Pi-Amp Rev. 6

PC


Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC
  1. The following PC components are installed in Pi-Amp Revision 6 -
  2. Three connections interface between the PC main board and amplifier face plate as shown below.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC Main Board Face Plate Connectors
    • 1 - Connects the three position audio source selector switch (S1) to the front panel audio pin header on the audio card.
    • 2 - Connects the front panel USB port (J4) to the main board front panel USB pin header.
    • 3 - Connects the PC power / reset switch (S3) to the main board.
  3. The Asus P8Z77 main board, with CPU and RAM, and Asus Xonar audio card are mounted in the chassis. The main board is mounted to 3/4" standoffs. These tall stand offs provide extra space to route wire between the main board and chassis base.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC
  4. The standard ATX I/O bracket was not used in this build. The audio card riser bracket is locked in place by the key shown below.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC
  5. The three 2.5" drives are mounted in the bracket using screws that are standard for this form factor.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC
  6. The spacing ensures suffient air gap and the 1/8" thick bracket is a good heat sink.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC
  7. The ATX power supply is installed and power cables routed to the main board (24 pin and 8 pin) and audio card (4 pin). The drive bracket is attached to the face plate. Note the stand off between the bracket and the face plate to prevent conductive heat transfer from the face plate to drive bracket.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC
  8. Three eSATA cables are bundled with cable ties and carefuly routed to the main board. The SSD is SATA-3.0 and the two HDD are SATA-2.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC
  9. Cables are bundled with wire ties close to the ATX power supply.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC
  10. Installed Ubuntu 12.04 on the 60 GB SSD and performed complete system test. I am particulary pleased with operating system performance on SSD. Super fast boot and application launch. 1080p video play back from MKV and MP4 files on 54 inch HDTV through HDMI interface is spectacular.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC
  11. Chasis cover installed.

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC

    Pi-Amp Rev. 6 PC

Pi-Amp Revision 6 is complete