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This my 3rd build. So far I use this machine for streaming Steam and playing movies from my home server. I also use it to run KODI. The Fractal Design Node 605 looks nice with my other home entertainment components. Too bad the wiring organization was difficult.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for kodi

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Onboard graphics for streaming movies? I'm not criticizing I just want to know. What is the quality like?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not planning to use a discrete graphics card in my HTPC build either, cut down on heat and power consumption. I imagine the quality will be quite solid since he chose a fairly modern i5. If you think about it, most consumer devices(Macbooks! Surface, XPS, etc) are using integrated graphics and they're built to stream 1080p+ video with ease.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Quality for the particular purpose will be the same as you'd get with a machine 3,4,5 or 10 times the price. If you check the official Kodi forums you'll see that RPi2 can make a kodi player that can do 1080p 3D (it's their recommendation). A Chromebox can do 4k (again recommended by them).

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Insightful. I have a machine that I use in my living room for streaming and basic internet browsing for my wife. It's an old mobo so I've been thinking about upgrading. Putting a solid graphics card in it would be nice but probably overkill.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

My own HTPC is from old parts, there's customized linux distributions that can boot straight into kodi. You'll be amazed on how low you can go in hardware, if you're looking to make an HTPC box I'd check the Kodi forums.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to install Linux Mint on mine and then run KODI or Plex, as well as do some Steam in-house streaming.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm doing exactly that with mine and it works fine. It's built around a Phenom X3 720 just to give you an idea.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! +1

That case looks deep enough that you didn't need such a slim CPU cooler if you wanted a taller one. Not that there's anything wrong with it, I'm sure it's a good one. Noctua seems to do good work.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome!

+1!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Small question. Isn't that a locked motherboard with an unlocked CPU?

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