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PS4 hasn't been turned on since I built this little beast. Handles anything I throw at it.

This started as my attempt to build a <$600.00 HTPC that can handle the games that I play. As we all know... Plans can change. I started with the cheapest mini ITX case that I could find that would take full size components. Thermaltake Core V1.

Then... I was gifted a new ROG Maximus Impact VII ITX motherboard and plans changed. It just seemed insulting to put the parts I had in my cart onto it.

I'm using an I5 4590 @ 3.3ghz. I know it seems cheap on an ROG board but this part was bought when I was trying not to go over $600.00 total budget and I see no huge benefit to upgrading yet as I have no need to OC at its current usage.

I went with an H60 cooler due to crowded conditions in my tv stand, but probably won't have to worry about it since my consoles are headed for the kids rooms. It's quiet enough for me, I can't hear it at all when I'm sitting on my couch.

The GTX 780 wasn't my first choice, I first used an EVGA GTX 750ti due to low power / temps, but found it lacking for my needs. It fit (barely) and it kills any of my favorite games. It was also pulled from spare parts and cost me nothing.

It runs cool and quiet enough without additional case fans, the only issue is a bit of heat building up at the corner of the case near the power switch, where the graphics card reaches past the interior of the case. Currently scores 7975 on 3Dmark Firestrike @ 1080p in default configs.

3tb media storage, 1tb for games and 240gb SSD for OS & Apps.

Wireless keyboard with touchpad for media and a 12' usb extension so I can use my gaming keyboard and mouse when needed.

So far I'm very satisfied with this build.

Part Reviews

Case

Nice case, Feels a little flimsy, loose fit on side panels made audible vibration when volume & bass were up.- adhesive felt stopped it.

The part that bugs me - the case is ALMOST black, it has a grayish tone that really stands out (to my eye) when next to other components and black TV stand.

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

For roughly 4 times the price, this thing better destroy consoles.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

More like "Console OVERkiller" :P No console stands a chance against this puppy...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That is better than a console. No doubt about it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the point in making a "console killer" was to get better performance at the same price point.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Not if you consider the cost of an Xbox One & PS4 combined. Then add the cost of storage for many games and movies, 3D capability, better games, streaming options, User serviceability and more.

Plus it looks clean as its now the only device on the tv stand.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't doubt that it's good, and that it does far more than a console.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Combinding the cost doesn't make sense... The point of a console killer is for people who have the budget for about a console price and want to buy a PC, so they're looking for a PC to be cheaper than one console.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense to me, I have ps4, Xbox 360, JTAG 360, PS3 and Wii. When the family started asking for XBOX one, I decided that buying soon to be outdated hardware would be easier at a component level vs Entire system. I effectively KILLED'EM all.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

And also, each console is only about $250 so I don't know where you got $1000

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe the title wasn't so well thought.

I not only got rid of a few consoles, but with hyperspin and a a few emulators, I've been given access to many of the games from my past.

Compared to some of the new "gaming HTPC" all in one machines (steam box, Alienware) and the like, the performance and serviceability ( as well as the cost of replacement consoles when they break) Will likely prove to be cost effective.

The cost of all my dead Xbox 360's Probably surpasses this thing :)

Not to mention being able to mod games , texture packs and never paying membership fees for access.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

if there where $900 consoles....idk man lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I know :) It began as a mission to stay under $600.00 But as usual I got carried away. The reality is that if I were to add the cost of my spare parts it would be near $1400

I wasn't really trying to beat the cost of a console, I want to eliminate the need for multiple consoles.

I'm confident that I could have well beaten the price & performance of a modern console using AMD guts, value ram and a cheap Radeon card.

My point became to make a fair Gaming Pc That also plays movies and fits in my living room.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell me you dont game with that keyboard mouse hybrid thing

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Not worth event trying for games!

It IS great for browsing, Kodi, apps and works (fair)as a drawing tablet with a stylus.

XBOX 360 dongle is handy for the games that I'm used a to playing on console.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice case you got there !

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

console killer murderer

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Why did u roll with the GTX 780 instead of the GTX 970?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I started with the concept of cheap and efficient. Air cooled, smaller psu and GTX 750ti. I bought the case, 750ti and cpu first as I found them at the right price to get under my initial <$600 budget.

Unfortunately, I have a liking for Asus Rog products and when I was gifted a new Maxmus Impact VII board I felt guilty populating it with the parts I had in mind.

I was already over my planned budget when I decided that a 750ti wouldn't do & I had a less efficient, louder but more powerful 780 In spare parts. I still want to move up to a 970 or better when I can spend the money because although the 780 meets my needs, the end of the card extends out or the chassis behind the front bezel and heat is being trapped in with little to no airflow at the end of the heat sink.

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