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I've never built a computer before, much less done anything with hardware, so this was a learning experience for me. I wanted to build a HTPC/gaming machine for the living room. The purpose of it to replace a Bluray player, Xbox 360, and Apple TV. I started out with plans to use Kaveri when it came out, but decided to go Intel when I saw the price/performance of the APU. I waited for deals on parts and pieced everything together over about 2 1/2 months.

I'm pretty happy with the performance so far. I'm planning on installing a CPU cooler eventually, probably a Noctua NH-C14 or NH-L12. Coming from gaming on a 360, the difference is practically night and day.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Have you considered getting a low profile CPU cooler, or is the stock one good enough for you? Also, why did you choose the G41 PC Mate? Is there any particular reason?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I went past my budget a bit but want to add a Noctua NH-L12....hopefully soon. I went with the G41 because I got it with a CPU/RAM combo from MicroCenter. It's one thing I'd like to upgrade when I get more $$$.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty darn powerful HTPC. Nice job.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm looking forward to some 1080p gaming!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How quiet is the system for watching movies and playing games? Can you hear the fans or is it pretty quiet?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a little noisy until I put the fan controller in. By turning them down, it's virtually silent for movies. I generally turn up the fans for games though as I haven't put a decent CPU cooler in yet.

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