Description

The goal of this computer was to replace our current HTPC, Xbox 360, with enough power to run everything in my steam library but also powerful enough to run Oculus Rift DK2 content. I wanted something very power efficient and quiet while still having all the horsepower we need. I think it came along perfectly.

Full photo album here: http://imgur.com/a/2Ua0X

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 14 points

I think I would have the same face as your daughter if I ever saw the 980 in person :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 9 points

$550 video card and a screen shot of super meat boy. 8]

  • 61 months ago
  • 4 points

But can it play Super Meat Boy?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

heh

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Super meat boy! The title sound shall never be forgotten. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

ahahah that face

This is quite the powerful (albeit large) system in an HTPC form factor. Nice job!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You'd be surprised how few HTPC cases fit a big *** GPU like that!

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow. You planning on getting an aftermarket cooler to overclock that 4670K?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol it is not included.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

gtx 980 and you show playing super meat boy XD

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that case is huge for HTPC. At least it won't be unnoticed. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

It's the only one that would fit the graphics card! Heh!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If there's one bad thing about the build its that the graphics card looks ugly.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think it looks that bad. It's not the sexiest one out there, but it's certainly better than the crappy-looking Gigabyte one.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Its not the worst, and considering there's no window its fine as looks aren't THAT important, but that is literally the only nitpicking I could do of this build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

take that back! who even makes and orange pc color theme?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

About the Gigabyte one: If you put the gigabyte card, which is blue, in a red and orange themed build, of course it will look terrible. But if you put it in a blue and black themed build, it can look pretty darn good. Of course that is all just personal taste, but that is my opinion on it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Blue? Are we talking about the same card here?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If Gigabyte engineered their cards with the same kind of design taste that they apply to their motherboards, perhaps they would claim a greater market share in graphics cards than they currently occupy. Instead they seem to solve problems by slapping the same three-fan cooler on every mid or high end card they come across.

I think Zotac is quite decent for the prices they usually sell at (their GTX 770/780/780 Tis often go for prices that are competitive with NVTTM reference designs, while other AIB manufacturers charge a hefty premium).

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Surely it is a value card all things considered. It has a decent design, is all-metal, has a back plate, and doesn't cool too bad either. It may not be as good an OCer, but for the price you can't really do better. I would still grab an Asus or EVGA over a Zotac any day personally, but it's definitely not a bad card.

About the Gigabyte, I totally agree. They have all these colorful and interesting motherboards, but only have boring black when it comes to graphics cards. It'd be amazing if they had color versatility so that you could pick a certain color scheme depending on your build and not have to do a paint job yourself...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes we are. The Windforce logo lights up blue.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess you really do learn something new everyday. I always thought it lit up blue. Still not my cup of tea, but I guess it isn't as bad anymore. I will admit that it might look good in a blue/black theme, but probably not as good in most others.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Lewl..her face doe..

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Is 20A good enough to power the gtx 980? Its because i am going to build my own computer and i am skeptical on this power supply because people say the Gtx 970 uses either 35A, 28A, or 12A. Or could i just have the 6-pin on one rail and the 8-pin on another one.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It has 2 connectors on the card, both 6 pin. The card is really low power. Not sure how many amps it draws but I just went with the wattage estimator from here and got a little over what I needed.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It appears we are the only 2 confirmed 'completed' builds at this time (though I'm sure there are more!). I definitely enjoyed seeing yours before I settled on getting this case :)

I see that you stuck with the single 120mm fan that came with the case. It looks like the video card will draw in quite a bit of air from what appears to the the 'PSU side' of the case (as a video card, in my mind, seems to delineate the case into 2 sectors. But how is the 'CPU side'? Have you done any temperature monitoring while idle and under load? Just curious to see how well the case is working for you. Love the build and voted this one up!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i am new to this, but do we need to add sound card to this config or motherboard takes care of this. How will i connect sound to my reciever/amp ?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the portability of this thing?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How big is the case compared to your 360?

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

stock intel heat sink? Im dissapointed

  • 61 months ago
  • -3 points

You make an awesome steam machine and you do not bother to buy an after market cooler to OC? Egh. Besides that, really cool.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm not going to OC anything until I need to. Typically I like to run most everything at stock for stability and long life. Once the machine starts getting a little old, I'll OC and swap some parts out. The OEM coolers are really silent and effective though. I thought about adding a closed liquid cooler but with the cramped case I'm keeping it as simple as possible for now.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 6 points

I actually built the system around the 4670k CPU simply because I won it in a contest. Can't beat free!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not much different than the 4690k to be honest. Nice build! Which flight sim games do you play? I am an avid WarThunder player myself. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

None really. Unless you count GTA or Just Cause 2. ;)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I do count those as simulators... I do...

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