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:
- WIFI enabled
- Small (PS4 size)
- LAN usable
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:
- Better cable management
- More storage
- Possible coat of paint
Been using this for 4 years in a few different builds. Absolutely a beast.
Gets a little hot, recommend a good 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.
No compromises here from Gigabyte. WIFI, dual-lan, lots of USB ports and pretty good looking. Huge fan of this little guy.
Works as it should, good solid, long lasting ram.
Fast and cheap for a refurb...Love the reliability of this drive.
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.
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.
Horrible quality control but an amazing PSU with great fully-modular cables.
Prepare for RMA...