Description

I started this build to replace a much larger ( Cougar Spike ) pc I was using a HTPC. I wanted something cheap, low power, low heat but that could stream and play 1080p. I had a few parts already which helped, but if you didn't already have them you could still buy them and be right at $300. The IN WIn BP655.FH300, was about the cheapest, smallest, best looking case with a PSU already in it. This is the usb 3 model which comes with a 300 watt psu. The motherboard I got with a combo deal, the MSI AM1l, nothing special but the combo with the AMD 5350 was $50. The motherboard has back usb 3, but no usb 3 header. I bought a usb 2 to usb 3 cable for $3, solved the problem of not being able to hook up the front usb 2 ports. The hard drive, ram dvd drive were pulled from a different pc to upgrade it last year. Nothing fancy, a small Samsung 128gb SSD and two 4gb Kingston 1600mhz sticks of ram, HP dvd drive. I didn't end up using the fan in the pictures, turns out the fan is not loud and moves enough air. I used Windows 10 Home, well because its about the cheapest version of current Windows you can get and it works fine. After running some tests and benchmarks, idle is a ridiculous 19c and max was 26c in a in a 24c room. While using it for normal tasks and web surfing it does fine and seems zippy. Video playback with Blue-ray rips over the network from my server play perfect with no hiccups. Also 1080p YouTube videos play excellent. I wouldn't use this to do any content creation or gaming, but for what I wanted it for, its perfect. I did get a very small overclock off of the cpu in bios of the MSI board, 2.05 to 2.1, not much but I'll take it. I didn't really notice a big difference, only in benchmarks, which got a small bump. Overall its a good, cheap little HTPC. I threw in some pictures of my other cases to help show the size of the IN Win BP655. The larger case is a Cougar Spike and mAtx slim is a Rosewell R379-m.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for 8 GB RAM with 5350, hope you like the build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, so far I do. Does everything I wanted it to do, super quite, low power, low heat.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You're welcome!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Reminds me of the days of yore

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! If I had this build, I would use it to host my website on.

1+

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Noice!!!! Gotta love these little energy sipper builds. Surprisingly, Kodi didn't hiccup even with Firefox multiple "media full "tabs, Foobar2000, HWmonitor, and LCD Smartie running. I'm impressed (but I did see the cpu get a workout lol).

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build man! But I have one question... why did you decide to use Windows over a different cheaper OS?

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Well I could have used ubuntu. My wife my use it from time to time and she isn't a fan. Otherwise if someone is comfortable with ubuntu and wants to save some $, that would be a good option.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and I'm considering using Ubuntu myself.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

If that's so, I'm going to chip in my 2 cents and recommend trying Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon when it comes out soon. Or Debian Sid or Arch if you have a background in nx. Ubuntu, Canonical, and Unity are not my cup of tea. If your going with Ubuntu, at least go with a different DE.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough. People say that GNOME 3 is pretty smooth. I think I just need to get away from Microsoft for now. They're doing some wacky stuff these days.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

If you think Microsoft is doing some wacky stuff these days, I think GNOME 3 might not agree with you. But it's better than Unity, which is based on GNOME 3. Be warned that it is a bit of a resource pig and the interface isn't as customizable as most other DEs, but coming from Windows I don't think you'll notice that. If you want something that feels more like XP/Vista/7, I'd try KDE, Cinnamon, or Mate. If you want Windows 2000/XP (skipping Me), try LXDE or LXQt. If you want a modern Apple-like experience, Pantheon, Unity, and GNOME Shell/3 are good options. XFCE has similarities with Apple OS 9, but is much more modern. If you want something completely different but in many ways superior, try a tiling window manager like i3. Also, avoid making the mistake of mixing file managers with desktop environments, with the exceptions of minimal ones like Gentoo (not the distro) or GNOME Commander. File managers tend to be deeply integrated with there respective DEs. Also, know that if you are using a Nvidia GPU (Especially when SLIed!!!) be sure to use the proprietary drivers and probably go with KDE. GNOME 3 and Unity among others tend to have problems with Nvidia cards for complex and lengthy reasons, one of the foremost of which is composting. Of course use whatever makes you comfortable. You can use multiple desktop environments. When you log in from the display manager, just select whichever session you want. If you have any questions be sure to let me know.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, buuuut one question.

How are you idling lower than ambient without a phase changer.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no idea. I ran 3 different tests with 3 didn't programs and they were all within in 1c readings.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that I'm thinking about it, I have actually seen AMD's on-chip heat sensor do some weird crap before, that's probably what it is.

Maybe the chip is filled with helium though, who knows? :P

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha, Size matters.

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

"Size matters"

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That's why I have a Cooler Master HAF 912 with a i5-6600K, Corsair Hydro and GTX970 ;-)

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it so far. I knew it was going to be a challenge. I saw your build, I was doing research before I bought it :-). Cable management?? What's that? Haha, I think it was an afterthought for IN Win. I didn't care for the way power wires from the PSU are. They are all twisted together which makes it hard to manage. I used some wire loom, didn't help much. I was thinking about using heat shrink or tape. What did you use on yours?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!