The purpose of this project was to build a capable Home Theater PC, while keeping the costs low.
An additional goal was to make it as inconspicuous as possible. This involved purposefully obtaining a used-looking case, and doing as few modifications to the mostly visible (front) side as possible. The only changes visible from the front are the 8-bit Mario ventilation holes on the top, and the green LED (as opposed to the original red LED).
The original power and reset switch were preserved, as well as the controller ports (although they were left unwired to keep costs low).
Prime95 as well as other tests were run to ensure that the system is receiving adequate ventilation and no overheating is taking place.
Boot time is approximately 3-5 seconds, thanks to the UEFI installation and the SSD.
Add'l Tools/Supplies used: 1. Epoxy, mechanical screws, nuts, and other miscellaneous 2. Dremel
Build progress pictures: http://imgur.com/a/H7KL6
|CPU||Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core||$42.98||SuperBiiz|
|CPU Cooler||Rosewill RCX-Z775-LP 33.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$12.09||Amazon|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 Tri-Linear 25g||$6.24||OutletPC|
|Motherboard||ASRock H61MV-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155||$54.98||Newegg|
|Memory||Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$44.99||Newegg|
|Storage||Toshiba Q Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$74.00||B&H|
|Power Supply||FSP Group 220W Mini ITX||$47.99||Mwave|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$97.49||SuperBiiz|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Edimax EW-7811Un 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0||$8.99||Newegg|
|Keyboard||Favi FE01-BL w/Touchpad||$19.77|
|Custom||Nintendo Entertainment System||$30.00|
|StarTech.com Replacement Power Reset LED Wire Kit for ATX Case Front Bezel BEZELWRKIT||$6.99|
|Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||2.6GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||37.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||62.0° C|