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I moved our Node 202 HTPC system upstairs to our master bedroom where it works well with our Samsung 75" 1080p LED tv, and along with my mini-stereo system consisting of Onkyo 9050 amp outputting to a pair of ELAC B6 Debut speakers which absolutely fill our bedroom with sound.

Looking to have a good HTPC system for our main tv in our home theatre room, I looked at the new v6 M1's offered and put in my name back in spring. I got the notification that it was available and I immediately clicked in my order. It had to be black to match with all my speakers including the pair of SVS sb2000 subwoofers on which I planned to place this.

The build went very smoothly. The Gigabyte x570 Aorus Pro WiFi mobo was a dream to build in. I wanted the 3700x Ryzen chip for its potential for vid/photo editing as well as for casual gamesmanship on the big TV. I chose 32gb of Crucial Sport LT 3200MHz ddr4 c16 RAM so I could feel I maximized editing speeds. The Intel 660p m.2 2tb NVme was good enough for me on the boot drive, though I regretted not going for TLC NVMe only after I bought an Inland 2TB TLC NVMe for the secondary nvme slot on the back of the mobo. I couldn't decide between going with a 2080Ti (overpriced) or a 2080S or a 2070S, so I went for the 5700XT again since I figured it would be high value, adequate for almost everything I would use this htpc for, and could resell the 5700xt card if I ever see the 2080Ti drop in price to an acceptable range. I put together 2 of crucial mx500 2TB SSDs in RAID0 to speed up initial reads and provide outstanding storage space to feature our 3TB collection of family photos and vids for easy access in the living room. I went for the SF750 PSU platinum as I felt this system deserved a premium PSU. I think I went a bit overboard on Noctua fans on this build, but wanted to test the thermals with fans maxed out and not so.

This HTPC outputs to our huge 86" LG 4k living room LED tv. I use our Denon x3500H avr as the outputter to tv, then I plug in all inputs into this AVR: the roku box, a chromecast ultra device, the TV digital antenna, and finally this NCase M1v6 HTPC to the hdmi arc2.2 input on the tv. I use a Harmony Elite universal remote to control the system, though the LG smart remote that came with the tv works just as well too. The harmony remote allows me to better control the system in an organized way on the harmony app, and as well control using google home and amazon alexa voice. I use a folding bluetooth keyboard and an Elecom trackball mouse (the DEFT pro) from our couch to cruise the web, youtube, bitchute, twitchy, netflix, vudu, amazon prime, etc. Since setting up this htpc I've tried gaming from the couch with outstanding results on Doom, golf club 2, War Thunder, World of Warships, dota2, flight simulator, etc. 4k gaming does stutter sometimes on WoW, so 1080p high seems to work best on this limited 5700xt gpu. I'll be on the lookout for price drops on 2080Ti gpu in the future.

Over the past year I've gone out of control in a crazy manic way in terms of computer upgrades. After living with 4770k based systems (2 desktops) for almost 10 years, I've overspent like a maniac since last December - having rebuilt/upgraded 7 total desktops at home at a cost of over $12,000. I will definitely need to stop looking at this website and getting obsessed autistically over all this crap.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build man. Looks great. thought about building in the Ncase as well, to use as a HTPC/back up PC for when friends come over to game. Was it cramped to build in? or did things go smoothly?

Also, i saw War Thunder on your list, i absolutely love War Thunder. Hit me up if you ever want to play.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

which case did you use?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Assuming he had a different title from the one I am currently reading at the time you asked, it is the 6th edition of the NCase M1. Awesome little case.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an awesome HTPC build. Great job.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Gaaa! I just saw your Node 202 build which is now going to the bedroom! Swap that 5700XT out and put it in this build! This one will benefit more from it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like I'm going down that path. Already working in the first build in 10 years...the dark side has already taken a hold.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how's the temp with that cooler and lot of fans?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Beauty build!