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Hello everybody this is my second and newest build, a HTPC ( Home Theater Personal Computer). For $350 (not including tax) I think this is a great build for the price. My family mainly uses it for Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube. This system replaced our old blue-ray player and Apple TV. Not only am I able to watch content, but i could I also play several great games over 60 fps. The games I play that run over 60 fps include Risk of Rain (high settings) and Castle Crashers (medium settings). Most games on this pc are multiplayer, allowing me to plug in some Xbox controllers and play up to four people.

You might be wondering why I got a relatively high-priced motherboard. I could have gone with a cheaper motherboard. The reason is for future upgrades. I plan on installing my friends R9 270x video card to get more performance and play higher demanding games. I also plan to upgrade to a quad-core processor later on. Overall for the price, I love this cheap and easy build. It was a joy to build from beginning to end. If you have any questions or pointers regarding the parts and/or installation process please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Thanks


Update 4/3/15: GPU Installation

-Installed used MSI GTX 660 OC

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Very cool. I love mITX cases but they are usually terrible for cable management. Kudos for doing your best with that tangle of wires!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I also decided on getting a Pentium G3258 without buying a dgpu for the time being, I noticed that hardware 4k h264 decoding wasn't available on my gpu, Is it possible if you could try to playback at 4k video on youtube in internet explorer (as chrome uses vp9) and see if it causes the tab to crash? There is an app called dxva checker that is more accurate but it'd be rude for me to ask you to install something.

Thanks

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure the integrated gpu can handle 4k video playback just fine.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not sure how to post a pic in comments, but dxva checker says it can't. My CPU usage shoots up when I play 4k h264, for high bit-rate 4k h264 videos, I get dropped frames.

Theres a utility called dxva checker that tells you if it can. For the 4000 series igpu it works fine, but from this summer, I saw on a forum that a g3420 user saw it was diabled in a beta driver.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoops! i totally forgot that important detail in this build! I actually got this optical drive(its in the part list now) from a buddy for free who didn't need it anymore. my bad everyone!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

The Intel Pentium that he has in the build has an integrated graphics card in it. This pretty much saves the build an extra 100-some dollars. If he's using it just to play some games and to watch videos, a separated graphics card is not too necessary. It'd be nice, but not priority.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

He is talking about a DVD drive, not a graphics card lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, well, it says on the front of the box, in the first picture "LG Blueray DIsk" so I thought he got confused

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I think op was talking about a bluray or DVD drive.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, well, it says on the front of the box, in the first picture "LG Blueray DIsk" so I thought he got confused