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I decided to build an HTPC out of some spare parts including: R9 280X, Antec 650W PSU, 840 Evo and a couple of Corsair fans. The reason I built a HTPC was that my wife and stepdaughter like to play games like Skyrim, Fable and there are a few other RPG's that they can't play on their laptops. The other nice thing with the HTPC build is streaming from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu since we cut cable over a year ago and the ability to have all our movies stored on the HDD.

The other reason I build this was I needed a project for my PC Maintenance final for my computer support degree and I thought this would be a cool project and a good way to show my team member that wants to build a PC over summer break that it's nothing to be afraid of. So with that said this is my build.

I3 6100: I decided on the 6100 after reading reviews between this processor and my old FX8320 that's collecting dust In my drawer. I went with the 6100 after seeing that in most games the I3 outperformed the 8320 by a fair margin. I also really liked my 6600k that I have in my gaming rig. This little i3 plays the Witcher 3 perfectly despite not being in the recommended specs. I am really pleased with this CPU and the other big reason was how little heat it generates from my 8320.

Asus Z170A: I have a Gaming M7 in my gaming computer and the other board I was interested in at the time was this one. So thought here was why not buy this motherboard for this build. The other big selling point was being able to run faster ram and overclock the ram speeds up to 2666mhz and get a boost in performance. From what I read this is fairly important on Skylake.

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 2 X 8GB 2400: I knew that G.Skills are usually pretty overclockable and I liked the silver heat sink even if you cant see it inside the case even with the cover off because of the drive bays.

Samsung 840 Evo 120GB: Left over from my last gaming pc plenty fast for a boot drive for a HTPC considering starting it up to watch some Netflix takes less time than the Roku and Firestick we have in the house.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB: Probably should of went with a bigger HDD but my guess is this HDD will be enough for quite a while. I will probably put my 4tb drive in here from my other desktop at some point.

Gigabyte R9 280x Windforce OC Rev 2.0: Left over from my FX8320 build that is no longer in use and seemed like a shame to waste a perfectly capable card and selling it for 100-200 dollars didn't seem worth it to me. Plays everything I have thrown at it on high settings at good frame rates even with the i3.

Silverstone GD09B: Love this case it allowed me to use full ATX parts on a HTPC which was something I wanted to go with. Going down the SFF cases and parts for them would of cost significantly more especially with the parts I had laying around.

2 Corsair SP 120mm: These fans work well other than the white led on them. Eventually with be replaced with some Noctua fans like the 80mm.

2 Noctual NF-R8 Redux 80mm: Awesome quite fans that are PWM. Very happy with these quite little fans and my first experience with Noctua I get it now.

Antec NeoPower Blue 650W Semi Modular PSU: This little PSU has been my backup for quite a while and figured I would give it a permanent home. Payed less than 30 dollars for it a few years ago.

Windows 10 pro: I had a few extra keys left over from my refurbishing laptop business so I figured with the gaming this maybe the way to go.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I gravitate to these low cost builds. Looks like it will work well. +1

Is cable management super hard in that case?

  • 46 months ago
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Yeah it wasn't easy with SSD being where it is and the HDD underneath and in front of the GPU. 2 out of the 3 hours was cable managing

  • 46 months ago
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Why did You buy an overclocking chipset for a non oc chip???

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You were able to overclock non-K Skylake CPU

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I can run faster ram speeds on a Z170 board, also if I upgrade my gaming rig I can take the i5 6600k out of it and place in the HTPC. I thought towards the future and paying the extra 75 dollars seems well worth it from my point of view.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If I may ask, what media center software are you running?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm running Kodi on it at the moment but it will probably be a work in progress. Also I am using a air mouse, keyboard combo that works pretty slick.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Gonna give a shout out to the Flirc USB dongle. Can turn any ir remote into a keyboard. About 12-20$ and can make it seamless from turning on the TV, to computer wake-up, to kodi, and then to any given media.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked that up and it seems pretty cool. I will have to order one and play around with it a while.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

i love seeing i3 builds. i just upgraded from this to a 6700k when my budget allowed. That being said, that i3 games like a champ!!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi did you put the 3.5 inch 1tb hard drive under the CD rom ?