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Use this as an HTPC/Steambox. I have XBMC/Plex server installed as well as Steam running Windows 7 OS.

The confined spaces and 450w PSU limit were constraining but neither kept this build from being great. I did have to return an HIS gfx card that was too big and drew too much power.

I have done a few revisions like finally adding the better CPU heatsink and the accelero xtreme which dramatically reduced my temps and noise.

This rig runs most of my games at high or ultra settings and gets me 60fps or higher. Far Cry 3 was the most demanding game and I was scared to play it before replacing the heatsinks as the fans would hit 100% speed and the temps would skyrocket into the 75-85 degree range.

I have seen some watercooled setups etc. but I didn't have any luck with that and using a full sized gfx card. If you are looking for a good form factor and the ability to run a full sized gfx card this rig will not disappoint.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Great rig I build something like this. Only that I considered TPU of the gpu and took nvidia because gtx 750 ti because the low profile. Btw, I liked the aeon nox skin in xbmc/kodi ,you did some special customization to it? It looks different Anyway liked it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yeah the thermals with a full sized, power hungry GPU in this case can be a challenge. That's why I added that Artic cooler. Which barely fits BTW, lol. It was definitely a challenge to say the least but it is now performing fantastically. So if you ever decide to upgrade your GPU don't be afraid to. I know I've seen some folks with 290x cards in theirs. Yes, I have highly customized my Aeon Nox skin. I love that skin. Works perfectly for my setup.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you use madvr with your htpc? Your graphics card would really work well with that

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't but I will check it out. . Sounds right up my alley. Thanks. The gamut and gamma correction alone would be a very welcome tool set.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

You really should, obviously you bought that graphics card for gaming, I don't game, but the amd card is especially good as the best upscaling algortihm nnedi3. If you ever upgrade to using a 4k monitor, you can upscale your blu-ray's/1080p video better than some image processors costing several thousand dollars.

Even with just a 1080p monior, if you're watching video less than 1080p it'll upscale the video far better than the blurry mess you usually get.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! definitely gonna check it out this week.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you think the case will be able to fit in a backpack? I'm looking to buy it as one to move around a bit with

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the size of the backpack but yeah it could probably fit in a larger pack.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Think of the case as not much larger than an Xbox 360.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the NT06 Pro? Is it good enough to cool down an overclocked i5 4690k?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have my cpu overclocked (it's on performance mode though using Atuning) but it stays pretty cool on idle and even when stress testing on maximum with IntelBurnTest it never got above 60C. Well below it's 72C maximum temp. I think the cooler is fantastic for my setup

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you use an external USB BluRay drive. Definitely a better route than using an internal IMO as well. :)