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I set out to build a HTPC that could handle HD video playback, browse the internet blazingly fast, and boot quickly for when I need to print documents between classes. I have included several comments in the Imgur album regarding the building process.

There isn't much to say about this build, except that I am extremely satisfied with everything that I bought and haven't looked back. There was one oh **** moment when I realized that the power supply lacked an 8pin 12VATX connection for the CPU. I read the manual and quickly found out that the 4pin connector is still compatible. Should I get a 4 to 8 pin adapter for any reason? It seems to work fine.

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  • 87 months ago
  • 3 points

they went to 8pin to lower the current density and resultant heat buildup in the 4pin connector at higher amperages of modern CPUs. the second 4pins are a duplicate of the first. A 4pin to 8pin adapter will just move the high current density to the splitter so really not worth it. Keep your case cool and you should be fine. I'm surprised you don't have a big 2TB drive for DVR duties... Finally someone who properly sized a PSU! You sir get bonus points!

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply, now I know why the 4 pin works in lieu of the 8 pin. Others have also told me that it may lead to stability issues but I have experienced none.

I forwent the large HDD because I don't have cable TV and I have enough of a media collection on my main PC that can be shared via WLAN. Furthermore, there's hardly room for a 3.5" drive in the case. I would have to relocate the SSD to a random corner of the case if I were to cram a large drive in there.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

4pin vs. 8pin has nothing to do with stability. Stability comes from your PSU's ability to drive the 12V rail @ the current required by your CPU. That PSU has 2x 12V rails, and they're not super powerful. That CPU has 100W TDP which means ~8.3Amps on the 12V rail. 12V1 is 10A and 12V2 is 13A so you should be OK. Whatever you do, don't add a graphics card w/o upgrading the PSU or you will probably have stability issues. If you had a single 12V rail PSU you might get away w/ a dGFX in that machine, but 2 rails forget it.

Nice you're sharing/streaming media on your network!

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow. I think I might just build your build! Perfect for what I was looking for and right in my price range! Thanks

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I am just getting into building my own htpc, reviewing info, checking out builds and your build seems to be the BEST build within my budget. I do however want to add dvr capabilities (I have Time Warner cable) Is this build capable of addition of a cable tuner or would you have to change out any components? Thanks in advance your reply would be greatly appreciated.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

you should get something like a 2tb wd green and start hording tv shows and movie, seems like the build for it

  • 87 months ago
  • 0 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hTGw Hey can you check this out and give me some feedback. Probably going to build this next week.

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