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So what exactly is this Schiit? First glance at my total build price you'll probably be wondering if I'm stupid or not.

It's a HTPC/Downloader. Not used for gaming, I have something else for that, NO NOT THAT Xbox 360(Except for GTA V).

Mini home theater in my bedroom which I to share with my sister. It's about a 65/35 split, hehe.

CPU: I have a soft spot for Pentiums, damn good CPU at a great price. Over-payed because I chose 1 day Prime shipping on Amazon. Had EVERYTHING but CPU and I could NOT wait.

CPU Cooler: Eh, could be better but it looks nice, high quality and okay performance, or I totally messed up the thermal paste application. I think I'll use Arctic Silver 5 for this PC next time and save the PK3 for my other PC.

Motherboard: Asus fanboy

Memory: I brought G. Skill last time so I HAD to buy Corsair. Wanted heatspeaders because they look cool.

Storage: WD Blue because its my favorite drive by WD. 750GB is from my laptop that got a 1TB HGST upgrade. Man is this thing SLOOOW, good thing its just a storage drive now.

Case: Originally wanted a Corsair 250D but realized how much of a space hog it would be and started looking into Silverstone and this caught my eye quickly. Extremely front heavy thanks to the 10mm thick aluminum. Accidently ripped off the HDD LED but that's great because I never planned on connecting it anyways, way too annoying with it flashing. Power LED is covered with tape otherwise I'll go blind when I'm sleeping at night.

PSU: It's a Corsair. Was on sale on Newegg Shellshocker. Currently awaiting a $20 rebate on it as well which takes an eternity. Dead silent, love the cables it comes with. I covered up the ugly unused bits with tape so I can't see it.

Fan: Took it from my 900D. SUPER quiet. Painting the ring black horribly but you can't really tell but it has runs like a convict who just escaped.

Keyboard: Needed to be a Logitech, wireless and have a touch pad to minimize clutter and ease of use. Really good range on it too. Mini shift and enter key are terrible but manageable. Microsoft just announced their own version which looks perfect but costs more and I can't return my K400 by the time its released so whatever.

Windows: Got it from Uncle who works in the business, free canned air anytime too.

Now, the Schiit. It's a USB DAC because my receiver is older than me by 4 years(25 years old!) and it still works 100% fine, same for the speakers, my Dad brought it in 1989 in good ol' Texas. Receiver doesn't have a DAC because digital media probably didn't really exist yet. Was originally using TV's DAC which is way better than the motherboard audio, motherboard sounds so subdued, no potential at all. Paired it with some beautiful BlueJeans RCA Stereo cables and Mediabridge USB cable. Connected to the TV(Wish it will stop working so I can buy a new one, its from 2008, too old) with Mediabridge HDMI, good bang for buck and quality cables.

If you don't already know, Schiit is the name of an American audio company, I'm not trying to come up with ways to use profanity on this awesome site.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
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What is that mouse? I didn't see it mentioned. Nice build BTW.

  • 68 months ago
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Logitech G500s, I just used it as a size reference. I use it with my main PC, not this.

  • 68 months ago
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Oh OK, thanks.

  • 68 months ago
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Is that a Linus reference?

  • 68 months ago
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I guess, I wasn't thinking about that though at the time but I remember his face now.

  • 68 months ago
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Wait what? I was talking about the title. I was talking about this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32-X4sDzLXw

  • 68 months ago
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Yeah, the thumbnail for that video showed Linus' face. I don't know how to just show that thumbnail but his face was priceless.

  • 68 months ago
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Hi! I just build a htpc based on g3420 and asus h87i plus. may i ask you something? My hdmi port was working ok until i installed intel hd graphics driver. my screen started acting weird, black dots and a lot of artefacts everywhere on the screen it's not usable! if i change from aero to basic it becomes a little more stable but still, scrolling and doing stuff like that it becomes full of artefacts.. oh god, i installed all the drivers i could install, tried everything .. nothing. can't make it work. how's yours? and what do you think could it be? i can return it to amazon but i don't know if it's the mono (since hdmi without intel driver ( i guess onboard chip) works fine, maybe it is the CPU?) guys, please help me!

  • 68 months ago
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Sounds like the board is bad because mine works fine. I'm sure amazon will replace it quickly for you so you can start using your new computer without problems.

  • 68 months ago
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I'm thinking about returning both. CPU board and even ram (1 4gb corsair) while i can. Just to Be sure. Corsair is too tall for node 304. Well, I guess I'll have to wait a week :( btw do I have to pack it exactly like it was? Especially the CPU and the heatsink with thermal paste, or they don't care? Sorry for lots of questions but I waited for my parts a couple of weeks, then spend the entire day building it and can't use it. Kinda frustrating. I could buy a simple graphics card for 20 bucks but I took the 3240 cause I thought it'd be enough for plex and torrents

EDIT I don't think it's the board. It works fine without intel driver for graphics, even in windows loaded without driver. it only does this with driver installed. do you think it's the mobo or just the cpu?

  • 68 months ago
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Might be driver issue then, are you sure its the latest intel driver? I'm using Intel's latest driver not the one Asus provides on their website.

As for returns, I like to repack it as similarly as possible so it looks nice but that's just me. For the heatsink I think you should just clean it off and stick it back into the box or just leave it alone, not too sure about that.

Have you asked on the forum here for help too? Try Tom's Hardware too, great deal of help there.

  • 68 months ago
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I didn't .. For the drivers, I tried everything. From asus cd, from asus website, from intel website. I just discovered that amazon isn't sending ups to take back my pack but I have to send it by post (I'm in Italy) but they did send a Ups for my shoes( they do it for shoes and bags, not electronics) now I don't even know if I wanna sebd it to them cause our postal service is just plain BAD And I'd have to pay for it and it will take weeks . Man I'm so desperate right now, money means a lot to me at this period, that's why my build is so budget. I just wanted to watch movies and tv shows with my girlfriend, ******* I feel like I just wasted 300 euros . I'll try calling amazon and see what they say to me .. Thanks for your reply ...

  • 68 months ago
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i called amazon and they sent me the new mobo and new cpu. if you want, i will update you on the situation, for the sake of science :)

  • 68 months ago
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That's good to hear, make sure to post it on here when your done!

  • 68 months ago
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I remember when I had a Modi/Magni combo and they sure did purr.