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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.

My Thoughts....

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.

To do;

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!

Cheers

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I am also looking for suggestions for a GPU capable of playing Ghosts, War Thunder and Grid 2 and medium to high settings. It also needs to be quiet for the majority of the time. I don't mind some fan noise whilst playing the games but most of the time it needs to be as quiet as possible.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but you could've got a WD blue hdd instead of red. Also, you can tuck the wires in the corners, and make them go all the way through the sides and above the ram to the motherboard only if the cables are long enough. Also for the gpu you get get the R9-270x but need to know your budget for better suggestion.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I had already purchased the WD red and couldn't return it so I went with it. I'm happy enough with it.

Actually, the Hdd noise is non existent even when I was dumping 1.5TB of data on to it!

I am going to work on the cabling, I am thinking about getting some better quality sata cables and will measure what I'd need to route around the inside of the case.

As for GPU, the primary function is htpc. The on board HD4600 is more than ok for that so I have time to make the right choice for GPU. I am by no means a 'gamer' I just like playing a few games every now and then. So budget is open for the right card. However, I do want it to be a power efficient card. The nvidia maxwell tech seems to suit that goal.....

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Having just looked at the photos again I must apologise for the decor! The house is in a state of renovation that has just been prolonged to allow the build of the above PC!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

what price point of GPU do you want for playing those games?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

My maximum is really about £150 and I would like to get that as near to £100 as possible really.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Here http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43751kr Its the EVGA GTX 750ti its a great small card at £110 :D plays a lot of current games even BF4 at Ultra settings at smooth frame rates

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, that looks like a good card for the money.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, any AMD Radeon R7 265 would be good choice as they equivalent in cost and run a little faster outside of overclocking.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I have added a few more pictures;

1 of my cable tidying effort, one of the cases' USB 3 connector which is seriously stiff and popped out of it's socket and of the HDD mounts. The HDD mounts are very well designed. I can't hear any HDD noise at all from outside of the case!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build, as well as the title. As far as a suggestion for a GPU goes I can't help, as there are so many to choose from. What I can tell you on the subject is to research it. This way the build is all your own. If someone, anyone suggest a particular GPU, ask them to support it when something goes wrong. Get the most fun out of your build by doing the research.