Hi Everyone,

First, I am not a Gamer, the parts listed are repurposed from my main workstation to an HTPC; which is what this system is being used.


A few years back I started having two systems, one main system for designing, and another smaller case for testing. Initially, an NZXT Source 530 housed the testing system.

Last year I started to get into room cable management and sliming my test system case even smaller. I really liked the “hidden cable management” on the side of the Air 540, so another build was underway. All the components listed were already in the ‘small’ tester, but since I wanted to venture out a little, I gave it a name and theme: Black Panther because I loved the movie and colors. In swapping cases, I took this chance to experiment with some moderate case modding and re-acquainting myself with the Linux OS to replace all Windows operating systems and applications.


This "HTCP" system is used to convert all my analog movies and music in order to stream them for all my other devices. The build was fun, even researching and spray-painting. Although installing the other operating systems was a major pain, it finally worked out. I never knew how much I missed programming and learning new "languages" until I sat in front of this system and began installing Linux. Being a retired Systems Analyst and child psychologist, I'm looking forward to seeing some of my old movies and listing to music that I had in the 70s.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

If your X79-UP4 is revision 1.1, you can replace that 4960X with a E5-1660 V2 or E5-1680 V2 Xeon. (BTW, they're overclockable with unlocked multipliers)

If it's revision 1.0, 4960X is the best you can go.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Woha, it's a version 1.1! I had no idea, thanks, spent the day dealing with getting ready for my Raspberry Pi 3. Thanks for the info.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! You can get a Xeon E5-1680 V2 and do a slight overclock on it with this board and BIOS version F7. It's worth a shot if you were looking for an upgrade without switching motherboards. 1680 V2 is 8 cores, 16 threads.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

For those of you who are taken aback by the age of the hardware, the first sentence states the parts are RECYCLED (used) from when I updated my 3 monitor workstation. This is NOT a gaming PC but one for me to re-learn some operating systems I used on IBM mainframes and brush up on my programming skills.

I apologize if you are offended by this build, but I'm old school...if it ain't broke, don't fix it or throw it away. Maybe I should have called it Recycled Purple & Black.

Thank you to those of you who supported this build.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 5 points

Please don't spew negativity toward somebody's build... clearly he has had this hardware for some time now, and just wants to share a major aesthetic improvement. Did you really think he bought a whole build worth of hardware that was 4 years old at msrp for a new build? Did you think he somehow got the graphics card and ram for free?

A good rule of thumb is to never comment something other than a future suggestion, serious question, or compliment.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How is it incorrect???? Just from looking at the build from the photos, seems pretty accurate to me.