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HTPC Ver. 2.3

by sketch24



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Dropped an i5-3450 into my all-purpose mining, gaming, HTPC build to give it extra processing power for encoding and gaming. I also have a 6850 connected through a PCIe x1 riser. The total hashrate is about 780 MH/s. FPS in battlefield 3 is 50-60 on a 1080p screen with settings on ultra and AA/MSAA on lowest settings. It can do any HTPC functions without any problems. Mining has covered about a 1/3 of the total cost of the build so far, and I think I'm done upgrading for at least a year.

Mining eventually covered the cost of all the upgrades so I sold the 6850 and only have the 7950 in it.

I wanted better cooling because you can overclock the i5-3450 four steps above stock, so I bought the Zalman CNPS9500A. The cooler does not fit in the case, so I had to bend some of the top fins out of the way to make it fit. Doesn't affect the cooling performance, but it killed the looks.

EDIT: The fan on the 7950 died, so I sent it in for warranty repair. MSI decided to send back a MSI TF 7970 BE instead!

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Jimmy 1 point 61 months ago

I don't think you'll be having space problems =P Also that case doesn't look very good for cable management but all in all good build.

sketch24 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

Yeah. My cable management was better on a previous version of this build, but adding the extra 6850 kind of made that useless. Once I get a BF labs jalapeno and sell the 6850, I'll work on better cabling.

Jimmy 1 point 61 months ago

I wasn't saying you did a bad job lol I was just saying that case didn't look like it was good for cable management. I mean your cables aren't blocking any airflow so it doesn't matter anyways.

TestBuilds 1 point 61 months ago

Why 5400 rpm, when 7200 is the same price? Other than that great build.

sketch24 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

5400rpm was much cheaper than 7200rpm when I got the drives. I actually got the 2TB drives for ~$85 and ~$95 after tax and shipping because they were external usb drive pulls.

TestBuilds 1 point 61 months ago

Well in that case, they were a good deal.

danielhep 1 point 61 months ago

Wow. I need to learn how to mine bitcoins!

ricoyung 1 point 54 months ago

Would you say the PSU was relatively quiet or noisy, and was the component build quality good or poor?,or anywhere in between?

sketch24 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

It's pretty quiet compared to the other fans in the case. I didn't open the thing up so I can't comment on the component quality. If you read the review on hardwaresecrets it does have quality components based on their review.

ricoyung 1 point 54 months ago

Cool:) Thnx Sketch..wanted 2 no cause its in my parts list for my newest build

Mattyice47 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Why do you need 4 computer build's?

sketch24 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I only have two in my apartment. One is a HTPC and the other is a gaming desktop. The other ones are for family.

OverlordQ -1 points 61 months ago

lol bitcoins.