Description

This was actually my second HTPC build. My first one had much older hardware. (EVGA 680i SLI, Intel Q6600, 8GB DDR2 ram, HD 4850/GTX 460) and wasn't much to look at or even post. So, this was a dedicated HTPC and emulator gaming rig. It worked really well for what I used it for. I actually took this one apart last week in order to upgrade/build a media center/HTPC. Basically I had some spare parts and I purchased a motherboard and a power supply to complete it.

I absolutely LOVE Fractal Design. The Define Mini actually was my first case from them and I've been highly, highly impressed with it. Definitely the BEST case maker on the market right now.

Windows 8 was perfect in this sense. Combined with the K400 keyboard, excellent media center combo. Only thing this was missing was a TV Tuner card.

Anyway, comments, questions are always welcome. Thanks for looking.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

Awesome HTPC build! What kind of games will you be emulating?

  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

It was N64 single players mostly. I need to get around to buying some N64 USB controllers so I can have friends over and play Smash Bros and Mario Party.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm pretty sure you can play SSBB on a wii emulator, with no problems whatsoever :D

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't experimented with the Wii emulator at all. Not sure how to integrate the motion controllers.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

What's the 7870 for?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought the 7870 XT along with the ASRock Z77 Pro4m so I had them in the same picture!

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

I like this build! Good job :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

I personally think bitfenix and fractal are tied but that just my opinion

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed that both of the above make really excellent cases, though it's hard to compete with some of the NZXT cases in terms of cable management at their price points ($35 for the source 210 which has 200r level cable management for about half the price, and the Phantom 410's cable routing options are better than anything else i've seen on any other manufacturer). My one qualm with the Phantom I have is that it's a bit loud, and I think that fractal and bitfenix are both better in this respect.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Which Phantom do you have? I have the 820 as well and love everything ALMOST everything about it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

The 410. Definitely an excellent case, I have a feeling it's just because it's always sitting right next to me and I'm really aggressive with my fan curves that it's so loud.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I love my fan controller. Keeps everything nice and quiet, especially on the H100. If I need something cooled, I can turn it up. But I prefer a quiet PC.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not had the chance to build in a Bitfenix case. Nothing in their lineup really appeals to me though so perhaps that is why. I really would love the chance to build in lots of different cases.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

i'm personally looking at the prodigy for a media pc for my parents.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I see that as more of a LAN rig. I'm not a huge fan of them. I'd rather have a REAL mITX case, than one pretending to be.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I can agree with that, but as i mentioned earlier, i'm a bit of a temperature freak, and would like to be able to put a proper aftermarket cooler in.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah that makes sense. I'm going with the Lian Li PC-TU200B and probably an H90/X40 (whichever is cheaper at the time).