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Choices, choices, and more choices. What to pick for your media box? I built my rig completely from reading PCPartPicker. All thanks to you guys/girls for contributing and helping me build BYOC instead of purchasing a crappy desktop on Slickdeals or wherever. I haven't built a computer in years so comments or suggestions are welcomed.

My thought process:

Case: Corsair 250D case is an extremely well designed case. Highly-recommend this case for transporting or tucked away in the living room connected to your 60-inch 4k TV. I wanted a cubed case to fit on the shelf or under the entertainment stand.

CPU: high-end Haswell-based processor for overclocking. ITX mobo best choice for a processor. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2461705,00.asp

Mobo Guide: There were 3 main ITX mobos I had in mind. I picked the ASrock mainly for future upgrade and ease of use overclocking. http://www.anandtech.com/show/8276/z97-miniitx-review-at-140-asrock-z97e-itx-msi-z97i-ac-and-gigabyte-z97n-wifi/9

Liquid CPU Cooler: Probably the hardest thing I had to install during my build. Probably due to the fact I haven't installed a liquid cpu cooler before. There's a difference when installing the fans call push or pull air flow. I selected push for better hot air displacement. I provide a link that helped me install the little *******. http://www.corsair.com/en-us/blog/2013/february/how-to-install-the-hydro-series-h100i-cpu-cooler

SSD: Why go for the Pro 850 and not EVO series? 10 year warranty or 150TB write. Better performance and V-NAND technology keeps the SSD alive longer. http://www.anandtech.com/show/8239/update-on-samsung-850-pro-endurance-vnand-die-size

Video Card: GTX 970 is the smaller brother to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980. Better price for performance. $300 vs $500 range. Technically it's 3.5gb of memory. Read all the controversy over it online. http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx_970_gaming_4g/

PSU: I suggest going with another psu. I got it for cheap. I have coil whine issues during heavy load. This high pitch noise will kill you if you're next to it like a banshee. XFX or Seasonic are good.

Memory: I went with 1x 8gb instead of two sticks. Makes upgrading possible if needed and less heat generation.

OS: Windows 8.1 (OEM Standard) Don't go pro. No need and the price difference is ridiculous. I have the option to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Cable management: I spent the most time on this section and still not completely done. Zip ties.

If all else fails watch pcpartpicker's video: Install on Corsair 250D

Tell me what you think! Thanks.

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build. Have you had a chance to overclock? You did a good job on the cable management in such a small case.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I just followed other people's pictures. I haven't had the chance to oc the cpu to 4.4 yet or the gpu. I'll probably try some benchmarking tools in the future.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

We must have very different ideas on what a media box is. For me, it's all about storage, which you basically have none. I hope you have a NAS.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You make a good point. I guess my title is a bit misleading. It's really more like a Steam box for your media room. You could put a 4TB hd for more storage, but I already have a NAS setup at home.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I was assuming that was likely what you were meaning. Nice build by the way. :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How about the ODD box ? does it interfere with the PSU cable ? Mine does :(

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a 120 installed in the front intake or a 140?