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Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC

Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC - PCSTATS
Abstract: Computers are a perfect fit for the entertainment room, and building a home theatre PC is not more difficult than assembling a standard system - as long as you have the right components for the task.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jan 20 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Installing the DDR Memory

Dual channel DDR memory is very simple to install. DDR memory modules (like SDRAM modules also) are keyed so that they will only fit into the motherboard one way.

Once certain of the orientation of the memory, open the levers on either side of the RAM slot and push the stick of RAM straight down into the slot until both levers snap closed on either side of it. This will require some force, but not excessive amounts of pushing.

If it does not seem to be going in with a moderate amount of force, remove the chip and re-insert it, making sure that it is exactly lined up with the slots.

Connecting the motherboard.

One of the virtues of SFF PC cases like the Aopen XCube is that they come with all the motherboard connectors already properly attached, so there is very little configuration to do. If your case does not come with a pre-installed motherboard like the one we use here, you will need to attach the ATX power cord to the motherboard and properly attach the case connectors (the cables that connect the power switch, reset button, LEDs, etc. on the case to the motherboard). Consult your motherboard manual for instructions on this, or see this Beginners Guide on the subject.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS DIY Guide
 Pg 1.  Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
 Pg 2.  Ingredients for a Good HTPC
 Pg 3.  Choosing The Video Card
 Pg 4.  Installing the processor
 Pg 5.  Installing the CPU - Continued
 Pg 6.  Installing the heatsink
 Pg 7.  — Installing the DDR Memory
 Pg 8.  Installing hard drives and optical drives
 Pg 9.  Connecting data cables
 Pg 10.  Installing the video card and tv tuner
 Pg 11.  Identifying and connecting the rear ports
 Pg 12.  Connecting the computer to the TV
 Pg 13.  Connecting the Television signal to the TV-tuner
 Pg 14.  Tweaking Windows XP for TV display

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