Description

This was a simple re-purpose build that was completely fueled by my addiction for PC parts and building.

My family expressed they wanted a nice media server (DVR they called it, wtf is that?) so I decided to use my old 4770k to massively overpower a tiny HTPC.

I had some simple requirements when deciding to make this PC:

  1. WIFI enabled
  2. Small (PS4 size)
  3. Cheap
  4. LAN usable
  5. Potentially learning to code

    This build meets everything I needed. During the Dauntless Tech-Alpha I used this build to play, and it ran well.

The case is fun to build in and the separate compartment works well for blower cards (in my opinion).

eBay was my friend on this one, the card and motherboard were pretty cheap and really the only way to easily find these older parts.

Side-note: Had to RMA TWO Corsair power supply's - and I hate "breadboarding" to find that out. Not happy from Corsair on their reliability for this form factor, a little more QA would be nice - especially when ALL their other PSU's rock... At least Corsair back their products with a good warranty and somehow shipped BOTH of the replacements from Hong Kong with 2-day international shipping, which I didn't even think was possible...

Future State of this build:

  1. Better cable management
  2. More storage
  3. Possible coat of paint

Part Reviews

CPU

Been using this for 4 years in a few different builds. Absolutely a beast.

Gets a little hot, recommend a good cooler.

CPU Cooler

My favorite top-down cooler. Super low-profile and stays decently quiet in my HTPC under load. Comes with everything you need and more.

Motherboard

No compromises here from Gigabyte. WIFI, dual-lan, lots of USB ports and pretty good looking. Huge fan of this little guy.

Memory

Works as it should, good solid, long lasting ram.

Storage

Fast and cheap for a refurb...Love the reliability of this drive.

Video Card

For such an old card it does wonders on even modern titles. Blower gets a tad loud but I can play most modern games on low.

Case

This case is insane. Lights, tons of different parts for modding/different configs, well built, and has a genius twin-compartment design. Amazing for slapping good BIG video cards in a small case.

Power Supply

Horrible quality control but an amazing PSU with great fully-modular cables.

Prepare for RMA...

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

+1, love to see older parts live on in a useful way. How are your GPU temps under load?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Under load I hit around 82, that was an hour deep in dauntless on pretty rigorous settings.

It's a little hotter than what I want so I'm actually going to redo the thermal paste this weekend as I know its OLD as hell.

And thanks! I love recycling parts as an excuse to make fun/different builds.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Slick and funny description, +1. What did you do for the home media server bit? Plex?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to ask the same thing as well. I run Plex myself and I can attest that 250gb is way too small for storage. I used up that much space alone when I ripped all my music CDs to mp3s years ago.

Plus I wonder what kind of interface he uses since if his parents are anything like mine, they're not very computer smart and need stuff extra simple. They just recently figured out how to use their cellphones, let alone a htpc..... lol

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

My dad is an engineer and has been around computers for years. I can't remember the name of the interface we use but when you connect to our plex through this HTPC it looks just like a samsung smart TV. 250GB was used for OS and the starting build as I had it laying around. I just bought a 3TB drive to slap in there.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. :) My father is a retired electrician and is trying to get caught up on tech, but my mother is absolutely clueless outside a VCR... lol

As for the interface, my guess would be kodi; based on the Samsung Smart TV pictures I just looked at.

With the 3TB, that should hold you for a while, but I can guarantee that will fill up fast as well. I have one in my PC and 2 4tb external drives for backup/archiving.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That's where my father started too! He was an electrician for years before he went to school for engineering. My mother is the same way, just very slow to learn haha...painfully slow.

I believe it is is kodi, looks identical from what I googled!

Yep! 3TB for now and I think my brother and I are going to build a NAS soon, not sure how will that will work for this but I think that should be fine. We we're going to make that 4x4TB probably.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been toying around with the idea of building a NAS as well. Some of the QNAPs are quite tempting though vs building my own; especially since I am considering using it for multiple VMs as well as a Plex Server environment and the RAM is upgradable.

Software wise, freeNAS or OpenMediaVault appears to be two of the better free NAS choices out there.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! My brother is pretty skilled with plex so he helped me go through it. I've always been a big fan of it, seems to work better than 90% of smart TV's and setups

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta love that 660 ti but you going to upgrade later?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, for now this will be my "old part" dumping-ground. So my current main builds 1080 G1 or my girlfriends 970 will be swapped in next. Most like the 970 and she will get my 1080 :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The 660 ti is phenomenal for its age, but will definitely be replaced.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you buy the Windows key?

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  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Both.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Sorry again :(