Serenity Mini with TV and Sandy Bridge Fix

Built by Ruben on 02/15/11

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Full Specs

Asus P8H67-M EVO
Intel Core i5 2500K QUAD CORE 3.3GHz 95W
Kingston DDR3-1333 4096MB
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner PCI-Express x1
SYBA PCI Express 2-Port SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Card
Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB
ASUS 12x Blu-ray Burner Lightscribe SATA
Antec Mini P180
Seasonic X-560 (SS-560KM Active PFC F3)
Gelid Tranquillo
Case Fans Upgrade Kit (quiet)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
Microsoft Security Essentials [NO SUPPORT]
Warranty: Lifetime Labor, 1 Year Parts

Case Mods
Antec Mini P180 Serenity Quiet Modification Package

Additional Notes

With all the talk about the Sandy Bridge bugs, many people are holding off on their next computer purchase. Though the concerns are legitimate, there are some easy work-arounds that can be implemented to use the platform in truly great new computers. This Puget Serenity Mini is a perfect example of a computer that is quiet, versatile and using Sandy Bridge.

The pictures highlight three key areas of focus for this system. First, you'll notice the SYBA PCI Express SATA card. This is an inexpensive add-on card that provides hook-ups for a front eSATA port and secondary hard drive, working around the Sandy Bridge flaw. It's a simple, easy and affordable fix to the problem.

Second, this system is equipped with a Hauppage WinTV-HVR TV tuner. This add-on card provides TV tuning support for all the features you would want in a home-theater computer. It has dual tuners, each capable of recording either analog cable, over-the-air digital (ATSC), or un-encrypted digital cable (Clear QAM). It is compatible with Windows 7 Media Center for watching and recording TV, and includes a remote control for using those media features across a room without needing a keyboard or mouse. See the pics for details of the remote and rear ports.

Finally, this Antec Mini P180 case is equipped with the sound suppression found in our Puget Serenity line. You'll notice the strategic placement of the acoustic dampening foam in the pictures, but that's just part of the benefit of a Serenity system. Each part is specifically picked out to be incredibly quiet - so much so that the system is more quiet than the sound of your own breathing. It has not been studio recorded, but based on internal comparisons to our Serenity SPCR Edition, we expect it clocks in at under 10dBA.

For more info on any of these features, contact us at sales@pugetsystems.com. We're happy to help!


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