Gameroom 2.0

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  1. frefan

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    Just starting demolition of the old gameroom. I'll post some pics as the work progresses over the next couple weeks. Should be epic.

    Started with a 20k budget but the AV gear blew through that pretty quickly.

    Any do's/dont's from fellow gamers much appreciated.
     
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    #2 frefan, Feb 6, 2013
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  3. SPEEDCORE

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    Ooooh nice can't wait :)
     
  4. frefan

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    Today we finished:

    1. tearing off the rest of the drywall (what a mess)
    2. ran 3 dedicated 20 amp circuits, couple hdmi runs, network, rg6 for satellite, and 9 cat5 runs for audio
    3. filled the stud bays with styrofoam insulation
    4. rerocked with quiterock
    5. new lighting

    tomorrow tape & texture
     
  5. F430GB

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    Oh wow! I look forward to seeing your finished project. Look forward to seeing it in person too. :cool:

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  6. Schatten

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    Very interested to see how this turns out. I have a small game room that I wish to make into something grand one day.
     
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  8. frefan

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    Thats basically what I am doing as well. Its a small room so I'm trying to maximize the space and experience.

    The gear is still tricking in, should be ready to install in a couple weeks.
     
  9. frefan

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    #8 frefan, Feb 19, 2013
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    Drywall and paintwork is complete. Gunmetal gray ;)

    Gear gets installed March 1
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  10. Schatten

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    How big is the room? And can you do a panoramic picture?

    Still seeking ideas. Dig the color so far.
     
  11. frefan

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    Its only 14x16 but due to some weird spaces its more like 11x14. But you'll see that won't matter much.
     
  12. F430GB

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    That looks awesome Mike! Coming along very nicely.

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  13. frefan

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    #12 frefan, Mar 3, 2013
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    Screen is up!

    Colors appear off (probably my crappy camera). The room is not green, its gray. The back wall is black. The screen is also black.

    Tomorrow I'll position the speakers a bit wider and then start tuning!
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    #13 frefan, Mar 3, 2013
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    These are the colors. Walls are gunmetal and back wall is graphite.
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  16. TheBigEasy

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    Very nice! What is that on top of the speaker to the left? It looks like a tweeter but there isn't one on the right also?

    And is that a screen for a projector? Or a big LCD tv?
     
  17. frefan

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    #15 frefan, Mar 4, 2013
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    On top of the speaker is a set of MW2 night vision goggles. They work well, but I just use them for display.

    The screen is for a JVC 4K projector. I played Halo4 last night and the picture is stunning. It looks almost as good on the 110 as it did on the 60" sharp elite (which is the best picture I've ever seen), and the projector hasn't even been calibrated yet.
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  18. jsa330

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    Nice! Screen dimensions?

    I thought I had a pretty hot gaming setup with new 24" Samsung LED TV and Creative desktop speaker system...reality adjustment!
     
  19. frefan

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    Screen is 110" but for the most part its all relative to your seating position. If you're sitting a foot or two away then 24" is probably fine. I'm 10' back from mine.
     
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    TV serves as desktop monitor and gaming screen - a huge improvement in size and performance over previous 10 year old flatscreen monitor and entirely satisfactory for me. But I do get a kick out of seeing all-the-way setups such as yours. :)
     
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    That looks great!

    4K projector! :cool:

    What brand speakers/specs?
     
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    #20 frefan, Mar 6, 2013
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    I'm running focal 816s for mains, their 800 for a center and their domes as rear channels. I used to run just the domes for my mains at one time, they are amazing for their size.

    For subs I'm running JL Audio fathom 112s. Two of those...

    Still calibrating things, the pioneer elite receiver makes it easy with its graphical on screen configuration and automatic room eq sampling. You make your adjustments dynaimcally using an ipad app.

    You might recognize the equipment rack, Its from home depot. Its an adjustable wire rack, on casters, for about $100. Sure beats the high end rack I used to have. I like it because I can just wheel it out of the closet to get to the rear connections.
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    #21 frefan, Mar 6, 2013
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    Hoping to config game controller soon
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    Just looking at my crystal ball and trying hard to see a future with a trip up the hill!

    Looks great!
     
  25. frefan

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    :D:D:D

    I owe you a call, will be in your neighborhood soon.
     
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    Cool, hope to see you guys.
     
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    #25 frefan, Mar 8, 2013
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    Spent countless hours diagnosing an HDMI issue, apparently NVIDIA drivers don't like Pioneer receivers. I can get picture but no sound. Huge thanks to the guys at OriginPC for figuring it out. I'll need to send audio over optical and video over HDMI, so a bit more cabling is needed at the moment.

    OriginPC running Windows 7, Corsair case w/ Metallic finish
    Intel Extreme Edition Core i7 3970X 3.5GHz/4.0GHz Turbo Hex-Core
    Red lighting
    Frostbyte liquid cooling
    1050 Watt power supply
    Dual 4GB Nvidia GTX 680 GPUs in SLI configuration
    512GB SSD drive an 1TB SATA drive
    tons of memory, hd audio, etc.
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  28. SPEEDCORE

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    I have the same case :)
     
  29. frefan

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    #27 frefan, Mar 8, 2013
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    It's an awesome case. I just figured out there is a front drive bay door ;) pretty slick.

    I have the Lamborghini of mouse & kb. Built like a Rolls Royce tractor!!
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    #28 frefan, Mar 8, 2013
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    KB is great quality but really clicky. I don't use this kb much, mostly for config. Normally I use a wireless micro kb for navigation. For gameplay I'm using a Xbox 360 controller.
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    Dirt 3!

    I still remember kicking butt in the original xbox rally game.

    Sadly my chair and games are getting lonely. You playing the latest F1 game.
     
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    #30 frefan, Mar 11, 2013
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    Halo4 and MW3 Xbox controllers. I like the feel/weight of these controllers and use them even with pc.
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    #31 frefan, Mar 11, 2013
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    I like the turtle beach x41 headphones with Dolby digital and chat volume control. Sound is almost as good as a real 5.1 system. Eats batteries though.
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    #32 frefan, Mar 11, 2013
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    Pioneer elite sc65 has nice game mode. Bumps up surround so you can hear those zombies sneaking up from behind. Kicks up the bass so those grenades really, well, grenade.
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    #33 frefan, Mar 13, 2013
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    After many frustrating hours going in circles with nvidia, I just give up on 5.1 hd audio over hdmi. What a mess. Installing a creative labs sb pro card & driver solved the problem. Fortunately I ran a couple extra cat5 cables, so using a gefen optical over hdmi adapter working flawlessly.
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  36. F430GB

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    Looks like one hell of a setup you have now Mike. This is awesome! :cool:

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    #35 frefan, Mar 16, 2013
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    Halo4 looking particularly well for 720p on a 9' screen.
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    absolutely amazing !
    congrats on a technological tour de force
     
  39. vincent355

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    What? You can't go double digits on the screen? Come on!!!!!😉
     
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    #38 frefan, Mar 17, 2013
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    Hey not ALL of us have 2 of everything ;):D

    Checkout F1 2012. I raced Albert park today, it was raining, lol
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    Did you need to sell the F50 to make that game room? Wow!! :D
     
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    We should race. I've got mine set up.
     

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