Description

I built this computer to act primarily as a DVR appliance, everything else was secondary. I had some difficulty finding a cheap but decent case that would fit my 4" height restriction and the SilverStone fit the bill. I had to remove the foot stands to do it, but it fit. (There are two metal stands up front which are removable. Then there are two rear rubber stands which are glued on) I also managed to reuse an old Zalman CPU cooler, it barely clears the crossbar, but it fit. I also had a spare Windows & license and a spare DVD drive I added into this build. The SSD allows it to start up extremely quickly and it boots in about 10 seconds into media center. Some of the issues with the case was with the SSD installation. The case intends you to mount it directly to the bottom of the case, but it is then impossible to connect the power. I ended up only using 2 of the 4 screws in order to have the power connect to the SSD. Even with a modular power supply managing the power cables was incredibly difficult and as you can see they are pretty much just piled in a corner and hoping for the best. It seems to work ok and as long as it's in an open ventilated area the CPU temp hovers around 30-40F. Under load it at most doubles that. The only difficulty is when it's in the slot temperatures can soar to 170F under load. I'm currently looking into getting a side fan but am experimenting with removing the removing the rear rubber stands to hopefully get enough airflow to get closer to 100F.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

But I question the k cpu, why?

  • 74 months ago
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Why not? Might aswell get it, it cannot hurt.

  • 74 months ago
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It's the only A6 with the 8000 graphics.

  • 74 months ago
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True true.

  • 74 months ago
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That and plus why not? haha prices are so low with these A series APUs it's not really a big deal to get the highest you can. highest meaning A4 5300, A6 6400k, A8 6600k, A10 6800k. So I guess I meant highest in the tier

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

this is really cool haha

  • 74 months ago
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Yeah for the K cpu It was really for the graphics. I considered the A10 for a bit, then the A4, but settled on the A6 as a good middle ground. For what it does (streaming, multiple hd channels and maybe down the line SNES duty) everything easily. Thanks for the compliments though!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

How close is the cooler to the crossbar? I have the same case and I am constantly on the lookout for coolers that are confirmed to fit for when I eventually upgrade the CPU. Also, my RAM is not low profile (G. Skill Ripjaws X series). Could there be a problem there with this cooler?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I can try to take a picture later and put it on here. It doesn't touch, but it's pretty darn close. But nothing is bent or force to fit. I did have to move the bar to install, but it swiveled back into place without a problem.

As for the ram, I'll double check, but I'm pretty sure it overhands the ram. So if it has a tall heatsink, it may not fit.

  • 74 months ago
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Ok thanks for the reply.

  • 74 months ago
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I took some more shots. You can see the ram comes very close to the heatsink and because mine is short it doesn't interfere. You can also see the in side profile that my short ram gets close. I also took a profile shot of the heatsink, you can see it's maybe a millimeter away from the bar but doesn't touch. The only other thing to watch out for is the location of the second power cable on the motherboard. The distance from that plug and the fan is maybe the width of a piece of paper, but again, it does not touch.

  • 74 months ago
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Thanks for taking the time to take the pictures! You're right, the crossbar is really close but it still works.

  • 71 months ago
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Thanks for the labels. Seems like a good build.

  • 71 months ago
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streaming xbox work good with this cpu?

  • 69 months ago
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I have no idea. While I have an xbox 360 I've never used it to stream anything. Don't really see the point. Anything I'd stream would be on the HTPC itself.