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RVZ01 Gaming HTPC

by vanburen1845

57
18 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 14, 2014

Date Built

May 3, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.11Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01Ghz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

Description

Once I saw the specs and prices on the steam boxes coming out I realized I needed to build my own to get what I wanted. I found this case to be perfect for what I wanted: a full size graphics card in a case that didn't look out of place in an entertainment center. This was my first build and you can see in the pictures that I learned to manage the cables better as time went on (the short flexible flat Silverstone PSU cables helped but are not required for this case). Initially I found the stock cpu cooler to be too loud while playing Crysis 3 so I installed the NH-L9i, which made a big improvement in noise. "Load" temperatures are the maximum temps from playing Crysis 3. A third case fan (with the adapter or splitter to connect it) or aftermarket CPU cooler is a must for heavy gaming at living room noise levels. I tried out a Noctua NF-P12-1300 fan and am very happy with it.

The biggest thing I would change is getting a motherboard that had an optical sound output. Those ugly furniture rubber feet rising the case up are a temporary solution to getting more airflow to the GPU while still having the case oriented horizontally. If I was building this today I would probably hold out for the almost identical ML07 case for looks alone.

The cooler and RAM were actually a bundle for -$16, which I just subtracted from the RAM purchase price.

Comments Sorted by:

GaryOakFJ 1 Build 9 points 11 months ago

-1 for inferior console

jk of course, very well done

vanburen1845 submitter 1 Build 6 points 11 months ago

Yeah I know. Someday I'll get a WiiU.

bloodroses75 1 Build 3 points 11 months ago

Nice build! RVZ01 cases are a pain to work in, but so rewarding in the end. +1

obsideo 5 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks for the detailed photos, including the size comparison to gaming consoles.

xBlood_Monkey 9 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I love SFF builds! :D

Turtlewaf 1 point 11 months ago

Has anyone heard that the haswell refresh came out yesterday?

castortroy 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

nice build but i would have used a blower style video card instead of dual fans.

vanburen1845 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Looking around on various forums it seemed that people had good noise and temperature results with the ACX cooler and the two intake fans blowing directly on the card.

No_idea 1 point 11 months ago

hi there, Planning on building a pc pretty much the same as yours, but with a msi gtx 760. on the silverstone 450w sfx, it looks like there is only room on the power supply to plug in 1 8 pin pcie power connector whereas the GTX 760 and 770 require 1 8 and 6 pin pcie power connectors, am I missing something here?

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No_idea 2 points 11 months ago

actually I figured it out through photos, the 8 pin GPU and 6 pin are the on the same cable which plug into the blue part of the PSU

haidarfarhan 0 points 2 months ago

silverstone FTZ01 much better material, full metal body with same chasis

Kitswift 4 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Also wasn't out when OP built this.

ThePCGamer123 -6 points 11 months ago

Nice build +1, but that PSU does not seem sufficient enough, maybe 550 watts or 600 at least, apart from that +1!

shrimpaycheck 7 points 11 months ago

450 watts is enough for what its in there, most of the Steam boxes that shipped had 450 watt power supplies and some of them were pushing i7s and GTX780s

MertArm 7 points 11 months ago

Silverstone is coming out with new 600W SFF PSUs soon.

uin12nerfer 1 point 11 months ago

yaaaay

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xBlood_Monkey 9 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Actually... Tiny Tom Logan from OC3D actually made a How many watts does your power supply need? video about 2.5 months ago, where he ran an i5-4670k @ 4.4Ghz, 16GB of 2400Mhz RAM, and a GTX 780 Ti on...

Wait for it...

A Corsair RM 450.

So as long as it's a great PSU (and Silverstone always makes great PSUs), then you're good to go with as little as 450W.

Personally, I would prefer a bit more overhead (at least 500W), but yeah.

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It's plenty of wattage unless he gets a card that is dual GPU. Silverstone makes/uses high quality power supplies. Also, it is the best SFX power supply out there until their 600w comes out as it is an uncommon form factor.