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First I just want to thank the community for the tips and tricks for a build like this. Couldn't have done it without you guys

This is my first ever PC build and my first new desktop PC in over 10 years so I had some catching up to do. I wanted an all encompassing media machine, but as I don't do a lot of "hardcore" gaming anymore, I opted for a solid performing i5 processor. I definitely knew I needed an SSD for this build and the 840 evo matched all of my needs. To hold all of my media, I invested in a standalone NAS unit and added two 3TB WD red drives (plenty of storage!). I splurged big time on the GTX 770, but at the price I couldn't say no. The sound card came from my old HP desktop and seems to work well with the other components so far.

I love the aesthetic of the Silverstone case, but as a first time builder, cable management was a bit challenging.

After two weeks of use, Its blazing fast and quiet as a mouse. I couldn't be happier with this build and it's everything I thought it would be. I installed Windows 8.1 as an operating system after toying with Linux and media player operating systems.

I would love any comments or suggestions! Thanks!

UPDATE 02/18/16: Build is still going strong! Ive filled about 2/3 of my NAS with media and built a decent home streaming network using the Plex server platform. It works great!. I also purchased a GTX 750 Ti and am using that in this system instead of the GTX770 which I moved to my gaming rig.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! But... Why is your Xbox 360 upside down?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

It is?! It's been like that for years haha. Hope it'll be ok!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build mate! How is that NAS treating you, I was thinking about getting one.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, quite a steal on that 770, nice find! How's that CPU and MOBO treating you?

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Both are pretty much no frills and faster than anything I've ever used by comparison, though I haven't really put them through the ringer yet. I booted up Skyrim last night in 1080P on max settings and load times were less than 2 seconds with no discernible lag of any kind, though I didn't check the FPS. I did notice that the max memory speed for the board is 1600 so it down-clocked my memory to match the specification. Anyone think that'll be a problem in the future?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you really need the fan? Since the CPU is not overclocked, wouldn't the stock fan be enough?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

No I don't think the fan was necessary for heat purposes, but due to the form factor of the case and trying to keep sound to a minimum, I think the fan was a decent investment. It's really quiet compared to the stock and that matters to me since the PC is in amongst my HT setup. I considered replacing the stock silverstone fans as well, but after playing around for a little, I found no real difference in sound from the case fans comparing stock to stand-alones.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the build. You said you tried Linux for your media, did that not work well? I am starting a build for main/ htpc and was thinking of Linux, but heard for the htpc part might have problems. Is that why you switched to Win 8?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually got the whole thing up and running in linux, but Ive always been a little more comfortable with windows, just a preference thing. I also wasn't planning on gaming with the PC build initially, but when I got a deal on the 770, I couldn't resist. Games look and play incredibly with this build, but again everything behaves a little better on windows. If I was doing a pure HTPC with a more modest GPU, I would definitely consider one of the linux based HTPC centric environments.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Its fast a quiet. I have no complaints. Only Raid 0 and Raid 1 options though. You need the 104 to get 4 bays and enable Raid 5/10 etc

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How do u like the cpu cooler? Temps if possible :-)