Description

Overview:

This is my SteamOS machine build. This build was original started in 2014.

Build Updates:

2015: Bumped RAM to 16 GB from 8 GB
2016: New video card (Nvidia EVGA GTX 1080 FTW Edition), Replaced motherboard. 2017: Bumped up CPU to Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz (Haswell)

Future plans:

2017: Xbox One Controller

Former parts:

  • Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core
  • 8 GB ram configuration
  • Nvidia EVGA GTX 770 SC video card
  • Turtle Beach headphones (dog ate them!)

Photos:

Full photo album: https://photos.google.com/u/0/album/AF1QipMibdbpmgmvPu6usaOTw7-n8xxKTJ8rsTCyEjD0

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm using the same case, and I might as well revise my cable management to match yours... I'll also be borrowing that xbox dongle idea...and getting a decent liquid cooler to fit in there.

+1 for cable management.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the wifi on the mobo. Do you get speeds similar to yours stated speeds?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

My home network is 10/1 Mbp/s. For WiFi speed, I have not noticed any less speed than normal with other devices (Nexus 5 / Chromebook). I could do benchmarking, but it should be noted that you also get a gain antenna that you can screw into the 2 coaxial nubs on that back. It has worked well on the 5 or 6 Linux distros I have used on it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks may look into that mobo

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the idea of having the Microsoft Xbox Wireless Adapter inside the case; how is that working? Is the range/connectivity still solid? Do you ever notice connection losses? I'm wondering as I also have the Elite 130 as a mini-gaming machine for my living room TV.

Congratulations on the build though. Well built. :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea it works just fine. That case lid slides back, so the only time I ever do that is when I buy a new controller or forget (not often) that I synced it with my test machine upstairs. No connection issues being inside the case. I may put a small piece of double-sided lock velcro strip in there to hold it, but it's fine, and sits quite nice. The velcro will help if you do what I did, just haven't gotten around to it yet. Thanks, hopefully my upgrade next year fills in a few gaps that I scarified for price overall in some areas. Runs good though, and the case is well ventilated.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job! I think if you don't mind the ds4 controller, you could even forgo the xbox wireless receiver and use that with the ds4windows app to get xinput, since your motherboard already has a bluetooth/wifi chip built in.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Next up is a GTX 1080 :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. I am building the same itx box with the similiar cpu this week. But haven't purchased a GPU yet due to the fact that maybe my 4670 might bottleneck it. (thinking of r9 390/rx480 or gtx 1060 for budget friendly also)

What numbers are you getting with the gtx 1080? Any bottlenecks? How much of a jump did you get from your 770?

Thanks.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

My Gigabyte board bit the dust, so I am about a week out on the time it will take to get my replacement mobo, ASRock H97M-ITX. I want to give ASRock a try, since I despise DualBios. I did get to test some games though before this happened. Did some BenchMarks on Rise of the Tomb Riader. I can max most everything, it's pretty solid and a significant jump. For the price I suppose a 1070 would be fine.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like all the games are GPU bound nowadays, I was worried I may have needed at least a 6600k overclocked to run a high end card.

Controller is an awesome idea. Wonder if ps4 controllers would work for the kids since they have it laying around.

By the way, Kaos, that's a classic name, you the first son? lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, naw it was a play off the arch villian Butters becomes in South Park, and Professor because I can be absent minded.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool man.

But wow, running a GTX 1080 now? How is the CPU holding up on that bad boy?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good. I have to open it up today, as the water cooler may have stopped working (high 98 degree C temps). It's very important to check your temps regularly.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build congrats.., How do you connect the xbox adapter? Is that cable out of the back of your case? Thanks

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I carefully run the cable out the back where there is a an opening in the GPU bracket. You can see it in one of the pictures.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build - Do you think this computer build would be suitable to bring on a flight as carry on luggage? Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hrm.. no idea, just pack it well! The case would* fix into a larger duffle bag (say one used for sports), but I don't know if I'd risk my computer that way :) I think a smaller case would server better (such as the silverstone cases that are more horizontal).

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

1080?! In a Steambox?! You madman!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahah, it fits (barely). I just upgraded to a Core i7-4790K. That is where I am going to stop for a few years. Spent enough on it. The H50 water cooler keeps things good. I got the new CPU today, and forgot to order Artic Silver! I had to run to best buy to get Thermaltake TG paste, which seems to be ok. Temps holding at about 56 Celsius under stress load from the 'stress' tool under SteamOS/Debian.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually quite nice. Having built in intel wifi for Linux especially is good. The port availability, count, and capability is not bad. The only downside is the 2 slots for RAM, which is expected with a lot of mini-itx boards. It will stay for next years upgrade.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

well only have 2 ram slots it does support up to 64 gb ram

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

True, it's not a big deal, and I know it's common. I will try to re purpose the sticks elsewhere next year. The GPU will get the most tux-bux, followed by HDD, and other items.

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