Description

I was getting tired of my WDTV Live not working properly, and I had a few parts kicking around. Some OCZ memory and the 430W PSU from another build. So why not create a 2nd HTPC! Tried to find a small case that would still fit a standard ATX power supply and the Milo did it! Picked a cheap Pentium and H87 board as I am not going to be overclocking, this is just for video playback. Found a refurbished 128GB M4 and threw in an old DVD-RW (why not!) It all went together with no problems although the cabling is pretty tight between the PSU and optical drive. Happy with the result!

Streaming everything from an 11TB media server built from my previous gaming PC.

Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

What happened to AMD’s FM1 and FM2 APUs? Cheaper and better graphics.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and not a bad price for a HTPC.

Are you running external storage of some kind?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I have an 11TB media server which it will be streaming from :) I should probably put that in the description.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice. What are you using for an OS?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a copy of Windows 7 I put on for now. I'm interested in the new Steam OS, I may give that a shot when it's released. Also, the standalone vesion of XBMC is another option.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

you can get a free windows 10. I don't know how, but look to YouTube

  • 70 months ago
  • -2 points

Not that anyones reviewed it yet - but i wouldn't recommend steam os for this - i imagine it will just be valve trying to metaphorically shove all it's games down your throat, which, as this clearly isn't a gaming build, probably wouldn't be very good for you. If windows 7 is to slow then go for linux mint, it's lightweight and fast.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking more of the streaming feature of SteamOS. Its supposed to allow you to run a game on your gaming PC (which I have) and stream it over a local network to a box running SteamOS. Might be fun to try out.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough, there's no harm in trying.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

This is exactly what I plan on dooing. My build is around $230-$280 (still trying to decide on parts) and I am just holding out till Steam OS is released so I can see if my cheap build will be able to stream. I am hoping to build an HTPC that can replace my xbox 360 for netflix, hulu, and games in the living room (stream games from my good rig upstairs).

I am trying to figure out if I want to make it more for movie streaming or more for game steaming... idk. I guess I'll see how things turn out when they release more info on steam OS!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that pentium temps? I'm looking to put it in my friends new budget gaming pc.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Can any regular optical drive+Psu fit in there? I have seen people complaining that it was hard/impossible to fit both.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

The PSU is 140mm long and the optical drive is 170mm and they just fit. I also had a 180mm optical drive that would not fit. If you want to use a larger 170mm or 180mm PSU, you cant have the optical drive.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for the info. As you seem to have put some thought into the SteamOS streaming option I would like to know if you found any info on cpu requirements for this option. I was thinking of something like an i3-4130 (I have no clue what I'm doing) but the G3220 seems to have similar processing power for a fraction of the price.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Check out this video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIL71Q6eJ2Y&feature=c4-overview&list=UUXuqSBlHAE6Xw-yeJA0Tunw

Seems like either the i3 or the Pentium shouldnt have a problem with game streaming, its more important to have a reliable wired network connection.

Cheers

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Great. Thank you again for your help.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/cptncosmos/saved/3B6A

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

the case looks awesome! good job.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

Going with AMD probably would have been the better option:

  • AMD A4-5300 for $50 CAD
  • MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 for $60 CAD

But other than that: Nice build for the purpose.