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This machine was initially created as I was just bored with my PS4.

First off, the price. The zero's on there are correct as I sourced them in trades that were beneficial to me and/or already had them. Also, the PS4 negated the price I paid selling that.

The PC grew and became a gaming and media centre, for watching movies, TV (Sky Go), music, Steam/Origin, emulators (up to PS2).

It's done everything I wanted it to.

Build notes: Couldn't find the i5-3570T on the list, rare CPU, but that's what's in, not the 3770T here. Spray painted custom Orange - the case comes with 2 top covers, I sprayed the non logo'd one The MSI 750ti GPU had the fan shroud removed so it would fit in the case. It is totally fanless bar the CPU which is as silent as fans get!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points
Very strange build, but unique. :O

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you... I think!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get the h frame mini? If your not in Europe you would have to import it here due to America no longer selling it...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I am in England mate.

The dollar is strong against pound right now isn't it due to our little adventure we've set out on, so might be the time to buy!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh if you want to to trade up that 750 ti msi is bout to release a rx 460 lp that suits one bracket

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

TDP is 75w vs the 60w. It's too close for comfort.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Say, where did you pick up that green one in England? I want a green or a red one that I can spraypaint.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! where can i order an h-frame case?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are you based?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

USA, i can't find it anywhere online. Also did you upgrade the 180w psu?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No, didn't upgrade. That's the challenge!!

You can import it, dollar is strong right now after our decision to leave EU.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I really like your build and I'm about to make one with a very similar goal in mind. (Replacing my console, which in my case is an Xbox One, with a computer.) If you can share some of your thoughts based on your experience I'd greatly appreciate it. :) Forgive me if I get long winded.

I'll be using the Inwin BQ696 (Chopin) as the base for my build. The case is even smaller than the H-frame you're using and has a 150W PSU. (I wish it was 180W QQ) The case is so small in fact that it cannot house a video card. I'll be using AMD's A10-7860k. (A 3.6 quad core with integrated Radeon R7 series graphics. 65TDP btw) It will be supported with 2x4GB DDR3 2400mhz RAM and an ID-Cooling IS40 low-profile mini-ITX CPU cooler. (Which is rated to cool up to 95TDP)

The idea is that the low TDP APU combined with the 150w PSU and 95TDP rated cooler gives me enough power/heat headroom to overclock the integrated r7 graphics. I'm not expecting AAA games on high graphics, but a cool little steam machine priced at around $400USD sounds about right. Anyways, that's what my plan looks like right now and I'll probably be ordering parts soon. :D

Anyways, thanks for your thoughts, if you give them. Congrats on your build! I hope gaming works out well or you! :D (Especially since my solution would have weaker graphics than your 750Ti)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey hippo!

Love that case and it's colour schemes. A few people have said this and that case is smaller than the H-Frame, but trust me, the H-Frame was tight to work with hence the dropping of the fans on the 750ti!! :)

The heatsink is definitely going to be key especially as you're pushing it. I still swear by Arctic Silver 5 and have never had an issue using it, especially on this build. I don't know much about that cooler, but if I could give one tip, AS5 is it!

I did hear the 7860k only picks up on 2133mhz memory, look into it (my AMD knowledge died late-mid 2000's when Intel came out with Conroe's), so could save yourself a bit of £££ there. 8GB is definitely the way to go too, so don't decrease that!

You'll defo be fine gaming mate. I've played plenty of steam games on my laptop for work (with an i5 4310U!)

Good luck with the build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. :)

To prove I wasn't just talking smack:

  • H-frame: 10.3" x 4.3" x 11.3"

  • Chopin: 9.60" x 3.30" x 8.60"

The H-frame is gorgeous though. I'm not putting it down at all. In fact, I might have actually used it if it were available in the States.

You're right about the heatsink being crucial if I want to OC effectively. I actually chose to use the Noctua H9a instead. It's rated the same at 95w, but it pushes more air and there were tons of reviews claiming that people were putting it on 125w CPU's and it was holding out fine. It's also got the "name brand" effect going for it. (a bit more pricey though)

APU specifications do claim their preferred RAM to be 2133mhz, however it's been proven in every test I've seen done that RAM up to 2400mhz continues to benefit APU's in real world testing. Besides that RAM is so cheap these days anyways.

Anyways, here's hoping it all comes together well enough! Maybe I'll try and make my own entry on pcpp. :P (Final price ~$440usd)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Where can I import an H-Frame from? I want to make a Dual Graphics build with it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello,

I almost sold this, but instead have upgraded it (build guide to follow).

I can only find it here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/IN-WIN-H-FRAME-Mini-Bleu-Boitier-Open-Air-Mini-ITX-ref-H-FRAME-MINI-ITX-BL-/391355925719?hash=item5b1ea184d7:g:qbgAAOSw-4BXa-jl

and here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/In-Win-H-FRAME-MINI-BLUE/dp/B00FZ65X1A

But those prices are unreal.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I was hoping to get a red version of the case for a Team Red AMD build. Know where I could get the red one?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I sprayed this one, so that's an option (you get 2 metal covers and 1 tempered glass).

Not sure where you're based btw, but I also found this: http://estore.in-win.us/product_info.php?cPath=52_69&products_id=112&osCsid=4f6acb3926a8bacdf76dbf75e9d3c132

Again, you could spray it red.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh... The second reason I wanted it in red is because the aluminum sandwich of plates in the middle is black, which fits much better with my B/W components. I'm based in NJ, USA.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely look for the green in 2nd case to red then. The one I have was green and in the same colour frame, or plates as you call it.

In-Win BQ695T is an option, has a red line through. But is even less wattage @ 150w.

You could try: http://www.megabuy.com.au/in-win-case-blackred-p496371.html

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

In win shop sells a blue one http://estore.in-win.us

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That seller has reduced the case by 55 Euro on eBay http://www.ebay.fr/itm/391355925719

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think I can buy it from France. Don't have anyone there...

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Congratulations on turning from console peasant to PC MASTER RACE nice build

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been a PC gamer since 95. Albeit, it was just Tetris and other shareware games, I moved from the Amiga. This isn't my main build, but it'll stay longer as I'm building a main build again.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll run some tests next I'm on, I did my proper build and buying a house etc, I haven't gamed on it as much, mainly used for music, watching TV and emulation, and in that, you can feel heat from it, but being an open case, it dissipates.