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This is the first PC I've built. I wanted to a build a small form factor, HTPC style machine that was beefy enough to play current games on max settings at 1080 as well as run Plex, Sonarr, Couchpotato, NZBget, and other media server stuff. I've connected this machine to my living room home theater, using an Epson cinema projector as the display. I used the brand new ML08B case from Silverstone and I liked it a lot. This build takes advantage of a suggested mod that I found on reddit and the Overclockers forum that allows you to remove all the optical drive mounting hardware in order to install a 3.5" HDD instead. I also had to remove the heatspreaders on one of the Ripjaw RAM DIMMs in order to get it to fit in the slot underneath the CPU cooler.

The GPU runs pretty hot because I have the machine in a horizontal position, which decreases passive ventilation to the GPU side of the case. The only other issue I have with this build is that the WIFI speeds are very slow. Still need to troubleshoot that, but I'm considering just running a Powerline Ethernet setup from this machine to my router. I haven't overclocked the CPU or GPU yet, so that's the next thing to try. Currently playing Witcher 3 on max settings (with Hairworks disabled).

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  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! I love the fact that it's so tiny!

SFF For Life!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Honestly, I don't really see the point of building a full size monster ATX desktop when these new mITX cases are so good. The only thing I wish I had was water cooling, but it's not really that necessary here.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude this things baller bro +1 from me

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, and who said you can't fit ten pounds of crap in a five pound bag eh!?! That looks sweet, I just built something similar, wish I could have fit the 970 in my budget, I'm totally jelly!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the 970 as a refurb/b-stock from EVGA. Pretty decent deal.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice to see another RVZ02 (edit: ML08) build! I'm really loving having all this power in such a small chassis.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the noise output? I have the same power supply on my parts list because I was told that it was silent. Also did you have any difficulty with any of the cables being too long, it seems to be a common issue when others make a HTPC build.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm keen on hearing about this too.. I'm getting the same case and deliberating on the power supply.. I'm tossing up between this one and the ST45SF-G 2 (450W) but can't decide if cable management is more important than fan noise (If it's even present with either unit at my low loads).

Looks like it's a little bothersome but manageable with the bigger unit in the photos of this build though.

Nice build btw, epic power in a tiny space.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building similar config in this case with same power supply. It will be finished in couple of days, I will let you know about noise output Also if you are not installing optical drive then you will have lots of space to wrap cable around.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Totally installing an optical! haha dammit.

I decided to go with it though, so it'll be interesting to see how it goes - the side cutters might come out..

New build or just modified to this one?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a new build PCPartPicker part list This is how it looks now, it looks messy but i can reach each and every cable connection without having to pull the whole thing apart. Without Cooler With Cooler

It maintains idle temp of 38-39C for CPU and 55-58C for GPU. Literally no noise from the psu. I have issue with my gfx card humming a bit when playing games, haven't investigated further. Pretty sure something is loose.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice man! Gotta be happy with those temps. Make sure you list it here on the site as a completed build so we can ogle it properly :D

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Silverstone HTPC's are amazing!

For home theatre definately overkill :D

+1!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I almost splurged on a 980/980Ti. That would have been overkill. Gonna wait until the next generation of Nvidia GPUs comes out. 970 is fine for now, especially at 1080/60fps.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

80 degrees isn't too bad for a GPU temperature under load but it's definitely not the best.

I don't believe your hardware is at risk, but it definitely will warm a room pretty quick :P

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I like the clever 3.5" drive conversion.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man! What are your CPU temps like? I'm planning on getting the same CPU and cooler. Also, did you have any issues with RAM clearance with this cooler?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have an issue with RAM clearance in the first RAM slot closest to the CPU socket. I had to remove the heatspreaders from that DIMM in order to install the cooler. You also definitely have to have the RAM in first before you put the cooler on. CPU temps are in the high 30s, low 40s.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

GG

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty nice setup! +1 from me. I'd like to ask few things: Opinion about the ssd? I wanna buy the same. I've had a 120gb 840 evo earlier and it was fast and reliable. Even though there are cheaper brands, I'm thinking about sticking to samsung for the reliability. Another thing, the RAM. Have you had any issues with it whatsoever? It seems to be on good price right now. I need 16gb ddr4 ram for gaming. And for last, I've had a WD caviar blue in my previous pc, 1TB. It was quiet and rather speedy. Never had issues with it. How do you think the red series compare to that? Thank you for your answers in advance! Take care and game on!