Happy Mothers Day everyone!
(EDIT: Sorry, some of my pictures are in the wrong orientation, you can see them either way.)
I built this HTPC for my grandmother (who is my legal mother, long story, for a later time) as a gift for Mothers Day. Currently Im waiting for two small parts to come in the mail for this to be fully functional.
So this is my first HTPC, and as you can see its gigantic mess lol.
This case was one hassle to work in, and has many quirks too.
So the whole idea to this PC was to have something the family can use to watch movies on the living room PC. Originally, as you can see from some of the pictures (Last three pictures), that I disassembled my old Dell Inspiron 2330 and took out the Intel Core i3-2120, 6 GB of miniature RAM, and the 1 TB HDD. However I couldn't find any cheap LGA1155 mITX motherboards, and a 3.5 inch HDD cannot fit in this case. So me and my aunt went shopping at Microcenter and bought everything there.
I hope my Family can use this :D
Great little duel core CPU. Runs my simple HTPC just fine with no problems.
I think in the future and upgrade to the GPU to a 750 Ti or 950 would go great with this CPU.
At first I thought the motherboard was dead when the screen wouldn't post on the first boot. However it works fine, nice BIOS and layout. I'm taking off one star though as the I/O shield is junk and it hard to fit the motherboard correctly with it installed.
RAM is RAM. It works and does what I need it to do. Comes in a nice shade of blue too.
Cheap and quiet storage, works great for an HTPC.
Great GPU for an HTPC. I wouldn't really use it for gaming, but for watching movies and browsing the internet, its a great and better alternative to integrated graphics.
Picked mine up at Microcenter for $49.99.
This case is great, small, stylish and great internal layout. It was an interesting experience to work with. It has two SSD mounts, and two 120 mm fan mounts. The GPU mount is a finicky to work with and fits together like a puzzle piece.
One thing that really got on my nerves is that I cant turn my PC on! There was no cable for my power button and LED to plug into the motherboard, so I had to order a separate one on Amazon. Nothing too big but annoyed me.
I love it! Simple and small, for $20 it was 100% worth it!