid years I thought my computer’s hard drive gave up but I was wrong. I thought that was the case intially since after restarting it would only show a black screen. I restarted a few times but no go, so I opened it up and didn’t hear any clicking from the hard drives so I assumed they were all fine. I switched out the graphics card since I had a spare one, but again no go. I didn’t have any other spare parts so I sent the computer over to Professional Computer in Hawally.

They called me telling the Ram is faulty and the Power Supply Unit is faulty as well. That explains it, if there is a problem with the PSU and it doesn’t supply enough power then nothing will show up on the screen, that happened to me before. So they switched it out, and switched out the 2x1GB sticks for 2x2GB sticks adding up to 4GB but only 3GB can work with Windows XP 32 Bit. Got my PC back and everything is working back to normal, I was worried for a little while but now I’m going to back up some of my personal files and I’m thinking about formatting it and installing Windows 7 on it. I can never get enough tinkering of machines, upgrading, installing, tweaking, and configuring.

Windows Home Server – Stage 3

Due to complications with the setup we had to change the server case from the Alienware case to the Thermaltake Kandalf which is large full tower case that handle all the drives I was looking to install. The main issue of the Alienware case was that we weren’t able to install the Silverstone 1200 Watt PSU and the Athena Backplane, they were pushing against each other without allowing any of them to fit in.

The Athena Backplane was holing 5 Sata Drives 3.5″ in the place of 3 5.25″ Drives, so basically 3 CD-Roms for 5 Hard Drives. The PSU fit in the Alienware, and the Athena Backplane fit in the in Alienware case but just not together.

The Thermaltake was the only highquality full tower case available in Hawally at the time that we picked up for 75 KD, and even though it is overpriced the case was worth it and needed to continue our work. So we transplanted everything in the Alienware case to the Thermaltake case. I was dismantling while K was putting it together which was going smoothly.

It took us sometime to take off a few pieces from the Thermaltake since they weren’t needed. The hardware wiring was cleaned up, we removed the extra USB/Firewire/Sound connections of the case to fit the 1200 PSU, its a large one so it takes up space. It fits vertically rather then horizontally which makes things very accessible when connecting all the items for power. We fit the Athena Backplane, and everything was going very smoothly. We removed the LED fans and installed quiet fans on this case, these fans would provide ample cooling by pulling cool air from the front and the back to would pull out of the case. Even though there were four fans (1×120 mm & 3x92mm) running, the machine is extremely quiet, this isn’t even including the fan of the PSU.

Then the wiring came into play, we had a total of 7 SATA connections, and one IDE. Then there was the Addonics SATA controller for more SATA connections at a later point. This will help support a total of 15 hard drives if I wanted to fit them in the machine. Right now I have a total of 7 Hard drives in the machine which are enough to start off with.

After all the hardware configuration we started it up, it started which was good without shorting so everything seemed to be connected correctly. We started the Windows Home Server installation but we were too tired to continue except the next day. When we did continue it was only about mounting the new hard drives on Windows Home Server Share pool. It is going to take some time to tweak everything but overall everything is very straight forward in this machine, can’t wait to fully utilize it. There are still some steps to take.

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