Description

I'll add some pics later. All parts are from Microcenter. Everything works. Posted on first power-on.

This build is still a work in progress as I plan to replace the stock cooler and add a couple fans. I chose all parts based on price/performance and/or known reliability. Coincidentally, everything is black, which is cool, but makes the R2's tinted window useless so I'll add some leds too. I'm also waiting on a Dell U2412M, so I'll add input on that later. Right now it's just plugged into an HDTV.

I'm dual booting Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint 16. Mint supports the Realtek ethernet out of the box, but you might have to find the driver if using another distro. Also, you'll need to enable IOMMU for GNU/Linux. In any case, the motherboard is a good deal if you're not planning on multi-gpu. I noticed the UD3 had a lot of negative reviews, but the UD3P, although less popular than the the AM3+ boards, has almost unanimously good reviews. So far I've only had time to play the first Crysis, but it played smoothly on very high settings and 3dmark/heaven benchmark scores are up to snuff with everyone else sporting the 270x (a little better in some cases with the Asus card overclocked ootb), so the card hasn't been limited by the motherboard or the cpu thus far.

The case is really newb-friendly as I ran into zero problems and organized the cables with little effort. It's very sturdy and keeps things nice and cool. Between the R2's fan controller/140 mm and the Corsair PSU's quiet mode, I have no noise complaints.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow lol my mate built something a month back nearly exactly like this Looks nice and good price to performance ratoo

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Does s/he have the build on here? I wouldn't mind comparing.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a pretty big HTPC. You have quality components in there but this just seems too big to be an HTPC.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally planned to output to both a 24" monitor as well as the 40" tv in my living room, but that seems stupid now since I could just as easily throw a cheap gfx card in my old dell and get 1080p. I'll update the description too.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same CPU, storage and motherboard, pretty good.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, our GPUs are practically the same too.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the cable management but u couldn't an extra $40 to the build to add liquid CPU cooling?