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My dad wanted a HTC that fit his entertainment center shelf (6" height restriction)... Which is fine. I figured I'd toss together an A8 or maybe an i3 system real quick for about $300... Nope. I told him it was not needed, and he was fine with it, so he had me go with an overclocked i5 and 16gb ram... Fast ram... Oh ya, and an ssd (there's also a Hitachi 2tb drive in there but it was from his old system).

So basically I went with a nice looking under 6" high Silverstone case that had front USB ports (without an annoying flip down face), a 6600k, 16gb of 3000mhz ddr4, a much unneeded but nice to have Evo 850 ssd for the OS and programs, an a simple semi modular cxm series psu... Its using on board graphics, but I had to pick my cpu cooler carefully for performance and height since my dad wanted this thing overclocked (I put it at 4.2ghz).im actually super impressed with this cooler to be honest... Its really quiet but works awesome. I have 4 80mm fans along the side as well with the 2 towards the front as intake feeding air across the ram and the back 2 are exhausting out from the cpu cooler area.

My only issue is that I couldn't mount the drives against the bottom of the case as planned due to corsair using junky sata power connections which can't be used so close to the case bottom, so I improvised to other locations... Originally the hdd was below the optical Bay and the ssd was flat on bottom behind the psu. If he ever want to add a Blu-ray drive I'll address that issue better. The case only has 2 case fan headers, so I'm running 2-1 pwm splitters for motherboard control of the side fans.

Also... Trying to install Windows 7 (later upgraded to 10 pro) on a z170 motherboard using USB peripherals and a thumb drive is HELL. wasted so many hours till I said the hell with it, brought over my old ps2 board (kept for similar issues on older systems lol) and raided the DVD drive from his other system just for the initial windows install... Seriously, don't try using ONLY USB stuff... It sucked so bad when I was already half asleep lol

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

There's quite a bit of beef in that VCR. lol. I want one of those cases.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I've been looking at different HTPC cases and seeing this sealed the deal, I'm gona pull the trigger on the Silverstone. Awesome build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Whatever you do, get a modular psu... Seriously...

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, I really need to update my consoles! :P Nice build dood

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Are you planning on installing a graphics card anytime soon? Was just curious to know if the case can hold a tall card.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

No. It's for my dad. He just wants to torrent and watch movies and streams with it... The i5 integrated gpu is easily able to handle that.

That said, the case should easily fit any slim gpu. Those are not full sized brackets... So most low and mid range cards should be fine, and maybe even a nano

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the EVGA GeForce GT 740 2GB Video Card? It looks pretty small and PCPP doesn't have any compatibility issues.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think there's also a GTX 750 Ti model that is low profile but I'm not 100% sure..

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You are correct. the 750ti has a low profile model.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

I believe the 960 does now also

  • 42 months ago
  • 0 points

No. Currently the best low profile card is the 750ti.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The lowest I would possibly go with this combo is 750ti

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the low profile MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750ti2gd5tlp) in my SilverStone ML04B (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/silverstone-case-ml04b)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, that's the sister case to this one. I expect they both accept the same cards

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

There is also a sapphire r9 380 low profile

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

your right! over powered HTPC. If you just streaming movies or watching TV series is more than what you have now. No need to install dedicated GPU. The integrated graphics is well enough. Install Kodi and your Dad will be happier than ever.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, ya, I tried to tell him, but he likes to over do it lol. He has the higher end fire TV box already with kodi on it, but mainly wanted this for torrenting

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclocked htpc? hhmmm ok not sure it's needed but since the theme is about an overpowered system, why not!

It's been said but if you want to add a gpu on top of the overpowered thing the gtx750 has low profile cards. And would fit with the psu.

I was happy to see some raijintek, they have good products but ehy are going underneath the radar. I have to mention I now use their products instead of the Cougar fans that I was in love with.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, ya... Its far more than he needs... I told him so as a disclaimer and he still said build it... Works for me lol.

I like this cooler. I had considered a few from noctua, phanteks, and cooler Master, but then I saw the benchmarking on this one in a few comparison tables and it was on par with units that cost twice as much fitting my height and performance needs... Glad I saw those benchmarks. Very happy with it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I built a UTM in this case - its a sexy case. But annoying how you have to pull out the pedestal to screw on the spinning platter drive. Nice job on the build - its overkill, but you build what the client wanted...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya. I was just mad that the ssd and hdd couldn't use the mounts I intended due to power supply wiring harness issues... If it was my own system I'd be buying some risers to make it work...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same OS install issue with the Z170 board lmao. I have felt your pain. Had to hijack an optical drive from my dad's PC (ironic) and install using that. You can see the idiocy on my completed build pics lol.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

It sucked so bad... Eventually I discovered an app from Msi meant to do this, but even then I needed the optical drive... It makes little sense that the new chipset would drop the USB driver support needed by the 7 installer.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep lol. Well now the ordeal is over but RIP to anyone who doesn't have spare optical drives to use. The worst part was we thought the MOBO might be damaged which was heavily anxiety inducing for my first build :|

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I still don't get the "I want an overclocked i5 because its more expensive" thing but meh. Does your dad know about hardware? Maybe though the processor would have an effect on performance...

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

He wanted it for long term reasons... Same with the ram amount... And he just likes higher end stuff... This almost ended up with a i7.... I told him an i3 is more than he needs lol

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya.. Or super smart stereo... That's one reason I used this board... 7.1, optical out, multiple extras like dedicated amplifiers and such... Ideal for a home theater device

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