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Living Room PC

by mcmattila

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15 Comments

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Date Published

Oct. 30, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.08GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

Description

I build this computer to be used in our living room as an HTPC/light gaming rig. I wanted to keep the costs down but at the same time build a capable machine for some gaming. An AMD rig could have possibly been even more bang for the buck, but I wanted to go with Intel/nVidia combo.

The PC runs cool and pretty quiet, and can handle everything I throw at it nicely. In addition to watching series or movies, I play games with an X360 controller. Occasional couch-coop sessions with friends are great! I've also experimented a bit with Steam in-home streaming, and both streaming to this PC and from this PC seem to work nicely.

I'm happy with the current build, the only things I would change are the rear case fan and maybe add an SSD. These are not big things however, and might not happen for a while.

Part Reviews

CPU

Overclocks nicely, runs cool and was cheap. I also considered an i3 prosessor, but based on reviews and my intended use I couldn't see the point in spending nearly twice as much money on it.

CPU Cooler

Great, cheap cooler! Compared to the Intel stock cooler, it runs around 20C cooler. I ran with the stock cooler for around six months, and was rather impressed how silent it was (compared to an AMD stock I had to use on another build around 2010), but the EVO is definitely a step up in every way.

Motherboard

A great pair for the G3258. Cheap and allows overclocking!

Memory

Bought these years ago, and I have no complaints. Can only run with 1400MHz in the current build.

Storage

A standard HDD, I've had no problems with it.

Video Card

Runs quiet and doesn't consume a lot power, but can still keep up with today's games reasonably.

Case

Good looking case that is easy to work with. It is pretty large, but then again it basically has space for everything you could want to put in. I have some issues with the quality though, as there was some bent panel pieces and my case was missing one screw for a side panel. I didn't find these so annoying that I would RMA, but still.. The HDD racks were nicely designed, but caused vibrations, so I took them out and hanged the HDD with some elastic string. No more noise from HDD! The rear fan is also somewhat noisy, I might change it in the future.

Power Supply

I know the VS series has got some flack, but it was the cheapest quality PSU that I could get new. It has plenty of power for this build, runs quiet and had connectors for everything I needed. The only problem I had with it was some rattling noise from the fan in the first couple of days, but it seems to have stopped, hopefully for good.

Optical Drive

An old CD/DVD drive from another build. It's noisy, but works when needed. I also like that it has an all-black front panel, works well with the case aesthetic

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DS4130 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Really nice little lounge box. Would have maybe been tempted with the GTX 950.. I'd be very interested to know how much wattage this is pulling form the wall? +1

mcmattila submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, I hear GTX 950 is a great card, but it wasn't available back when I started building this. Probably would've gone with the 750ti anyway, since 950s are pretty expensive here, and I don't really need the extra power. As for the wattage, I don't know as I don't have a meter. PCPP estimate is around 213W.

DS4130 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Fair play. Shame you don't have a meter as I'd think idle or video playback would be pleasantly low on this box..

brandong003 6 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Solid HTPC/Gaming Rig. I like your choice of parts and I'm a big fan of small and affordable gaming PC's.

mcmattila submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! That's exactly what I was going for!

tiny_voices 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Agreed. This is a great HTPC.

ABundleOfBunnies 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Very Solid HTPC/ Console Killer. Its nice to see someone who knows what they are doing and does there research. :0

mcmattila submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Much obliged!

ABundleOfBunnies 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

:)

Shakaron 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Wow, first time I see the point of using the HUGE icons on the desktop. LOL

I use the same CPU cooler, but it made my PC noisy as hell. Well, it is not the fan on the cooler that makes the noise, but it causes vibration in my machine as it is not perpendicular with a flat motherboard, but a tower with a perpendicular board and sideways cooler. So the vibration of the 0.5 kg cooler just makes my whole case vibrate and since it is an age old case (10-20 years?!!) it makes a sound like someone is using a jackhammer. XD

Of course when the fan slows down, it vibrates less, makes it less noisy. Since I use head phones, only my girlfriend complains. :)

I'm glad the cooler is almost silent for you.

Nice build there!

mcmattila submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, huge icons are good when operating from a sofa:D I haven't noticed any vibrations coming from the cooler, and with the 4.3GHz overclock I'm running the fan stays quiet as well. When I turn it up to 4.4, the fan gets noticeably louder, so much so that I happily keep it at 4.3.

OhTekkers 1 point 25 months ago

did you have to update the bios when you installed the cpu?

mcmattila submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

No I didn't. Sorry for the late reply..

Blinkdawg23 1 point 3 months ago

I'm not sure if PCPartpicker pings you for these messages, or if we're allowed to ask questions. I'm going to anyways, though.

Did you need to update your motherboard's bios for the G3258?

Edit: My bad, I see that question has already been answered. My bad!

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mcmattila submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

The resolution is 1366x768 upscaled to 1080p, with 'large' icons. Makes looking at the (somewhat tiny) TV screen from 2 meters away easier:)