Basically the current TV I owned since 2008 was dying so I decided to take the next step and bought a new tv. In this case, I bought a new 55 inch 4k television. However, in order to use it to the best of it's abilities I decided to make a new PC alongside with it. Thus, I ended up making a new HTPC which ended up being not only my new home network server to hold a lot of storage, but it also ended up as a streaming/gaming machine.....
Background: Before I decided to do this build I had actually received a free old PC from my work which I had been using as a NAS Server to hold all of our movies and shows so we could access them over our wireless network. Because I got this new TV I decided to not just make an HTPC but also make it the new home of my NAS Server. I ended up changing it to a home network server which worked perfectly. Also, because of the minimum requirements to run 4k is dependent on getting a 900 series card I decided to also make this PC capable of streaming since I sometimes do that on the side or let my friend stream from my house.
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Furthermore, the prices on some of the parts are very low because I bought most of these parts secondhand from my brother who just upgraded to a mini itx case (Fractal Node 202).
Goal: Spend a maximum of $1000 for everything to have an enjoyable 4k experience.
I chose the i5 processor for two reasons. The first reason is because of the motherboard. The motherboard actually came first before the processor so it led to me purchasing this. I decided to get an i5 so it wouldn't bottleneck the gtx 900 series card. However, the funny story is that I had originally won an auction for an i5-2500 on ebay, but to my surprise I ended up getting an i5-2500k so that was nice. For $93, not too bad.
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master T4
I originally was going to use the 212 Plus I had purchased from my brother, but instead I decided to swap out the T4 from my main PC and used it for this build. (The 212 Plus has better Overclocking capabilities so it matched my main PC better, which has a 4790k)
MOTHERBOARD: ASROCK Z68 Extreme3 Gen 3
Purchased this from my brother. It's decent, but sadly along the way I somehow bent the pins as you can see from the pictures. Thankfully I was able to fix them and so far everything is working fine. Only thing I hate about this motherboard is that there is no USB 3.0 hub.
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16gb
Took this ram from my main PC (The new 16gb ram sticks I bought are now in my Main pc). Although 16gb is excessive, almost every 8gb stick set I found was always around $40 so spending an extra 15ish was worth it, especially since this will help with streaming.
Literally, all of these hard drives were taken from my brother's old pc, my main pc, a hard drive that was extracted from a former external 1tb hard drive, and the hard drive from the free pc i got from work. Each hard drive stores a specific type of item. However, the main hard drive is the WD Digital Scorpio Black 250gb HDD since I got that hard drive from the free pc.
Video Card: GTX 970
I originally was planning on getting any video card that had hdmi 2.0 but due to my luck on craigsilist I was able to find a gtx 970 for $200.... I don't know how, or why I was so lucky but I will accept my luck and be happy with it.
Case: Fractal Define R4
Purchased this case from my brother, its overall a silent case with all the HDDs in it. It also looks very stylish with its nice black finish
Power Supply: Corsair 650W
Purchased this from my brother, it does what it needs to do.
OS: Windows 10
Got it free with the HDD I extracted from the PC I got for free.
Case Fan: Noctua Fan
Replaced the fan on the cpu cooler
Logitech k400 plus for wireless access Logitech x-540 for the sound system Toshiba Canvio Basics 2.0tb as another hard drive.
The TV is a Westinghouse WE55UC4200. Which is a 4k 55inch tv. Although it isn't the best top tier tv, the screen is amazing and because I'm only using it for the screen, the sound (which is pretty bad) isn't a bother, and the "smart apps" isn't a bother either.
Overall, for under $1000 I was able to create a new 4k experience for my family and I
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