This was my first build. The main focus was on a quiet, aesthetically pleasing HTPC with gaming capabilities and NAS, on a $2000 budget.
The CPU powering this build is the newest generation Intel Core i5-6600K Skylake processor. I selected this model because I may want to overclock in the future. This processor should be more than enough for most current games. I paired the processor with the Asus Z170M motherboard. This fit the ATX Mini Tower and came highly recommended. For cooling, the Noctura NH-L9i proved to be dead silent.
For storage, this machine uses the Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD, running Windows 10. For the media storage, I chose a to link the Synology 415 Play. This offered flexible NAS customization, easy remote access and dedicated HD transcoding. It syncs with Dropbox and all other cloud solutions, creating extra peace of mind. The 6TB Western Digital Red drive should be more than enough to start – offering ample expandability as my library and storage needs evolve.
This machine would be soul-less without a powerful graphics card. This choice was a tough one. After much deliberation (and measuring) I ended up going with the MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB This fir within the case, and should provide more than enough power for high definition streaming and gaming at 1080p.
All of these components come together inside of the Antec 600M. The case was originally chosen for its small size and optical bay, although the Blu-Ray drive didn’t fit after installing the GeForce. This case is sleek and compact. The system is powered by the SeaSonic 650W ATX12V power supply which delivers strong performance and is highly regarded among reviewers.
For remote control, Flirc works perfectly with my Harmony 900.
Other than the optical drive not fitting, everything works perfectly! The system is lightning fast – Kodi is amazing. Thank you to the whole community - @river82 and @jamvanderloeff, your input proved very helpful. Special thanks to @astrongwater for your unwavering support and inspiration.