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Originally built this as a media storage and local backup machine, but then I thought "Why stop there?" I picked up an HD Homerun , installed XBMC and Plex to turn it into a DVR and fronted HTPC. Then I noticed that I had room for a high-end graphics card so I picked up one of those and started gaming through Steam.

*** I should note this is my first build, but I've had a lot of fun researching and piecing this together.

My future considerations: 1. Processor. As stated, this machine was just going to be used for storage, but it was just so awesome. As I continue to game I will be upgrading this. However, the i3 has had no problems so far as my frame rate is very high. Interested to see how I do for BF4. 2. SSD. My root drive is currently the WD Blue. Dumb. The nice thing is it's 1TB so I can use it for the DVR storage, but. I'm sure I ca use one of the WD Reds for that. Not sure... 3. CPU Cooler. I'm pretty packed, but for what I've read I should be able to squeeze in a Noctua NH-L12. However, all my temps seem very good and stable.

Any additional thoughts or suggestions? Specifically towards the future considerations? Thanks!

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  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I rather build a seperate gaming pc in the future according to your description. You could still use the 7950 from the HTPC and that card can still last u a lot of years.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I've read this before, but I don't understand why it's not good to have an all-in-one system. The only thing I can think of is that if a piece goes bad, then all of it is down until fixed. Thoughts?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

you would want seperate systems is so that you could play games on a monitor and movies on your tv at the same time (trust me I run 680s SLI and half of my games are like "oh you're trying to games fullscreen on your monitor and watch a movie on the TV? Let me minimize your movie for you"

Also because generally you use a small case for an HTPC, which wouldn't usually be a problem in a gaming PC (lots of people are going that small PC route for gaming nowadays anyways) but in an HTPC you have so much storage and it blocks airflow.

But tbh HTPC+Gamer in one was a good call, it's a budget gamer that in the future could be branched off into two builds (leaving i3 in the HTPC and building another computer with the 7950 and a 3570k or 4670k and maybe Xfire the 7950)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I can see the lack of airflow - it's TIGHT in this build. However, I'm monitoring and all is well...

+1 for the last paragraph. Knowing me I'll get restless and want to upgrade or build something later anyways.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

As long as you're getting good temps, you'll be fine.

The i3 doesn't get hot... at all... lol Also, from what I've read that card doesn't get hot at all (not counting the people saying stuff about the voltage being off when they got it, which seemed to be a common issue)

Also, I figured I'd might ask how much you picked that card up for because I hope that price it off

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the card for (what I feel) is a bargain at $169 after $20 rebate and it came with three free games — I got Saints Row IV, Far Cry 3, and Tomb Raider. So far it's performing like a champ!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, looking at those prices I got this build for WAY cheaper than the prices listed. Each of the 3TB Reds I got for $112 each, just for instance.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Hot damn ! That's a lot of storage. +1 multi rig. Looks like a subwoofer.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont see how u would need 13 tb but that just me

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm already using 40% of available storage with redundancy. Like I said, I have a lot of movies, pictures, tv shows, games, etc. I promise, I do delete files, uninstall unused programs, and bad photos :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

IMO HTPC with Gaming PC doesnt match. i3 might bottleneck the 7950 and both cpu and gpu might run hot while playing games.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

i3 won't bottleneck the 7950, it actually can keep up with the GTX780 in most games. It just doesn't keep up in something CPU intensive like Metro

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

My statment applies to the haswell i3s but they weren't a whole lot faster

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I do plan on upping to an i5, but my card was at 40C after four hours of gaming on ultra settings playing BioShock Infinite.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated prices according to past invoices and product ratings.

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

I would think that CPU is bottlenecking that GPU

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought it would more than it is... at least so far. I've noticed nothing - everything is smooth as butter. I'm really going to use BF4 as my testing ground as to how quickly I will need to upgrade to 3750.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid recommendation. Thanks! Just curious why to have separate systems and not all-in-one? I asked TNT the same.

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