Description

About 6 years ago, I built an HTPC using a full ATX case. It's been working well ever since but needing a cleaner looking living room setup so I decided to build something smaller and leave the old HTPC as a media server and general purpose PC in a different room. I had been using a Raspberry Pi with RASPBMC for a couple months but it was just too sluggish. These parts were bought over a period of 2 months after many more months just scouting and scouting.

I caught the processor on sale at Amazon from a Lifehacker alert. I toyed with the idea of getting a motherboard with WiFi capability but didn't see the need as the PC sits right next to my router and I prefer a wired connection anyway.

The SSD is part of Crucial's refurbished program so it came cheap; would've been even cheaper had I not got 2-day shipping but I was feeling impatient.

The 8 GB RAM is overkill, I know, but I had planned on putting it into my old HTPC/media server and using that 4 GB in this new HTPC. Then I realized that the old HTPC is on 32-bit and I just can't be bothered to re-install Windows 64-bit in order to access the 8 GB.

I really like this Cooler Master case. I don't really get cable mgmt that well but tried to tuck things into the sides and underneath in extra areas. The PSU is way more power than needed but the price was just right.

I threw OpenElec onto a flash drive, booted up and it installed XBMC/Kodi quickly. I pulled in the Transparency skin, loaded the WMC backend TV server, got a bunch of add-on's and Bob's your uncle. So far, so good. It's super fast watching live TV off my SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime, no lag whatsoever. Recorded TV, old shows and movies - también, no hay problema.

I also have a FLIRC so that anyone who comes over can use a remote to navigate.

This is strictly an HTPC, no gaming. I know folks like to see the flashy, complicated builds but I wanted to do something good and cheap for a basic HTPC purpose, which should hopefully last upwards of 5-6 years or more.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build man, especially for that kind of price point +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build and price for it's job. +1

I'm really starting to consider making an ITX build. It seems nice to have something powerful in a small form-factor.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, are you getting another storage device or planning on have just a ssd

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Prolly not. The old ATX former HTPC already has 1 TB and 3 TB drives. Anything more will get added to it and not this cooler master.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

slap an R9 270x right there, and this is a beast in terms of price to performance. Nice Build man!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

its not for gaming

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build but you left the film on the corsair logo on the power supply.... Please take it off....

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Way cool, especially the case. This might be a start convincing me to build something other than ATX form factor. I also should probably consider building one, since my HTPC is getting crusty...

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It was pretty easy working with the case. Might get more difficult with builds involving graphics cards and optical drives but still, for the price point, hard to beat.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as the inbuilt graphics accelerate HD content and H.264 playback I would be good I think. The case has one external 5.25" so I could have my optical drive, and 3 internal 3.5" so I could have an SSD system drive and two storage drives. For the machine I'm talking about I think I only have a terabyte drive for system and storage now. So if I put a couple of 2 or 3TB drives in there I'd have plenty of storage. Then it would just be a question of keeping it all cool enough I guess.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wished AM3+ had Mini-Itx Motherboards...anyways, nice media PC! BTW, why did you went with FM2+ instead of AM1 in which AM1 is, I think, more suited towards builds like this? Correct me if I'm wrong. Anyways +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

AM1 doesn't support any FM2+ socket CPU's.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

no it doesn't but for the price he got the fm2 its a no brainer. am1 should be cheaper...

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite simply, I picked the cheapest mini-itx motherboard that PCPartPicker told me was compatible with my processor, and which had front USB 3.0.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh...I thought you bought the CPU and the Motherboard at the same time...sorry, my bad.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build m8 +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I like these 'cause it's something other than an i5/i7.