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HTPC for rare gaming sessions

by un4given


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Date Published

March 10, 2017

Date Built

March 9, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.518 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


Hello lads,

just wanted to share my build i created for some rare gaming sessions for Battlefield Series and World of Warships/Planes/Tanks. I wanted to keep the gaming PC small enough to put in into the furniture below my TV in my living room and not to spend tons of € on it. Same time i wanted to keep the platform able to be updated no new CPU and NVMe drive in future if needed.

I still had no chance to do any Banchmarks or play games and will try to do so on weekend.

regards un4

Part Reviews


Cheap, but fairly decent solution for a HTPC/Gaming Build. + HT for 60€.

CPU Cooler

Cheap, but proven solution. Have 4 of this running in different systems without any hickups.


Got it for a very good price and couldn't say NO. Eventhough i planned to install a 850 Pro i gave PNY a try. Lets see how it will work out for me. Barely found any reviews about this drive.

Video Card

Small, but very powerful companion + 5 Year Warranty. What can you do wrong here? 4K Gaming on a 4K TV should work as a charm.


Enough Space for a Gaming build and suting into my TV furniture.

Comments Sorted by:

RhettRO55 1 Build 13 points 23 months ago

Good lord everyone commenting, please lay off the "bottleneck" comments. He said TV, so its probably going to be at 1080p or possibly lower. Also the title, RARE gaming sessions, possibly means it will be primarily used as something besides a gaming PC. He also stated he wanted to keep costs low and be able to upgrade the CPU/drive later on, maybe read before everyone starts hounding about whats wrong with the build. If it posts/boots/powers on, and they can do what they want with it then it has been a successful build!

Well done, a very nice build! +1

cajunsloth 7 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I agree, this setup gives the OP a great upgrade path, and already having the 1070 allows him/her to switch this build to dedicated gaming rig whenever he/she's ready (that's if he/she ever does or wants to). I'd say it was pretty smart decision. +1

I had similar response on one of my completed builds that featured a G3258 paired with SLI 660's. And even though I explained my reasoning for my part choices people still gave me crap for having a bottleneck.

RhettRO55 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

I love the G3258! Perfect budget OC sub $100 chip, I have 3 in my house running different servers and I built new everday PCs for both of my parents using that CPU as well. And for its ability I see nothing wrong with it being paired with SLI 660s. I get everyone saying bottleneck but after the 5th person said it it was like the seagulls on Finding Nemo, completely pointless and fairly annoying. I get that the CPU is a bit under-powered to meet the needs of the 1070 but on 1080p I doubt its going to cause him to greatly suffer.

cajunsloth 7 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

Couldn't agree more.

Momiji -4 points 23 months ago

"He said TV, so its probably going to be at 1080p or possibly lower." was it some sort of epic typo? the cpu is weak, not the gpu

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

As in the CPU doesnt need to be chucking massive amounts of data at the GPU in order for it to still perform. Even then its a dual core CPU with hyperthreading and a very decent core clock, its not like its a P series chip or a standard low frequency dual core. Its clearly stated that this is an HTPC, how many times have you ever seen someone hardcore or even moderate multitask on an HTPC? Ive had an HTPC on my living room & bedroom TVs for the past 12 years and 99% of the time they are usually doing 1 thing, the only time it deviates is when my wife is using Kodi in our living room while Media Center is recording live TV in the background, all of that on a 1155 i3-3240 w/ 8GB of RAM & a GTX 460. I'll gladly wait for his performance benchmarks and if the CPU shows pegged when a framerate drop occurs I'll willingly concede I was wrong, but I still defend my point that people need to lay off these type of comments, they are far from constructive and there was still no need for SEVEN people to state the exact same thing. And even still, does the PC boot/post/load the OS and allow the submitter to do what they want? Then its a successful build.

Momiji 1 point 23 months ago

even though this is a turbo late response, if it was at 1080p or lower it would be a problem because the cpu would be incapable of pushing as many frames as the overpowered 1070 could.

And since he's playing at 4k, the CPU will probably be a bottleneck only in cities. so yeah it does allow him to do what he wants, I was just wondering if you made a typo.

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

At the time of my initial reply he didnt specify what resolution his TV was at. So since 4k is still not more widely adopted than 1080p I assumed that was his resolution.

And no, did not make a typo.

nicholas.festa 1 Build 8 points 23 months ago

Built with the sole purpose of providing the PCPP community with aneurysms. Clean build, I dig it.

notsafeforwar 3 points 23 months ago

this CPU is good for 1070 on 1440p and above. good enough for 60 fps+

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I also have a "gaming" build for rare sessions of gaming lol

TotalInsanity4 1 point 23 months ago

I'm curious, why did you go with the mATX motherboard when you had room for a full ATX in the case?

Techclarified 1 Build 4 points 23 months ago

probably because micro atx is cheaper. Don't understand why he got a smaller case though

un4given submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Smaller case to be able to put it into the furniture consol below my TV

Techclarified 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I agree, but you could've gone with a micro atx case to save a bit of money and space

lsorice 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

OP wanted an HTPC style case. Most of those style cases fit mini itx-full atx...

un4given submitter 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

Was the only board on stock in my region and for a reasonable price. All other cost like 40€ more. Don't need all that pcie expansions for the purpose I will be using the build for.

Weeaboo_Slayer 1 point 23 months ago

L00l, all these bottleneck comments. Ignorance is super strong in these PCPP streets.

razmalia 1 point 21 months ago

good build, except the cpu as it might have some problems if the gpu is upgraded(to a new line of gpu's/1080 ish). But they can overclock it and hope for the best. Maybe upgrade.

Wildefire0 1 point 19 months ago

There's a video on the g4560's performance compared to a 7700k when paired with a 1070 at 4k.


it shows that at 4k the performance is similar between the 2 cpus. if mr.swag is using a 4k tv (if he spent this much money on a dvd player then he is fairly likely to own a hi-res tv) then hes playing games with nearly identical performance of someone who bought a 7700k for 4k gaming. even if hes playing games at 1080p or lower hes still going to be crushing games at those resolutions because he has a monster of a gpu. telling someone that they should upgrade/spend money just because is kinda rude IMHO.

great build mate i rate 8 out of 8

mushyyn 1 point 17 months ago

Good build, and notes, doing a very similar build to this one, good to know it makes a descent gaming case aswell, with enough gpu clearance

supmyman7 1 point 15 months ago

So this graphics card would be good for 1440p/60 FPS?

un4given submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Yes, more than enough :D i played in 4K using this card.

matt44271 1 Build -8 points 23 months ago

Won't that pentium bottleneck the 1070?

un4given submitter 1 Build 4 points 23 months ago

No, it sure won't. Checked on numerous benchmarks before planning a build.

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

You go Glen Coco!!

Catarino. 1 Build -8 points 23 months ago

That CPU bottleneck tho

OccamAsylum 14 Builds -12 points 23 months ago

Why that CPU/GPU combination? You're not concerned about bottlenecks? Especially if you're playing competitive games online.

Would've made more sense to go with a 7400/7500 and a 1060/480 if you're playing in 1080. Still wouldve fit your budget for what you could have saved on the GPU. Though I'd have to assume you might be playing at higher resolutions if you bough the 1070, otherwise you'll never utilize the full potential of that GPU.

lsorice 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Read the review before commenting. 4k gaming. TVs are 60hz. Cpu/GPU is just fine, plus can always upgrade the cpu.

OccamAsylum 14 Builds -1 points 22 months ago

If OP's bothered to explain these things in their descriptions we'd all be spared much time and effort.

OccamAsylum 14 Builds -2 points 22 months ago

What review was I supposed to be reading exactly? I am on mobile and there's nothing in the description that indicates 4K gaming. Hence my comment "id have to assume you might be playing at higher resolutions".

And since I did not know this at the time, I saw the 1070 being paired with the Pentium as a tremendous waste of money for 1080p.

Techclarified 1 Build -14 points 23 months ago

the g4560 is a great cpu.... not with the 1070

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Vairfoley 27 Builds 9 points 23 months ago

You'd be surprised how much performance you can squeeze out of those bad boys. Sure, maybe the budget could have been spent somewhere else but don't underestimate the newest generation of Pentiums.

mohenjo21 2 Builds -1 points 23 months ago

never underestimated it, its a great cpu, but its paired with a 1070, i just found it funny is all. :/

Techclarified 1 Build -6 points 23 months ago

I think he means that it would be a bad combination with a 1070, which of course, it is.

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