This is an ongoing build but this is it so far now it is built and working.....
I have spent many, many hours on here looking at people's builds and decided to go for it myself. I want a PC that can replace the Mac Mini (not used), Raspberry Pi (XBMC), Blu-ray player, Netgear Stora (NAS) and eventually my Sky+ HD box (Hopefully).
This PC needs to do the following;
Media Player Transcode media for less capable devices (Raspberry Pi) File Share/Server Steam Photo editing Blu-ray/DVD player And eventually use a HD satellite card (Looking for suggestions with this)
I settled on a case first and for a long time it was the only thing I was sure on. I've swung from AMD APU to Intel & GPU many times and eventually Intel won out. I thought a decent i5 and GPU would be a better longer term investment. So I opted to start with the i5 and use the HD4600 iGPU for now until I can afford the GPU.
Case - I love it! It is exactly what I was hoping for. It is sleek, nearly matches my AV Receiver for size and is big enough to work with. It really is good quality and the 3 speed fan controller that is set by a switch on the side is great. The only negatives with it are the need for a Slimline ODD (Finding a reasonably priced slot loading BD-rom is proving hard going) and the lack of IR window but I am going to hide the XBox and Keyboard receivers when I settle on a new cabinet.
CPU - Nothing much to say - Need to learn how you guys do all your temp readings and benchmarks. The bundled cooler is not great. Will try and get something quieter.
Motherboard - Easy to work with but the IO plate is really cheap and flimsy but I've not built a PC in a long time so that may be the norm now...
Memory - Nice fast memory and not overly high (Will help with future CPU cooler choice)
SSD - Quick! Boots into Windows 8.1 in about 5 seconds
PSU - Very quiet, in fact so far I've not heard the fan come on. I mustn't be using enough power yet! The modular cables are very stiff and are not easy to manipulate. I'm going to look into possibly replacing them with the braided type if that is even possible?
Keyboard - Works great
Xbox controller - Also works great. Nothing to setup in Windows 8.1 just worked straight away.
Cable tidying CPU Cooler More HDD's and setup the RAID Case fans (1 x 120mm and 2 x 80mm) Lots of software config Install a Satellite card Remote controller
Apologies for the lack of cable management, the cables on the RM550 are really stiff and I am trying to work out what to do for best. Please let me know if you have any ideas.
I will update this build as I go.
14/04/2014 Update I've had a quick go at some tidying in the case but it doesn't make it easy. I've had to remove the 2nd HDD caddy (nearest the PSU) as even though the PSU is 30mm shorter than the recommended maximum the caddy was putting serious pressure on the cables and connectors going into the PSU. Not sure what to do about that.
Please let me know what you think!