Putting together my new Shuttle PC

Description of my Shuttle PC hardware build

Feeling a bit prodigious, I bought a Shuttle PC the other day (SH55). It totally looks like a toaster, but it’s cool. It’s going to be an always-on HTPC for the living room. I am completely out of the consumer PC hardware loop and ended up getting the i7-860 (1156) instead of an i5. The major, major difference for these two would be the availability of integrated graphics on the i5, vs two extra cores on the i7. Wish I had gotten the i5, since then I would be able to play with the PC immediately…

Shuttle PC - new harddrive, Clonezilla & Windows 7

Description of my Shuttle PC hardware build - part 3

I bought a new harddrive on sale after Cyber Monday to replace the 250 GB harddrive in my Shuttle. It’s a bare drive, which means it doesn’t come with a SATA cable or box. Now I’ve got a total of 2 TB of storage with 1 TB already full. I used my super-difficult-to-open Lacie case (pried it open with scissors) to house and connect the bare drive while I formatted it. This was a time when I really wished I had an eSata dock or enclosure. I did a full format rather than quick; the difference is…

Shuttle PC - Part 2

Description of my Shuttle PC hardware build - part 2

I didn’t read the parts compatibility guide online before buying the RAM and graphics cards so the Shuttle wasn’t working up until last week. Since I couldn’t see anything for lack of graphics and I don’t have another DDR3 compatible machine lying around, I couldn’t test the parts. Shuttle PCs don’t beep on POST so I couldn’t even tell if the motherboard and CPU worked (power and fans worked though). The only way to proceed would be to buy a new compatible graphics card and RAM. It turns out the…