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Ultimate HTPC
by Ratmandu
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Description

An over the top home theater system in a custom enclosure.

It began life as a desk build but later became an entertainment center to reflect how I prefer to use it.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.11Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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VENAXIS [1 Build] 15 points 6 months ago

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYUM +1

 
 
 
 
Ratmandu [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

I just wanted to share in a couple different places. And if you follow that thread to the end you'll see I just finished it last weekend. Or finished it the second time rather, after I quit using it as a desk.

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Oh ok. I just assume it is and do a quick google image search any time i see a build as awesome and crazy cool as this! Hope you don't mind!

 
 
p8blr [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

DO WANT. Sick dude, mad props. Very clean. TUTORIAL PLEASE!!!! lol sorry im excited.

 
 
uprightSimian [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Have to agree, that is pretty sick! I now know what my next build will be!

 
 
Beastliness23 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Wow. I'm glad to be one of the first to say that I love this build. +1

 
 
jaredt [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Dang this thing is awesome. Any plans to water cool the graphics card?

 
 
Ratmandu [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Not really, I'm sort of paranoid about taking graphics cards apart. If I do a water cooled gpu at some point it will be when I upgrade and get a EVGA Hydro edition card with the water block already mounted.

 
 
jaredt [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Ya it does look pretty daunting, I may try when I get some cash :)

 
 
sdogg1m [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

You built a custom wood case for your HTPC and you are worried about removing a heat sink? Just get some good instructions or a demonstration off of youtube and follow it.

 
 
Jwood013 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

All you have to do is remove some screws, pull the cooler off and unplug the fan, it'll take you five minutes. My advice is just don't overthink it. Overthinking things can lead to being, well, paranoid! :)

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Have you placed a heatsink on a CPU before? GPUs are the same thing, 'cept the chips are a thousand dollars. They are a little more sensitive to force, but that's it.

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Possibly the best HTPC ever? Amazing job.

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 0 points 6 months ago

not THE best, but waaaaay up there.

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

what project is your fav?

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Someone put a full watercooled computer inside a wall, and put a TV infront of it. You never knew it was there. Imma try and find it and post the link....

 
 
marvin0 1 point 6 months ago

Astonishing.

 
 
sdogg1m [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Show off!!!!

I am guessing you plan on gaming on this rig as well or else why all the power?

Great custom build though. Invite the family and neighbors to see a movie.

 
 
Ratmandu [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I game on it quite a bit. It's just home theater, big screen, surround sound couch gaming.

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

All ready for TitanFall I see :P

 
 
Lokisson [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

If I could +1 this any more I would.

 
 
actechy [4 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

As I started the pics, I was really hoping what looked like just a desk would actually be the entertainment center with TV atop. It was. +1

 
 
mzimmerman23 1 point 6 months ago

NICE!!!

 
 
MangoMonster [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

after seeing the first picture I immediately hit that +1 button

 
 
YodelingTerror 1 point 6 months ago

Do you need more fans?

 
 
ThatsPoorlyDrawn [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Oh...it's nothing spectacular. It's not that powerful of a build. HAHAHA joking!!! This is flipping awesome!! Love it! +1

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Holy ****! I can see you took any notion of a budget HTPC and threw it out the window! Love it!

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

A few words. HOT DAMN! Ok, a couple, but you get the point.

+1 for this build, because f@*k towers.

 
 
nada190 [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

DAMN, how do those custom speakers sound though???

Mad skills you got there.

 
 
Ratmandu [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I really enjoy these speakers. They're a Jim Holtz design, which you can learn about here: http://speakerdesignworks.com/Statements_Monitor.html

 
 
joeh4384 [4 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

How loud do you have to crank those speakers to overtake the fans?

 
 
Ratmandu [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I've got enough cooling capacity that all the fans run under 500rpm, and the whole system is quieter than the noise floor of the room it's in.

 
 
joeh4384 [4 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

It looks spectacular. Well done.

 
 
canders [6 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

The build log is definitely worth a look. +1

 
 
Graestone45 1 point 6 months ago

+1 for the marantz. Very few people truly understand the meaning of high fidelity audio.

 
 
cooperred [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Mother of PCs..... +1

 
 
Bladedrummer [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

(Randy Marsh voice) It´s beautifuuuuul!

 
 
wizzer59 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Luverly, well done.

 
 
ImSooBored 1 point 6 months ago

Dayuuum

 
 
ib10xs4u2 1 point 6 months ago

I use to spend a fair amount of time on home theater sites and saw some really nice projects made from scratch. This wooden case is astonishing. No one would ever know what you have hidden there. What's the clarity of computer text on the 60" screen? Super nice system.

 
 
mrluckypants96 1 point 6 months ago

Nice, I love unique rigs like this. +1

 
 
mstg2000 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

An over the top home theater system in a custom enclosure. WOW, that's putting it mildly... Awesome job!

 
 
AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

The price of all your fans combines of more than your OS

 
 
Ratmandu [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

It's even worse than that, this is the second set of fans. The original set was just too loud.

 
 
AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

So you spent more on fans than your CPU.

 
 
Elshelfo 1 point 1 month ago

Could have used more fans ;P

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