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Build Up your Media LAB PC

With the expansion of video, special effects, 3D animations, and other many
multimedia technologies, hammering out a home theatre system could easily cost up to 5
digits. However, with the upcoming multi-medium HTPC concept, owning a personal home
theatre system is no longer an unachievable dream. All you need to do is to purchase all the
right components, follow this guide, and you are well on your way to building your own Media

Now, please follow our guidelines step by step towards building your own Media LAB
PC! First, we must obtain the following components:

The Components Necessary for Your Own Media LAB PC


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1. HTPC Multimedia Chassis (Includes Media LAB VFD Kit): Thermaltake VB8001BNS

If your chassis does not come with the Media LAB VFD Kit, it is also available separately as
model number A2331 (black) and A2328 (silver).

2. Super, high-efficiency heatsink:

Thermaltake CL-P0092 Silent 775(for LGA775)CL-P0200Silent 939(for K8 939)

3. High-efficiency, low-noise power supply: Thermaltake Purepower 460W W0063

4. LGA775 Motherboard: Asus P5GL-MX

5. Intel Pentium 4 LGA775 3.0 CPU

6. High-capacity hard disk drive: WD 160GB SATA

7. Random-access memory: Twinmos DDR400 512MB

8. TV TunerLeadtek DV2000

9. DVD Dual ASUS 16X DVD Dual

CPU heatsink and memory installation instructions:
Step 1:
Please pull up the ZIF lock on the LGA775 CPU socket gently and pull up the security plate
on the CPU socket. If you use K8 939, please pull up the ZIF lock.
Note: Please do not touch the fins in the socket to prevent static electricity damaging the

(For LGA 775)

(For K8 939)
Step 2:
Hold the CPU and match up the two indentations on the CPU and the socket. Gently place
the CPU into the socket.

(For LGA 775)

(For K8 939)
Step 3:
After correctly installing the CPU, the LGA775 socket needs to be secured by the security
plate, the pull down the lever until the level locks back into place. Finally, spread an
extremely thin layer of thermal paste on top of the CPU surface.

(For LGA775)

(For K8 939)
Step 4:
Please take the Thermaltake CL-P0092 Silent 775 out of the box as well as all installation

About HTPC Heatsinks:

HTPCs not only need to look great, they need to be able to
dissipate heat well and be silent at the same time. The choice of
heatsinks is a very important decision.
The usual household applications are 25dB, in order to keep the
noise as quiet as possible. The Thermaltake CL-P0092 Silent 775
is built for both silence and performance, rated at 21dB, being our
heatsink of choice for HTPCs.

Step 5:
Please align the backplate with the 4 screw holes on the back of the motherboard, with the
black side of the backplate on the motherboard.

Step 6:
Use a screw driver to screw the 4 screws through the motherboard and into the backplate.
Connect the 3-pin connector from the fan to the CPU fan header on the motherboard.
Step 7:
Take the RAM and check the motherboard manual regarding compatibility and installation
locations. Please snap the RAM into the correct RAM slot accordingly.

Chassis and Power Supply:

The outer appearance of the HTPC is extremely important. The chassis need to blend in with
the elegant home theatre environment. The Thermaltake Bach and Mozart are your best
The Bach has a fashionable silver version and an elegant black version for the consumers to
choose from while the Mozart is offered in a high-class blend of black and silver. The detailed
and silky smooth chassis design and the user-friendly interior setup will bring the users a
completely different and modern system building experience. No one should worry about
getting a useless chassis that will not be enough for your robust home theatre setup. With the
state-of-the-art Bach chassis, your home theatre system will never be the same

Front I/O Button & LED VFD Window 5.25 Bay


Bach Front Panel

Dual 6CM fan Ventilation 3.5 drive bay 5.25 drive bay
opening on top

Bach Internal Structure

Button & LED light Front I/O VFD Window 5.25 Bay

Mozart Front Panel

HTPC Power Supply:
Power supplies are measured in watts. Depending on how much power your computer
draws which is dependent on the components inside, the HTPC power supplies not only need
to be high-performance, they also need to be very quiet. Recording high-definition video,
audio, playing DVD, and outputting high quality audio all need the voltages coming from the
power supply to be extremely stable.
The usual HTPC are recommended to use power supplies above 400W in order to provide
sufficient and stable power for the system. The Thermaltake Purepower 460W W0068 is one
of the most suitable power supplies for this application. While maintaining the power up at
460 watts, it is also quiet and solid. The performance and silence of the Thermaltake
Purepower 460W W0068 is an ideal choice for the HTPC.

HTPC are recommended to use power

supplies above 400W in order to provide
sufficient and stable power for the system.

24pin connector 4pin connector

24-Pin ATX and 4-Pin connector for MB

4pin 4pin

4-pin connector for different drive bay

Motherboard Quick-Installation Guide
Please unscrew the thumb screws first and remove the chassis shell.

Please remove the two bridge supports as show in the pictures below.
Please place the motherboard gently into the chassis, align the screw holes, and secure the
motherboard into the chassis with screws.

Double check and make sure all the screws are secured on the motherboard.
Installing the Power Supply
Please take the Thermaltake Purepower 460W W0068 power supply out of the package.

Gently place the power supply inside the chassis and secure the 4 screws behind the chassis
into the power supply.

Please connect the 24-pin connector from the power supply to the Media LABs power
Please connect the 24-pin connector from the Media LAB onto the motherboard.

Connecting the motherboard connectors:

Please refer to the motherboard manual and connect all the front panel connectors from the
Please connect the USB header onto the motherboard.

Please connect the USB connector on the Media LAB.

Installing Storage Devices:
Please unscrew the screw on the 3.5 HDD cage as shown.

Please unscrew the two other screws as shown to remove the HDD cage.

Please slowly remove the 3.5 HDD cage.

Please remove the screws as shown to remove the drive bay covers of the 5.25 bays.
Remove the 5.25 drive bay cover.

Please install the DVD-ROM into the 5.25 drive bay as shown.
After installation, please secure the 5.25 drive bays by screwing on the screws.

Please re-install the 3.5 HDD cage.

3.5 Storage Installation:
Install the HDD on the supporting bridge of the chassis.

Please secure the HDD using the screws as shown.

Please re-install the chassis supporting bridge onto the chassis after the HDD is secured.
Since the HDD utilizes the SATA interface, please connect the SATA cable on the SATA
header on the motherboard.

Installing the TV tuner card

Please install the TV tuner card onto the PCI slot on the motherboard.
Please connect the IEEE1934 cable from the chassis to the TV Tuner card.

Media LAB Installation Instructions

Please install the Media LAB CD into the system

Media LAB Application CD

Installation Screen:

Desktop after Media LAB has finished installing:

Volume Control Bar

Media LAB ICON Tool Bar

The user interface of Media LAB: