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This is the PlayBox! This particular machine I wanted to build for a while. I started this build slowly piece by piece for the last couple months during Christmas sales. I wanted a gaming PC to replace my PS4 and Xbox One, hence PlayBox, that was strictly for gaming whereas my other PC with an i7-4790k is strictly for my graphic design/digital painting. Now lets get inside this thing!

Motherboard: I have always had good luck with Gigabyte and never had to RMA a board except one time but the customer service was great. Plus they're local, about a half hour drive away from me so I didn't have to ship anything, score! I went with the GA-Z170N-Gaming5 mini-ITX board. I have the Z97 bigger brother of this board in my other computer and it's a great board, IMO. Not too expensive and great features. The wifi on this board is a little on the weak side though if I were to be honest but I just wire it anyway.

CPU: Currently I have a Skylake i5-6500 3.2Ghz. I was going to go for the unlocked "k" but I don't think I want to do much overclocking in this thing since the case lacks extra fan space. Plus if I did want to OC it, I can do the base clock OCing but I don't even think I'll go that far either. This CPU is plenty powerful as-is.

RAM: I currently have 12GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400Mhz inside. I got it on sale for like, $60 during Christmas on Amazon I think. I figure this will be enough for any game for a while.

Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 970 SC was my old card but now I sold it off and got the Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming 970 instead. It's so much better and the aesthetics of it are very eye-pleasing.

Case: This was one of the most important pieces of this build. I needed a console size case since it was going to replace my consoles and be hooked up to my TV so I chose the Silverstone RVZ01B-W. This case is becoming increasingly popular so I wanted to make mine unique. My fiance got me the Lunar White Xbox One controller for Christmas and I thought it would be really cool to math the case to it to really make it seem like a legit console. I think it looks awesome! I'm still going to paint the front sliding panel white and leave the raven logo black and paint the power button gold. It's just so small that I need more precise tools. I'm also going to add a white LED fan to the CPU cooler (and get a new cooler) so it matches the white LED on the controller home button.

So this in my PlayBox! I made it to boot straight to Steam Big Picture mode as well to make it more console-like too. Let me know what you think!

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

I would have called it a "GabenStation". Nice build +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I fell into that trap... The one about an i3 being suitable for gaming. Sure that's true for modern games that use Hardware acceleration but when you extend back to older games and emulators you learn a hard lesson. I had an i3 that struggled to play PS2 and Nintendo Wii games so I switched back to an i7 and now I've got the best of all worlds.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually haven't tried my Dolphin emulator. I think I'll give it a go haha. Thanks for the feedback :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Its absolutely fantastic. I'm playing through Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker now and I'm loving it. A lot of people think emulators are about playing ancient Neo-Geo and Genesis games and don't realize they can actually play new systems too like PlayStation 2, PSP, and Nintendo Wii

Word of caution though, the i3 I had choked bad on a lot of games like The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles. I ended up replacing it with an i7 to get better emulation performance :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like that case. I saw somebody mod the top mesh part and replaced it with slotted glass. it looked amazing.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is pretty slick, I wish I would have used it in my living room PC. In terms of CPU, you could save $100ish if you get an i5, but an i7 never hurts anything! Great build, +1!

Does an i3 really get that hot under load? That's a little hotter than my i5-4440 can get under load.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm probably just going to go for the i7. I love the performance of them haha.

I think the heat may just be from how small the case is with no extra fan support and it being in a stock cooler.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh yeah didn't think of that... the future aftermarket cooler will do nicely!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll probably do the usual Noctua for this build. People seem to speak highly of it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Um sorry to criticise (and this isn't an i3 rant) but 1. why do you have a super snazzy mother board when you have an i3? 2. that i3 looks like it would be close to getting bottlenecked by that 970 3. why do you have 12 gb of ram with an i3? 4. Tbh you shouldnt be pairing a 5400 rpm drive with a high end ssd 5. How does this need 500 watts?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's cool. I appreciate feedback :) To answer your questions: 1) I got this board because it was on sale for $130 and as I said, I have the same z97 counterpart for my oth computer and I like it. The board it's self I don't plan on changing the cpu I will change in the next couple months to an unlocked i5 or i7. 2) Yes there is some bottlenecking going on but it's nothing too serious. 3) Again, it's a placeholder cpu until I get a better one. 4) you are right about that but it all came to my budget. This drive was half the cost of the SSHD I actually wanted of the same size. 5) As it stands, it doesn't but when I upgrade the cpu, it will be welcomed. Plus the difference in price from the 450w was $5 so why not?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok when a cpu actually gets BOTTLENECKED as in it can't handle the information being supply by the gpu so it has to slow down your system; is far from running optimally which is why you might have gone for the i5 6600 for the extra money although now I wouldn't recommend upgrading so soon because tbh for this gpu you really want something in-between the 6100 and the 6600 so if anything I would have gone with the 64/500 because at the moment games arent that demanding on cpu power so that's why you should be fine for now i'd wait till you upgrade your gpu to change that cpu although if a) that will be quite expensive when the time comes but less expensive then upgrading your cpu soon b) you'd be changing the whole build when that time comes

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, I love that paint finish.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I personally love the look of this case!

Before you traded how were the temps of your EVGA 970 in that exclosed space?

Thanks

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the heat in the case, I've heard with open cooler GPU's it can get pretty hot in that case

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

from reviews I've seen about the case, its not that hot in the case since the main things that make heat such as the cpu and gpu are blown out through the side vents but if you are worried about airflow, get a blower style gpu that absorbs air from the outside and out the back of the card

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job! That is one of the best RVZ02s I've ever seen.

I was told that painting pre-painted PC cases would not be easy, as the existing paint would first have to be scrubbed(?) off, or something. I know at least two other RVZ02 owners who painted theirs, but one was done with Plasti-Dip (the White Raven Asuna here) and the other, was done in an auto-shop - he wasn't aware of how they did it.

So I signed up just to ask, how did you paint this thing?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I would like to paint my rvz02... how would I go with paint prepping the case? and is there a paint that will do good on both the plastic and metal parts of the rvz02? is there a way I can paint the clear plastic on the sides of the case and still have it be see through???

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