took me a while to decide where to put this. do i make a thread on GN and have it filled with cardboard box PC's? Do i do a worklog? what about the case mod gallery and omit the pictures of the lounge setup? In the end i decided a worklog to be best - i did work hard for this, so here it is! Edit: system specs updated. With the new hardware, the power usage is as follows: Idle: 48W 350MB H264 movie: 59W Linpack x64 Load: 81W (23C load in ~18C ambient) Using my snazzy power meter, i learned that the PC uses 1.25 KW/h over a 24 hour period. Judge the cost from your own electricity bill, but that means for me, that PC costs something like 20 cents (au) for every 24 hours i leave it running. (say, $1 a week, or $50 a year) (thats based on my peak electricity rate, since i cant be stuffed mathing it out ) System specs: Athlon 64 x2 4000+ stock @ 1.1v Athlon II x2 240 ( 2.8Ghz 1.08v) 4x1GB 1110MHz samsung ram @ 800MHz 6GB DDR2 1066Mhz ram (@ 800Mhz 1.8v) 320GB Seagate IDE HDD (7200.11) Radeon 3200 IGP Radeon 4200 IGP (dx10.1!) Gigabyte mATX 780G board (HDMI + TOSLINK) GA-MA785GPM-UD2H Motherboard - Dolby encoding, 128MB sideport ram, HDMI 1.3 Samsung 40" HDTV (1360x768) Nexus 'silent' Caterpillar case Antec Basiq 500W (fan modded) Nintendo Wii? (what, its there) Logitech Z-5500 (was on warranty, therefore not in pics) Windows 7 professional x64 The system (not including screen or peripherals) uses about 45W at idle/low use, and 60-90W when watching 1080P videos (higher in software mode than DXVA) i use a mix of windows 7's built in codecs in DXVA mode, and coreAVC in software mode for the few incompatible movies i run into. Pics don't show it, but the system is completely inaudible. all fans are replaced with "silent" models which i then ran at 7v or 5V for even less noise. the lone seagate HDD sits loose on a foam pad that came with the case. even at the quietest hours of the night (4-5am) you can lie on the ground in front of it and not hear a thing despite 2x120mm fans, an 80mm PSU fan, and a 320GB HDD. As for the TV, some people seem to think "a low resolution! ahahaha it sucks lol" and so on. Well i hate to break it to you, but this screen has an awesome VA panel in it that makes TN film LCD's look like garbage. its got 178 degree viewing angles horizontally and vertically - you know why its not 180? cause that means you're side on to the TV. ZERO color distortion or brightness changes no matter the angle you look at it from. And now, the images! TV (with an amusing default windows 7 background), PC, Wii, "spank" the monkey, printer and UPS. Screen aside, the system can keep running for about 30 minutes with no power thanks to the UPS, and low wattage design DVD collection, wiimote location, etc. Its handy to see what you want BEFORE getting off the couch (no idea what that white spot is. my camera is 'snowing' in some images) the couch. the control center - where it all happens. Also, the dinovo edge that i control everything from. that keyboard is more awesome than the PC itself. Stupidly long range, battery life of months, and so on. Also, you can see the empty speaker stands where the Z5500 rears usually go. Internal shot - not the tidiest, but its certainly does the job. having lots of clear space around the components is what helps keep it all cooled in our 45C summer heat. A few random cables (USB headers) are unplugged in the shot, but due to my camera screwing up i cant retake it with them plugged in.