Description

When I first starting building this machine, I wanted to shop for the best deals. I eventually fell in love with the look and feel of the Silverstone ML04B HTPC case so savings went out the window.

The plan is to have this machine feed content to my other tv's in the home so I chose a beefier cpu mobo and an ssd drive to keep everything snappy.

There is no noticeable noise except when the bd drive is loading files. On movie playback, no noise at all can be heard .

Concerning the choices, the only issues in the build was the very long usb 3 cord. My mobo had the header in the front so i had to loop the cord from the front, to the back of the motherboard.

The 3.5 hd enclosure was not fun to install. It is extremely close to the usb 3.0 header and had to be very careful to not crush any other header cords.

There was adequate room for the full size psu and drive.

Lastly, don't forget with drives over 2 tb you most likely with have to go into Windows management to enable the drive.

Very happy overall with the decision and always work harder to pay for these decisions.

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Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, it's best you overspent on the case because it is what you will look at the most. It is not a part to overlook. Very nice build, I know it can be a challenge to build smaller pcs, especially htpc.

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

.....how the hell did you get that RAM for $25??? great price on the SSD too. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought it back in December 2012 when they were giving it away. I was going to install in an Acer Aspire but the heatsinks stuck out too much. All the component decisions was based on using that 8 GB or RAM ;D

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I ask what you are watching your Blu-Ray movies with as I have had no end of trouble with Windows 8.1 and PowerDVD 9.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that case! It's so small! Over all, very solid build for an HTPC, and a definite +1 from me.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Prices make this build incredible. Nicely done.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for me, a pretty good build for the money and purpose.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow how did you do that dude

  • 69 months ago
  • -1 points

How will that 5900rpm drive play 40gb bluray rips lol

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

Just fine. I'm running mine from a 3TB Red, zero problems.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

The BD Drive is more for the occasional Redbox visit. For rips, I usually convert to mp4 format. Haven't had any hiccups at all with video.