Description

Like many others, I've accumulated a ton of spare components over years of building/upgrading my main rig. I have been contemplating buying a streaming media player with a bit more functionality than a Roku TV or Firestick. I've been considering the Nvidia Shield TV, Xbox One S, PS4, etc. Eventually, I came to conclusion that I could build a better (and cheaper) machine all by myself with components that I wasn't using anymore. Now, I have an HTPC that can hang in there as a budget LAN machine. So far, I'm really enjoying it! I definitely plan on making it better as time goes on. Please let me know what you all think!

GRAPHICS CARD

Wow. I am honestly REALLY impressed by this little guy. I was limited to a low profile card and feared I would be stuck with either integrated graphics or an r5 240/GTX 710/GTX 730. Then, I came across the RX 460 LP model from MSI. It has ran all my go-to games with little to no performance issues. Once it's paired with a better CPU, the experience will be even more fluid. It should be noted that there are 1050/1050 ti LP cards out there. They are a bit more costly and less available at the moment.

FUTURE PLANS

Some time in the near future, I'll be upgrading my main rig to either Kaby Lake or Ryzen 5/7. When I do that, I'll transfer over my i5 4690k which should greatly increase the performance of this machine. I'm in no rush at the moment and will update when it finally happens.

Thanks for taking a look! Let me know what you think.

Part Reviews

CPU

The Pentium G3258 is an interesting little chip. It can overclock like a little monster if you have the right motherboard. When I picked this one up originally, it was a stop-gap CPU for my z97 motherboard while I waited for my 4690k that is being used on my current main rig. Sufficed to say, it surprised me at the time! As of now (2017), it's age has definitely caught up with it. I am unable to OC it in the current motherboard, but this is something I intend to remedy in the near future.

CPU Cooler

I picked up the cooler strictly based on it's super low price. I don't know what I did to the original Intel cooler that the CPU came with. It's not terrible.

Motherboard

Super basic mATX LGA 1150 board. It has very limited functionality but it does what I ask it to do (Netflix and chill, mostly). Once I upgrade my main rig, this along with the Pentium chip will be replaced by my i5 4690k/z97 combo.

Memory

Just some super cheap sticks I had lying around. It works but isn't anything to brag about by any means.

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Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

A absolutely love budget builds that reuse parts. I fully agree with your reasoning behind this build too! Media PCs are fun PCs. That case is tiny and I love it. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great budget build! This could even work as a gaming machine!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been looking at this case as well as the in-win BL631 and the Silverstone ML04B for a HTPC. I like the look of this case but note that it has no air intake grills that I can see.

How is the air flow in these things?

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I need to edit the parts list. The one in the list is NOT the one I'm using. TFX PSUs are extremely limited in availability. I am using an off-brand gold rated PSU but with an after market fan.

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