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HTPC for rare gaming sessions

by un4given

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37 Comments

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Details

Date Published

March 10, 2017

Date Built

March 9, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.52GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

Description

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

CPU

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.

Storage

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.

Case

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

Comments Sorted by:

RhettRO55 1 Build 11 points 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago

Couldn't agree more.

Momiji -4 points 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago

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

notsafeforwar 3 points 8 months ago

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

Weeaboo_Slayer 2 points 8 months ago

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

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

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

TotalInsanity4 1 point 8 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 8 months ago

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

un4given submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

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

Techclarified 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

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

lsorice 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

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

un4given submitter 1 Build 3 points 8 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.

razmalia 1 point 6 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 4 months ago

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDG-dQsHymE

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 2 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 2 days ago

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

matt44271 1 Build -7 points 8 months ago

Won't that pentium bottleneck the 1070?

un4given submitter 1 Build 4 points 8 months ago

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

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

You go Glen Coco!!

Catarino. 1 Build -7 points 8 months ago

That CPU bottleneck tho

mohenjo21 2 Builds -10 points 8 months ago

That CPU lmao.

Vairfoley 11 Builds 8 points 8 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 0 points 8 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 -5 points 8 months ago

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

OccamAsylum 10 Builds -11 points 8 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 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

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

OccamAsylum 10 Builds 0 points 7 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.

OccamAsylum 10 Builds 0 points 7 months ago

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

McSquintzzzz 1 Build -13 points 8 months ago

wtf there is gonna be so much bottleneck

Techclarified 1 Build -13 points 8 months ago

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

Jokin_Is_Here -13 points 8 months ago

Bottleneck Much?

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