Customize Your AR-1
Starting at $1999.99

Choose your options below to customize your Assassin HTPC, then click "Add to Cart". If you have any questions or need any help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

And make sure to click on the next to each component for more information and suggestions from Assassin!




HTPC Case (or the WAF - Wife Approval Factor)
 Assassin's Word's of Wisdom: We pride ourselves on selecting cases that are economical and functional, but also very attractive. Remember that when selecti... more
 Assassin's Word's of Wisdom:
We pride ourselves on selecting cases that are economical and functional, but also very attractive.

Remember that when selecting a case to keep in mind how large the cases physical dimensions are.  The larger a case, the cooler it will be and the more expandibility options it will be able to hold.

I recommend using the largest case that will fit into the specific space you are putting your HTPC in while still leaving adequate 1"-2" room for ventiliation around the unit.  

All of our systems run very cool and quiet and our cases are specifically chosen after years of research to reflect this while still maintaining an attractive look and feel.

Some Other things to consider when selecting a case:
-The Number of hard drive bays you will potentially require (now and for future expandibility)
-Slim cases require low profile accessories (however, most accessories include this option)
-The size of your case determines the size of your Motherboard. 
-The Size of your Motherboard determines the Number of PCI slots avaialble for future expansion and additions (like tv tuners, wireless cards, etc).  
             M-ITX (mini box case) have 1 expansion slot.
             M-ATX (all the rest) have 3-4 expansion slots.


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LCD 7" Touch Screen (4 Hard Drive Capacity - 500w PSU) (+ $679.99)
LCD 7" Touch Screen (4 Hard Drive Capacity - 500w PSU)

Assassin's Thoughts:

Dimensions: 17.13"x6.9"x15.36"


Boasting a brilliant 7" LCD touchscreen display on the front, this gorgeous case can fit (4) 3.25" hard drives and a 5.25" optical drive plus an SSD.  A bold choice for anyone wanting their HTPC to be as beautiful on the outside as its video's are on the big screen!

*500w Bronze Rated PSU Included*




Premium Deluxe (16.93" x 16.75" x 6.7") w/ 400 watt Platinum Rated Silent PSU (included)
Premium Deluxe (16.93" x 16.75" x 6.7") w/ 400 watt Platinum Rated Silent PSU

Assassin's Throughts: 

With 7 possible internal hard drive bays this case leaves a lot of expansion options for future hard drive additions.  As pretty and sleek as it is big the front panel is void of ugly holes and openings and hides the fact that behind its pretty face is a belly containing a powerful HTPC and a boatload of hard drives waiting for your high end Audio and Video needs.

  



12.1" Touchscreen LCD (10 Hard Drive Capacity - 500w PSU) (+ $1279.99)
12.1" Touchscreen LCD (10 Hard Drive Capacity - 500w PSU)

Boasting a 12.1" HD Touchscreen and the ability to add 8 internal Hard drives, and SSD, and an optical drive.  This machine is the ultimate HTPC case with many options to spare.  With a motorized front screen hiding the optical drive and front ports, this case is perfect to use in places without a monitor or out in full display to show off your ultimate HTPC.

*500w Bronze Rated Power Supply Included*






Processor
Assassin's Words of Wisdom: Perfecting the Media Processor...Introducing Skylake. Skylake continues its predecessor Haswells of finally perfecting the 23... more
Assassin's Words of Wisdom:

Perfecting the Media Processor...Introducing Skylake.

Skylake continues its predecessor Haswells of finally perfecting the 23.976 fps bug!  (Movies are shot at 23.976 frames per second.  And until the Haswells, no processor also ran at exactly 23.976 fps causing every now and then a loss of frame - or split second stutter effect that sometimes was noticeable)

Also, the Skylake boast an upgrade in onboard Intel HD graphics performance that will allow you more flexibility in what it can do and help future proof your system.

So what Speed should you get?

For HTPC purposes, an i3 or i5 processor is what I recommend and will have all the processing power that you need with great graphics capabilties as well if you want to do mid-level gaming.  Our i3 systems can handle (5) 1080p video streams at one time without using more than 20% of the processing power.

REMEMBER THIS:
From a graphics perspective, an i3 already maxes out 1080p quality, so better graphics won't necessarily give you better HD quality movies (it will improve the speed of other processes however)!

However, an i5 and i7 is faster, and will handle processes, large libraries, and multi-tasking much better!

For those on a very tight budget.  The cheapest i3 is a great budget processor that can handle a lot for its inexpensive price tag and is perfect for bare bones and extender systems.

So why upgrade to an i5?:  
1) Possibility of very large media/music libraries (500+ movies).
2) Some processes (ripping, burning, etc.) are faster with an i5.
3) Better graphics capabilities for mid-level gaming (marginal)
4) Possibility of high end computer gaming and graphics card addition in the future.
5) Sense of security (this is honestly why most people upgrade).  Just knowing they have a little overkill on the processor side of things lets their minds rest!
 
So why upgrade to an i7??
1) Possibility of computer gaming in the future.
2) Even faster processes than the i5.
3) Sense security knowing your HTPC processing power is many many times more than what is needed.
4) Reassurance that your HTPC is better than your friends.
5) You want to be able to appropriately perform evil laughs at how amazingly powerful your HTPC is.


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i5 4690k 3.5 GHz Quad Core w/ HD 4600 Graphics (included)
i7 4790k 4.0 GHz Quad Core w/ HD 4600 Graphics (+ $100)

Motherboard
 Assassin's Words of Wisdoms For almost all HTPC purposes, the H170 motherboard will give you everything you need and is what I recommend. If you ar... more
 Assassin's Words of Wisdoms

For almost all HTPC purposes, the H170 motherboard will give you everything you need and is what I recommend.

If you are thinking of doing some advanced computer gaming in the future, or are in need of extras such as an eSATA port, overclocking, dual graphics cards, etc.  Then you might want to take advantage of some of the higher level motherboards that we offer and stup up to the Z170's which have a lot more bells and whistles on them!

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Premium Gold Plated Audiophile Motherboard (included)
Premium Gold Plated Audiophile Motherboard

 Assassin Audiophile: Redefining PC Audio


Assassin Audiophile Systems combine a range of unique features and technologies that are designed to give audio enthusiasts and PC gamers more control over their motherboard audio than ever before.


   

Gold Plated Audio Hardware
Top quality gold plated audio connectors for improved connectivity and long lasting durability. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The ALC898 audio codec is also shielded by a gold plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.

 

Upgradable Onboard Operational Amplifier
Assassin Audiophile's motherboards are the world's first to feature an onboard operational amplifier, allowing users to physically switch out and try different operational amplifiers which offer distinct and nuanced properties that make the audio clearer, punchier and more life-like. Additional operational amplifiers can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.

Gold Plated USB DAC-Up
Featuring a gold plated USB 2.0 port, Assassin Audiophile's USB DAC-Up provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your Digital-to-Analog Converter. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports, which is why Assassin Audiophile's USB DAC-Up takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations and ensures the best audio experience possible.


Nichicon High End Audio Capacitors 
The highest quality Nichicon high end audio capacitors. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion.
All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan. 

Audio Noise Guard with Path Lighting
Featured audio noise guard that essentially separates the board's sensitive analog audio components from potential noise pollution at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting Illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.

High-ESD Protection for USB and LAN (USB 3.0 only)
Advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.

Assassin Audiophile's USB also allows the port to be configured in BIOS for enthusiast system configurations which do not require USB power to the DAC. This makes it suitable for high-end audio enthusiasts building extreme fidelity audio systems.

Gain Boost 
To further optimize the audio experience provided by the onboard operational amplifier, Audiophile motherboards also debut Gain Boost. Gain Boost provides onboard switches to select between 2.5x and 6x amplification modes depending on output device. Most operational amplifiers are capable of providing a high-gain audio output that is ideal for high-end headphones and speakers that have higher impedance headroom. Gain Boost allows users to switch between 6x and 2x amplification depending on the speakers or headphones being used.





SSD (for OS Installation)
Assassin's Words of Wisdom We have tested over a dozen SSD's from a half dozen companies and found that the top 2 performing SSD's in our studies were head and shoulder... more
Assassin's Words of Wisdom

We have tested over a dozen SSD's from a half dozen companies and found that the top 2 performing SSD's in our studies were head and shoulders above the rest.  When SSD failure rates are high in many brands, our research and efforts result in a more dependable HTPC system for you.

If you are unsure of what size to use, a 120GB SSD is a safe bet
(This fits the Windows operating system on it plus a little buffer for any additional programs you might want to add onto it later.)


So why go larger than 120GB?
2 Main Reasons:  
1) The larger the SSD, the faster the read speeds (technically). Larger SSD's allow very fast retrieval of information, much faster than standard hard drives.  Although its not needed for HTPC purposes, some programs might see added benefits of being installed on an SSD's including games and other large programs (drafting/architectural programs etc.)
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120GB (included)
120GB

 


250GB (+ $69.99)
250GB

 


500GB (+ $170)
500GB

 


1TB (+ $469.99)
2TB (+ $819.99)

4TB Hard Drive
Assassin's Words of Wisdom: We have stress tested dozens of hard drive brands for hundreds of hours and only use drives we are completely comfortable with that we know ... more
Assassin's Words of Wisdom:

We have stress tested dozens of hard drive brands for hundreds of hours and only use drives we are completely comfortable with that we know have low failure rates.  Be assured all hard drives are tested before they leave our offices!

So How large of a hard drive should you get?

Although its highly dependent upon movie quality, amount of features, etc.  A standard definition movie is around 750MB-1 GB, a blu-ray can range from 5GB to 25GB depending again upon features and qualities.  That's about 1200 regular definition movies or 250 Blu-ray movies on a 4 TB Drive.

If you are unsure, its always better to allow you room to grow into your hard drive space.  If you are unsure what you need to start with, give yourself a 4TB buffer.  So if you currently have 4TB worth of material, purchase 8TB of storage.  If you have no media, start with 4TB!  


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None (- $149.99)
4TB (1x4TB) (included)
8TB (2x4TB) (+ $150)
8TB (2x4TB)

 


12TB (3x4TB) (+ $300)
12TB (3x4TB)

 


16TB (4x4TB) (+ $475.01)
16TB (4x4TB)

 


20TB (5x4TB) (+ $625.01)
20TB (5x4TB)

 


24TB (6x4TB) (+ $800.01)
24TB (6x4TB)

 



6TB Storage Hard Drive
Assassin's Words of Wisdom: Save space and future proof your system by upgrading to 6 TB hard drives intead of 4TB. more
None (included)
6TB (1x6TB) (+ $250)
6TB (1x6TB)

 


12TB (2x6TB) (+ $500)
12TB (2x6TB)

 


18TB (3x6TB) (+ $750)
18TB (3x6TB)

 


24TB (4x6TB) (+ $1000)
24TB (4x6TB)

 


30TB (5x6TB) (+ $1250)
30TB (5x6TB)

 


36TB (6x6TB) (+ $1500)
36TB (6x6TB)

 



 
AR-1 Totally Silent Storage Conversion
Hate audio noise?  Want your system to be completely silent but demand lots of storage? The Totally Silent Storage Conversion will convert all your spinning hard dri... more
Hate audio noise? 

Want your system to be completely silent but demand lots of storage?

The Totally Silent Storage Conversion will convert all your spinning hard drives to be completely silent 1 TB SSD's! less
No Thanks, I'll use Standard Drives (included)
Silent Setup with 512GB SSD Storage (+ $99.99)
Silent Setup w/ 1 TB SSD Storage (+ $249.99)
Silent Setup w/ 2 TB SSD Storage (+ $599.99)
Silent Setup w/ 3 TB SSD Storage (+ $949.99)
Silent Setup w/ 4 TB SSD Storage (+ $1299.99)
Silent Setup w/ 5 TB SSD Storage (+ $1649.99)
Silent Setup w/ 6 TB SSD Storage (+ $1999.99)
Silent Setup w/ 7 TB SSD Storage (+ $2349.99)
Silent Setup w/ 8 TB SSD Storage (+ $2699.99)

RAM (DDR4)
Assassin's Words of Wisdom For basic HTPC purposes 4GB or RAM is plenty of RAM.   However this is one of those times when I never take my own advice... more
Assassin's Words of Wisdom

For basic HTPC purposes 4GB or RAM is plenty of RAM.  

However this is one of those times when I never take my own advice because for the low cost to double your RAM to 8GB, it's an easy decision.  

Whether you will use it or not in your HTPC might be debateable but no one will debate that this is the best upgrade that can be purchased for the price (If nothing else for the sake of knowing you have RAM overkill in your system to handle whatever the future might bring).

I'd recommend 8GB for the sake of future proofing and because its so inexpensive even though 4GB is technically all that is needed.
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4GB (- $54)
4GB

 


8GB (included)
8GB

 


16GB (+ $86)
16GB

 



Optical Drive
Assassin's Words of Wisdom: Remember that Windows OS does not natively support blu-ray playback!  So this means you cannot just take a blu-ray disc from off your s... more
Assassin's Words of Wisdom:

Remember that Windows OS does not natively support blu-ray playback!  So this means you cannot just take a blu-ray disc from off your shelf at home and pop it into the system and begin watching it.  

So you are left with 2 options for viewing your blu-ray media.  
1) Buy additional blu-ray software (typically $100)
2) Rip your blu-rays onto your HTPC for permanent storage by converting them to MKV format (without losing any audio or video quality).  This is a very simple task, takes only about 30 mins and we offer a guide for free on how to do it on the free guides section of our blog.  

To rip a blu-ray onto your hard drive, only a blu-ray drive is needed, not a burner.  A burner is needed if you want to burn your blu-ray videos that are on your HTPC onto a blu-ray discs.


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None (- $60)
DVD-RW (- $30)
DVD-RW

 


Blu-ray Drive* (included)
Blu-ray Drive*

 


Blu-ray Burner* (+ $35)
Blu-ray Burner*

 



 
Lifetime 1Stream TV Subscription (100+ LIVE TV Channels for FREE!)
Lifetime Subscription to 1 STREAM TV Gives You Access to the following Channels!!&... more
Lifetime Subscription to 1 STREAM TV Gives You Access to the following Channels!! 

ENTERTAINMENT:

A & E
ABC

ABC SPARK
CMT
FOX CRIME USA
FOX CRIME UK HD
FOX LIFE HD
FX

MTV 2
SCIFY
TBS
AMC HD
BRAVO HD
CBS REALITY HD
E! HD
FASHION  HD

FOOD NETWORK
FOX 1 HD
FOX MOVIES HD
GSN HD
ITV 4
MTV HD
OWN HD
SKY DISNEY HD

SLICE HD
SONY ENT.
TLC HD
TNT HD
TRUTV HD
USA HD
VEVO
VH1 HD

 



DOCUMENTARY:

ANIMAL PLANET HD
DISCOVERY HD

HGTV HD
HISTORY HD

HISTORY 2 HD
NAT. GEO HD

NAT. GEO
NAT. GEO WILD


 

MOVIES:

CINESTAR HD
CINEMAX WEST
CINEMAX EAST HD
FOX MOVIES UK HD
HBO HD

 

HBO EAST HD
HBO 2
HBO COMEDY
HBO SIGNATURE
THE MOVIE CHANNEL
SHOWTIME EAST HD

 

SKY ACTION HD
SKY COMEDY HD
SKY CRIME
SKY DRAMA HD
SKY DRAMA AND ROMA
SKY PREMIERE HD
SKY SCI-FI AND HORROR

SKY SELECT HD
SKY SHOWCASE HD
SKY THRILLER HD
STAR MOVIES
STARZ EAST HD

 


  

NEWS:

AAJ TAK
CNBC

CNN
CTV NEWS

KTLA 5 HD
MSNBC HD

THE WEATHER NETWORK


  SPORTS:

AT THE RACES
BEIN SPORTS
BOX NATION
BRITISH EUROSPORT
BT SPORT 1
BT SPORT 2
BT SPORT EUROPE
CBS SPORTS HD
CTH STADIUM
ESPN USA HD
ESPN 2
FIGHT

FIGHT HD

 

FOX SPORTS 2 HD
GOLF HD
MOTORS TV
MUTV
NBA TV HD
NFL CHANNEL HD
NFL NETWORK HD
PREMIER SPORTS
RACING UK
SETANTA IRELAND
SKY SPORTS 1-5

SKY SPORTS F1

 

SKY SPORTS NEWS
SONY ESPN
SPORTKLUB 2
SPORTKLUB 3
SPORTSNET EAST
SPORTSNET ONE
SPORTSNET 360 HD
SPORTSNET WORLD HD
SKY SPORTS IP HD

BT SPORTS 1 HD
BT SPORTS 2 HD
SKY SPORTS AQ HD

 

SKY SPORTS 1-5 HD HD
SKY SPORTS F1 AQ HD
SKY SPORTS NEW AQ
SONY SIX
STAR SPORTS 1 HD
STAR SPORTS 2 HD 
TSN 1-5 HD
W NETWORK HD
WWE NETWORK HD

 


 

KIDS:

·         CARTOON NETWORK
CARTOON NETWORK HD

DISNEY CHANNEL
DISNEY USA
DISNEY XD

NICK JR. USA HD
NICK MT HD



INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS:

CANADIAN

HBO EAST
OLN HD

SUPER CHANNEL 1-4 HD

YTV HD

INDIAN

A1 PUNJABI
AKAAL TV
ALPHA ETC
DESI TV
FOOD FOOD
HUMDARD TV
HUNGAMA
JUS 247
JUS ONE PUNJABI
JUS PUNJABI
LIFE OK

MTV INDIA
NDTV 24/7

NDTV GOOD TIMES
NEWS 18
NEWS 9 INDIA
PTC NEWS
PTC PUNJABI
RISHTAY USA
SAHARA ONE
SAHARA SAMAY
SARDARI TV

SET-MAX
SONY PIX
STAR INDIA PLUS
TIMES NOW
TV ASIA (SD)
ZEE TV (SD)
ZING
STAR INDIA PLUS HD
ZEE SMILE HD
ZEE MUSIC

 SPANISH

ESPN DEPORTES
FOX DEPORTES

UNIVISION DEPORTES
UNIVISION HD

UNIVISION WEST
GALAVISION HD HD

 

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Included ($44.99 Value) (included)
Included ($44.99 Value)

 



Power Supply
Assassin's Words of Wisdom: Power supplies are a component where people overspend often.  Instead of buying a better lower wattage power supply that meets all thei... more
Assassin's Words of Wisdom:

Power supplies are a component where people overspend often.  Instead of buying a better lower wattage power supply that meets all their needs they purchase a more powerful power supply and end up spending more each month on power they never use.  For most units, a 300-400 watt power supply is all that is needed!  Save your money and don't overspend unless you have already calculated your estimated power supply needs with the link below!

A modular supply means you only have connected the power cords needed to your specific build.  While this isn't required, it helps improve airflow, design, and space inside of your case.

Assassin HTPC uses only highly reviewed power supplies manufactured by what most regard as the top quality power supply company with regards to quality and consistency. 

If you need assistance calculating your estimated power supply.  Try visiting the following website and entering in your Assassin HTPC order configuration details:   http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp less
Included w/ case (- $114.99)
Included w/ case

 


460w Platinum Silent Power Supply (included)
460w Platinum Silent Power Supply

 


520w Platinum Silent Power Supply (+ $20)
520w Platinum Silent Power Supply

 



Wireless Internet
Assassin's Words of Wisdom: Although a wired network connection is preferred and is faster and more stable, sometimes you just can't help but use wireless! more
Assassin's Words of Wisdom:

Although a wired network connection is preferred and is faster and more stable, sometimes you just can't help but use wireless!

If you want the best of both worlds, check out the the Powerline adapters which allows you to send high speed internet through your household power outlets!

*Please keep in mind, your network will limit an Assassin HTPC's capabilities far before the components will!
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Onboard LAN included (included)
Onboard LAN included

 


802.11ac Wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 (+ $45)
802.11ac Wireless and Bluetooth 4.0

 



Heatsink / Fan
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Premium Heatsink & Fan (included)

Pre-Configuration Options
 Assassin's Words of Wisdom: *Includes OS License. Want a setup and and configured system out of t... more
 Assassin's Words of Wisdom:

*Includes OS License.

Want a setup and and configured system out of the box?  Our Ultimate setup is exactly what you've been looking for.

Check out our Software configuration page to help you easily decide which software configuration is best for you!!

  • Manage and view your media collection using WMC, Kodi (XBMC), Emby (Mediabrowser) and/or Plex.
  • Have access to your media across any platforms and any device (Mac, phone, PC, tablet, etc) anywhere in the world.
  • Enjoy hundreds of HTPC specific customizations and dozens of programs configured to work in perfect harmony 
  • 1600+ XBMC add-ons (video, music, movie, program, picture and more)
  • Chosen Kodi, Emby, Plex, and WMC plug-ins
  • Pre-mapped drives, settings and installed add-ons.
  • Pre-installed and configured audio/vidoe codecs to allow instant enjoyment of your media.
  • Only HTPC system available anywhere in the world configured with plug and play functionality that is ready to use directly out of the box. 
Now includes Windows 7 OR Windows 10 Operating System!

Some Highlights:
88 Point Quality Control Build Checklist
Kodi (XBMC), EMBY (Mediabrowser 3), PLEX, & WMC Completely Configured
Automatic Metadata retrieval configured
1,000+ Kodi Add-ons (installed not enabled)
Select and tested Kodi Add-ons enabled
Select EMBY Add-ons
Phone/Tablet control ready
HD Audio/Video Installation
3rd Party Remote Support Software
Antivirus Software
Dozens of Streaming Video plugins integrated
Airplay Capable
Tablet Control Ready
Emulators, Cinema Experience, Integrated Blu-ray ripping
and much much more...

Click
HERE for a detailed list of what is Included in the Assassin Ultimate Setup!!

AND with the Ultimate Setup option you receive a license of Windows 10 or Windows 7 Professional (a $140 value!)

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Assassin Ultimate Setup with Windows 10 + J River Optimized for Audiophile Systems (included)
Assassin Ultimate Setup with Windows 10 + J River Optimized for Audiophile Systems

Assassin's Thoughts:

J River Media Center specifically optimized and configured for Assassin HTPC Audiophile systems complete with an Assassin tutorial on how to set up and perform advanced functions such as different listening zones, tablet control, etc.

Our systems can handle all lossless formats of audio (FLAC, APE, ALAC, WM), AIFF and WAV Files (including tagging) and VST plug-in support.  All playing from memory.

With the total setup, we give you the only unit in the world that is the perfect audio AND video solution!






Operating System (if you do not want Assassin Ultimate Setup)
 Assassin's Words of Wisdom: Don't want to have us setup and configure your system for you? Make sure to grab an Operating System (included w/ Ultimate setup) befo... more
 Assassin's Words of Wisdom:

Don't want to have us setup and configure your system for you? Make sure to grab an Operating System (included w/ Ultimate setup) before you check out!

Windows 10 and Windows 7 are both very good OS options for a HTPC.

Windows 7 Pro is the recommended OS for HTPC's that are going to be used for Live TV due to having WMC in it.

For any Non-Live TV HTPC's,  Windows 10 is what we would reocmmend as its stable, has many developers working on expanding its functionality and already offers some Microsoft supported Apps  such as Netflix, Hulu, etc. that are very stable and work well.


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None (included)
Windows 10 (Included if you buy the Assassin Ultimate Setup) (+ $99.99)

Software Upgrades
Assassin's Word's of Wisdom: Additional software setup options and customizations are available to have ready to use on your HTPC when it arrives! Make s... more
Assassin's Word's of Wisdom:

Additional software setup options and customizations are available to have ready to use on your HTPC when it arrives!

Make sure to check out all the details of them as some are pretty amazing!!!


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Setup your Assassin HTPC to boot directly to Media Interface (+ $9.99)
Setup your Assassin HTPC to boot directly to Media Interface

 Assassins Thoughts:

This option allows the system to boot straight into your preferred Media Interface so it skips going to your desktop.  This gives it a feel of a true media device!



STEAM integration (+ $19.99)
STEAM integration

 STEAM is like an app store for video games!  

We can save you the headache of seamlessly integrating this service for you and have it come setup on your Assassin HTPC.

For a complete listing of games and info.  Visit Steampowered.com 





Cinema Experience Installed (+ $19.99)
Cinema Experience Installed

 Assassin't Thoughts:

Remember the days of sitting in a theater minutes before the show, playing screen scramble and trivia with your friends and family before the roller coaster movie intro and then a handful of trailers??  Now with Cinema experience you can have that experience again!

With pre-loaded screen scramblers, movie trivia, feature presentation and movie intro's, as well as trailers options to pull in the most recent trailers available.  The Assassin Cinema experience is the last piece of the puzzle you need to turn your home theater into a legitimate movie theater!

  

                           







Complete Game Emulator Setup Package (+ $49.99)
Complete Game Emulator Setup Package

 Assassin's Thoughts:

Replay and relive all of your favorite games from SNES, NES, and Sega Genesis!  

The assassin Game Emulator Package means your your Assassin HTPC arrives with all of the game emulators configured and ready to play!

All you have to do is drop the ROMS into their respective pre-made folders and you're ready to play!

  

  

*ROM games not included and should be acquired legally.



Blu-Ray & 3D Playback Software Installed (with HD Upscaling) (+ $99.99)
Blu-Ray & 3D Playback Software Installed (with HD Upscaling)

Assassin's Thoughts:

Have us install the software required by Windows 7 to play back blu-ray discs (this cannot be done with just the hardware of a blu-ray player - you have to have additional software - and no, there is no free software that does this --We've checked!)

Also included in the software is the ability to upscale your regular DVD's to HD quality! 



Automatic Content (DVD/Blu-ray) Ripping (+ $99.99)
Automatic Content (DVD/Blu-ray) Ripping

 Have you Assassin HTPC set up to automatically rip and store your personal Blu-Ray and DVD media!

Just Drop and Rip!

*Please follow U.S. Copyright laws when ripping and storing content.


J River Media Center (Software Optimized for High End Audio) (included)
J River Media Center (Software Optimized for High End Audio)

 Assassin's Thoughts:

If you think about it.  Large Audio and Video libraries are 2 very different things.  Video typically has many folders, with one large movie file inside of them.  Audio libraries consise of artists folders, folders inside of folders for many levels.  The same song name in different album folders, etc.  

Video Media software (Kodi, Emby, Plex, WMC, etc) just aren't phenomenol at handling huge libraries of audio files.  They do ok, but not good enough if your picky about your audio.

So J River, which is geared more towards the audio side of media is the best option for handling and playing large audio files.

It's also every Audiophile's dream to have total control over how your audio is played back and this setup turns your HTPC into a very high-quality audio system capable of going head to head with even the most expensive DAC's and audiophile components around!  

If you want a true-dedicated Audiophile HTPC, make sure to check out our Audiophile HTPC product offerings!


1 Year of Automatic Backup Protection w/ Auto-renew (unlimited cloud storage) (+ $149.99)
1 Year of Automatic Backup Protection w/ Auto-renew (unlimited cloud storage)

 Assassin's Thoughts:

Let us configure your Assassin HTPC so it physically backs of ALL your content each night (it even can back up drives shared on your network) for 1 year including an auto-renew option so you'll never go unprotected.  This means all your content is protected all the time.  So when your drive does fail (they ALL will eventually!) you will be protected.

Your computer will even send you email alerts if you want it to telling you when it has not backed up its content in 3 days or more!

Rest easy, we've got you covered from the beginning!!!!



VPN Setup (1 Year License w/ Auto-Renew Option) (+ $199.99)
VPN Setup (1 Year License w/ Auto-Renew Option)

Assassin's Thoughts

Worried about who's watching you?  Been warned by the Cable company?  Allow us to set up and configure a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that protects and hides your IP address and allows you and what you are doing to remain hidden from prying eyes.  

Comes with a 12 month subscription.

*Assassin HTPC has researched the various VPN's to our best ability and will setup which one we believe to be the most secure.*





RAID Setup (FlexRaid w/ Full License) (+ $199.99)
RAID Setup (FlexRaid w/ Full License)

Assassin's Thoughts:
 
FlexRaid uses 1 drive to back up to 7 other hard drives using new technology called a parity drive.  The simple explanation is that a parity drive converts your information into raw data (1’s and 0’s) allowing you to backup 7 other hard drives with a single parity drive.  When one drive fails, it uses simple math to deduce the information that was on it by subtracting the data from the other drives, realizing what it’s missing and from that be able to restore the data on the missing drive completely.

Positives: 1 HD backs up 7 other hard drives.  You can add hard drives as you grow easily!

Negatives: Have to buy an extra hard drive to start to use as parity (but this will pay for itself many times over in the long run however!)

Want More Info? Visit our Server Software Configuration Page Below:

http://www.assassinhtpc.com/configurations.php?page=server

 




Hardware Upgrades
 Assassin's Word's of Wisdom: Additional hardware customizations are available to have ready to use on your HTPC when it arrives! Make sure to check... more
 Assassin's Word's of Wisdom:

Additional hardware customizations are available to have ready to use on your HTPC when it arrives!

Make sure to check out all the details (?) on them as some are pretty amazing!!!


*some costs in additional setup options are service/labor costs associated with configuring and installing select programs. less
Wire and Setup My System For 2 Future Hard drive additions (+ $24.99)
Wire and Setup My System For 2 Future Hard drive additions

 Assassin's Thoughts:

If you plan on future expansion, we will pre-wire your system for additional hard drives and have them routed and ready so all you have to do is buy the hard drive, screw it in, and plug in the ready and waiting cables!


Wire and Setup My System For 4 Future Hard drive additions (+ $79.99)
Wire and Setup My System For 4 Future Hard drive additions

 Assassin's Thoughts:

If you plan on future expansion, we will pre-wire your system for additional hard drives and have them routed and ready so all you have to do is buy the hard drive, screw it in, and plug in the ready and waiting cables!

*4 additional drives may require SATA controller in PCI slot on Motherboard (included in price)



External SATA Connection (eSATA) (+ $49.99)
External SATA Connection (eSATA)

 Assassin's Thoughts:

A more advanced Motherboard option that has an eSATA connection built into it.





Nintendo/Sega USB Throwback Controllers - SET OF 2 (use with game emulators) (+ $59.99)
Nintendo/Sega USB Throwback Controllers - SET OF 2 (use with game emulators)

  Assassin's Thoughts:

What's the only thing missing now that we've set up your emulators and you are ready to play?  

The classic throwback controllers!!  

Featuring throwback NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Gamecube, or N64 controllers, all plug and play via a 6' USB cable.

Each Order comes with 2 controllers (Gambecube and N64 options are converters as seen in picture) - Please specifiy in order notes the specific model you would like.


*Don't forget to add a USB extension cable!






Soundproof Paneling (+ $69.99)
Soundproof Paneling

 Assassin's Thoughts:

 Reduce System Noise with in-case soundproof panelling.





Upgraded Chassis Fans (Quieter & Cooler) (+ $89.99)
Upgraded Chassis Fans (Quieter & Cooler)

  Assassin's Thoughts:

Perhaps the best upgrade for better cooling and reducing overall system noise is to replace the standard case fans with premium ones.  

Assassin HTPC has tested over 150 different fans and have specifically selected fans that perform the best with adding minimal or no noise to the environment making our systems run cool and quiet.





Totally Silent Assassin HTPC Package (included)
Totally Silent Assassin HTPC Package

 Assassin's Thoughts:

If you don't want the potential sound of your system interferring with your audio and video experience. The Assassin Totally Silent package is what you were looking for!  

Aside from upgrading to specific no noise components, with the Silent package we modify every part of your HTPC down to the case to make it run commpletely silent.  

Includes specific upgrades in soundproofing, powersupplies, hard drives, heatsinks, chassis fans, and cabling.

You literally may have to put your hand on it to even tell if its on!  

The best part is, we do this keeping it actively cooled which means you do not sacrificing any of the performance needed to chew through your high end audio and video.

 






Control Options (Remotes & Keyboards)
Assassin's Words of Wisdom: The ability to control your HTPC is something that should definitely not be overlooked and can make the HTPC go from an invoncenience to the greatest ... more
Assassin's Words of Wisdom:

The ability to control your HTPC is something that should definitely not be overlooked and can make the HTPC go from an invoncenience to the greatest gadget ever invented.  Simply by finding a control style that you like.  It might be a combination of the below.  (I use a standard size mouse and keyboard and a remote)

I've included several different options below.  Take your time to look at each one to decide which one fits your needs best!  And keep in mind these aren't the only control options out there but unfortunately we can't offer all of them!

One of my personal favorites is the Mini RF Full Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad ($39.99).  Its a great combination of size and functions!
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USB IR Receiver (only) for use w/ your IR Remote (+ $24.99)
USB IR Receiver (only) for use w/ your IR Remote

  Assassin's Thoughts:

A simple IR Receiver for you to attach via USB so that you can use IR remotes and accessories to control your HTPC.




USB IR Repeater (25ft) (+ $27.99)
USB IR Repeater (25ft)

Assassins Thoughts:

Want to keep your system hidden and out of view.  This IR repeater attaches to your system via USB and allows for the IR signal to be sent up to 25 feet away to your system or additional IR receiver nicely tucked away in a closet, behind the TV, or otherwise out of view.

It even has a small red light on it to let you know when it receives a signal.

Powered by the USB itself (no additional power cable needed), this device is simple and easy to use!





Basic Remote w/ USB IR Receiver (+ $29.99)
Basic Remote w/ USB IR Receiver

 Assassin's Thoughts:

This is a great basic remote that has some limited learning and configuration options!


(*disclaimer that due to these remotes going in and out of stock frequently the unit might not be exactly as the one above but will be very similiar)



Standard IR Remote w/ mouse track pad (w/ USB IR receiver) (+ $32.99)
Standard IR Remote w/ mouse track pad (w/ USB IR receiver)

 Assassin's Thoughts:

A great IR remote option with a range of 30 feet and also a trackpad that allows you to control your mouse!





Mini RF Wireless Rechargeable Full Keyboard with Touchpad (+ $34.99)
Mini RF Wireless Rechargeable Full Keyboard with Touchpad

 Assassin Recommended!




Standard Wireless RF Keyboard w/ touchpad (+ $37.99)
Standard Wireless RF Keyboard w/ touchpad

 Assassin's Thoughts:

With 2.4GHz RF receiver and a 30 foot range, this standard size keyboard with a touchpad for full mouse control makes this a solid option for your HTPC.






Standard Wireless Keyboard and Mouse (+ $39.99)
Standard Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

 Assassin's Thoughts:

Regardless if you buy one from us or not, almost everyone who purchases an HTPC will want a full sized wireless keyboard and mouse to use with it at some point in time.  

Even if 50% of the time it lives in a closet or drawer.  At some point you will want a full sized mouse and keyboard and it will make your HTPC experience much more enjoyable when you do! 

 
*due to inventory availability, the wireless keyboard/mouse might be slightly different (but functionally similiar) than the one linked above 





Harmony 650 Basic Universal Remote (w/ IR Receiver) (+ $99.99)
Harmony 650 Basic Universal Remote (w/ IR Receiver)

 Assassin's Thoughts:

Harmony remotes are known for their ease of use and ability to be used on almost all audio/video components giving you a single remote that can be used across all platforms.

This includes the USB IR Receiver needed for this to function with your HTPC.






Harmony Ultimate One Universal Remote w/ Color Touchscreen (w/ IR Receiver) (+ $249.99)
Harmony Ultimate One Universal Remote w/ Color Touchscreen (w/ IR Receiver)

 Assassin's Thoughts:

The Harmony One is highly regarded as one of the favority universal remotes.  Including a color touchscreen this remote is as attractive visually as it is functional. Literally works with everything and has one touch control that allows you to setup multiple devices with one touch.







Cables for Hookup
 Assassin\'s Words of Wisdon: Don\'t forget your cables to hook up your system! Remember HDMI transmits both audio and video and is the highest quality! more
 Assassin\'s Words of Wisdon:

Don\'t forget your cables to hook up your system!

Remember HDMI transmits both audio and video and is the highest quality!
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None (included)
HDMI Cable (6ft 24AWG) (+ $9.99)
HDMI Cable (6ft 24AWG)

 


HDMI Cable (12ft 24AWG) (+ $19.99)
HDMI Cable (25ft. 24 AWG) (+ $29.99)

Extender Add-Ons
Get a HUGE discount on Assassin Media Extenders when you buy them with an Assassin HTPC. Now you can access your media in the same great interface as your Assassin system in other locat... more
Get a HUGE discount on Assassin Media Extenders when you buy them with an Assassin HTPC.

Now you can access your media in the same great interface as your Assassin system in other locations around the house!

Visit our Media Extenders page for more details!

Suddenly...whole home solutions are very economical!













 
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None (included)
1x Assassin MICRO (extend the Assassin Setup to 1 other location) (+ $179.99)
1x Assassin MICRO (extend the Assassin Setup to 1 other location)

 Extend your Assassin HTPC Setup to another TV located around your house by a single HDMI cable and a wired or wireless internet connection for the most reliable service and performance.

 




2x Assassin MICRO (extend the Assassin Setup to 2 other locations) (+ $339.99)
2x Assassin MICRO (extend the Assassin Setup to 2 other locations)

  Extend your Assassin HTPC Setup to 2 other TV's located around your house by a single HDMI cable and a wired (or wireless) internet connection for the most reliable service and performance.







3x Assassin MICRO ((extend the Assassin Setup to 3 other locations) (+ $499.99)
3x Assassin MICRO ((extend the Assassin Setup to 3 other locations)

 Extend your Assassin HTPC Setup to 3 other TV's located around your house by a single HDMI cable and a wired or wireless internet connection for the most reliable service and performance.
  





Shipping Options
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Standard U.S. Ground Delivery -UPS (Ships in 2-3 weeks) (included)
Standard U.S. Ground Delivery -UPS (Ships in 2-3 weeks)

 


Domestic Air Freight -UPS (safer and faster! Protect your investment!) (+ $75)
Domestic Air Freight -UPS (safer and faster! Protect your investment!)

 


Standard Canada Shipping -USPS/Canada Post (Ships in 2-3 weeks) (+ $75)
Standard Canada Shipping -USPS/Canada Post (Ships in 2-3 weeks)

 


International Shipping outside North American USPS (please include address in order notes) (+ $130)
International Shipping outside North American USPS (please include address in order notes)

 



Warranty & Service Options:
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Click for Warranty and Service Details--->:

                                                  
 
 
SOFTWARE DOWNLOADS:
Because you are foregoing having us build and configure your system.  The Standard Warranty for our Assassin Ultimate Software Download is very limited.  This helps keep costs down for you. Although issues are rare, we will direct most questions or issues you have to our online blogs or other guides with the understanding that you will be able to implement any fixes that you might need to.  

PRE-BUILT HTPC HARDWARE WARRANTY:


We will warranty all hardware for 90 days in house and will always help you engage the manufacturer aftter the 90 days has expired (most hardware parts have up to a 5 years warranty from the manufacturer).

*All UPC's and product information is shipped with your system so you will have all the necessary documents and information to handle any warranty claims (It is your responsibility to maintain these documents and UPC's).

PRE-BUILT HTPC SOFTWARE WARRANTY:

Due to variations in A/V equipment and home theater setups.  Sometimes fine tuning your HTPC to work perfectly with your other audio/video components can be the toughest challenge.

But you don't have to face this battle alone!  This exact reason is why we offer 30 days of free setup when you purchase the Assassin Ultimate Setup!!  

With the Assassin Ultimate Setup we will make sure you are completely satisfied and up and running in the first 30 days of receiving your HTPC.

Due to the nature of HTPC's and how they are customized and used.  We can only offer 30 days of free support for setup.  So take advantage of the first 30 days and test everythign out!  

After 30 days for those that get into trouble they can't get out of you can always enlist our service for the low cost of $39.99 an hour.

Our Extended warranty gives you software support for an entire year after you receive your Assassin HTPC.


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STANDARD: 90 days full hardware warranty / 30 days full software/ setup support ($39.99/hr after) (included)
STANDARD: 90 days full hardware warranty / 30 days full software/ setup support ($39.99/hr after)

 Warranty

ASSASSIN HTPC’s top priority is customer service and making sure you have the right HTPC for your needs. This means that you, not our systems are the most important part of our business. 

The Assassin HTPC Guarantee:
  1. Our standard warranty is 90 days for hardware and 30 days software support.
     
  2. We will warranty all parts in your system during the warranty period as long as they are used in the manner they are delivered in (i.e. overclocking your system will void the warranty and is not needed for HTPC use). Additional hardware additions/replacements by the user that has not been performed or authorized by Assassin HTPC will result in the warranty being voided.
     
  3. We offer 90 days hardware and 30 days of free software support to help you get your system set up and functioning properly. During those 30 days we will never charge you for labor, remote connection support or phone support for software and setup issues.  After those 30 days however, HTPC's don't magically start functioning differently without you "helping" them.  So we must (in order to stay in business) charge for support hourly after that.  The payment must be completed prior to support being performed.
     
  4. During this time also confirm the way the HTPC is setup is to your liking.  If you have multiple drives.  Understand that our default setup is to span drives so they all have one drive letter.  This is preferred by most people but understand the failure of one of the spanned drives could lead to losing data on all the drives if you do not have a backup or raid system in place.
     
  5. If during the first 30 days after you take delivery of your system there happens to be a problem with your unit or it is incapable of performing the functions you need it to, we will replace it with a system that is right for you. Shipping and restocking fees may apply but rarely do. It’s our main goal to get you the right HTPC for your needs.
     
  6. At your request, we may be able to fix some issues by connecting remotely to your system with already installed software. This service may be recorded for quality assurance and privacy purposes.
     
  7. After the initial 90 days hardware warranty, the hardware inside your Assassin HTPC still carries a manufacturer's warranty (often times for up to several years). We will do our best to help you engage those manufacturers in the result of any issues that may arise.
     
  8. Custom work: There are no refunds for custom work. This does NOT mean custom HTPC configurations which are covered under our standard warranty but represents specialized custom work geared towards a specific individual (i.e. custom paint or graphics, specific cases, special order components, etc).
     
  9. Customer Directed Configurations - For HTPC configurations that have been directed by the customers or whose components have been selected by the customers Assassin HTPC can only guarantee that the individual components are functioning as expected at the time of shipment. We cannot guarantee or offer any warranty that the components will work in conjunction with each other or with the home theater system. Replacement components for any incompatible components selected by the customer will be done so at full cost.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
Assassin HTPC offers a 30 day money back guarantee on all of our systems. You can return the system if not completely satisfied within 30 days of receiving it from the date of delivery signature specified by FedEx tracking number. All systems returned are subject to a 20% restocking fee, unless otherwise specified by an Assassin HTPC representative. All returned merchandise must be accompanied by its original packaging, accessories and manuals or it will be refused. You must also contact Assassin HTPC customer support for a Return Authorization Number (RAN#) prior to return of merchandise. Assassin HTPC will not be responsible for shipping to Assassin HTPC after 30 days if an RAN# is requested. In the events of a change of heart or cancellation of an order already in the production process, a 5% Service fee will be applied even if the order has not shipped unless otherwise specified by an Assassin HTPC representative. A refund may not be possible for any customer directed hardware selections and is up to the decision of the Assassin HTPC representative. 

RETURN AND REPLACEMENT POLICY
Defective merchandise will be replaced with a like item, upon return of the defective merchandise. Assassin HTPC is not responsible for any damages caused by either internal or external equipment, shorted connections or components not installed by or purchased from Assassin HTPC. Assassin HTPC is not responsible for damages to any components or loss of any data inadvertently caused by products, under normal or abnormal use, including those purchased from Assassin HTPC. Assassin HTPC will not replace, repair or refund any purchase if an item’s serial number does not match what was originally sold. 


EXTENDED: 1 year full hardware warranty / 1 year full software support (including any shipping fees) (+ $129.99)
EXTENDED: 1 year full hardware warranty / 1 year full software support (including any shipping fees)

The same great warranty as offered below except for 1 year full software and setup support!

 Extended Warranty

ASSASSIN HTPC’s top priority is customer service and making sure you have the right HTPC for your needs. This means that you, not our systems are the most important part of our business. 

The Assassin HTPC Guarantee:
  1. We will warranty all parts in your system during the warranty period as long as they are used in the manner they are delivered in (i.e. overclocking your system will void the warranty and is not needed for HTPC use). Additional hardware additions/replacements by the user that has not been performed or authorized by Assassin HTPC will result in the warranty being voided.
  2. We offer 1 year of free support to help you get your system set up and functioning properly. During that year we will never charge you for labor, remote connection support or phone support.
  3. If during the first year after you take delivery of your system there happens to be a problem with your unit or it is incapable of performing the functions you need it to, we will replace it with a system that is right for you. Shipping and restocking fees may apply but rarely do. It’s our main goal to get you the right HTPC for your needs.
  4. At your request, we may be able to fix some issues by connecting remotely to your system with already installed software. This service may be recorded for quality assurance and privacy purposes.
  5. After the initial year of warranty and support, the hardware inside your Assassin HTPC still carries a manufacturer's warranty (often times for up to several years). We will do our best to help you engage those manufacturers in the result of any issues that may arise.
  6. Custom work: There are no refunds for custom work. This does NOT mean custom HTPC configurations which are covered under our standard warranty but represents specialized custom work geared towards a specific individual (i.e. custom paint or graphics, specific cases, special order components, etc).
  7. Customer Directed Configurations - For HTPC configurations that have been directed by the customers or whose components have been selected by the customers Assassin HTPC can only guarantee that the individual components are functioning as expected at the time of shipment. We cannot guarantee or offer any warranty that the components will work in conjunction with each other or with the home theater system. Replacement components for any incompatible components selected by the customer will be done so at full cost.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
Assassin HTPC offers a 30 day money back guarantee on all of our systems. You can return the system if not completely satisfied within 30 days of receiving it from the date of delivery signature specified by FedEx tracking number. All systems returned are subject to a 20% restocking fee, unless otherwise specified by an Assassin HTPC representative. All returned merchandise must be accompanied by its original packaging, accessories and manuals or it will be refused. You must also contact Assassin HTPC customer support for a Return Authorization Number (RAN#) prior to return of merchandise. Assassin HTPC will not be responsible for shipping to Assassin HTPC after 30 days if an RAN# is requested. In the events of a change of heart or cancellation of an order already in the production process, a 5% Service fee will be applied even if the order has not shipped unless otherwise specified by an Assassin HTPC representative. A refund may not be possible for any customer directed hardware selections and is up to the decision of the Assassin HTPC representative. 

RETURN AND REPLACEMENT POLICY
Defective merchandise will be replaced with a like item, upon return of the defective merchandise. Assassin HTPC is not responsible for any damages caused by either internal or external equipment, shorted connections or components not installed by or purchased from Assassin HTPC. Assassin HTPC is not responsible for damages to any components or loss of any data inadvertently caused by products, under normal or abnormal use, including those purchased from Assassin HTPC. Assassin HTPC will not replace, repair or refund any purchase if an item’s serial number does not match what was originally sold. 








*Additional software will be needed to play blu-rays directly from disc.