Description

This PC is my second computer build, and both could not have been done without PCPP. This PC is made to primarily for watching netflix and DVD's, and occasionally light gaming and to play music. After my father heard about my first build, he asked me to build his next one. He wanted it to be compact and mostly unnoticeable so that it hide under his TV. The PC is hooked up to a surround sound system for what he calls "a top of the line cinematic experience".

For the parts I knew he would want to go somewhat inexpensive. My CPU was meant to be a CPU with decent power. I knew we wouldn't be overclocking this one so I stuck with the i5-6500. On my last build, I used the CRYORIG H7 as my CPU cooler, so I stuck with the brand I know and got a C7 so that it would fit the small compact case. For my MOBO I was simply looking for a board with simple BIOS and plenty of USB's for all of his wireless peripherals. One of the most important aspects of the build was that it should be able to load quickly, so I bought a 250GB SSD along with a 1TB HDD for extra space. The copy of Windows 10 was put on the SSD along with Google Chrome, MPC-HC (For playing media), and antivirus. For the video card he needed an DVI to go from the PC to the TV and a HDMI for connecting to the receiver that controls the surround sound. The card also needed to be low profile and I chose to go with the 750 ti. The case we chose was quite long, but that didn't matter so we chose one that was a very small 4" high, so that it was not very noticeable below the TV.

My only regret would have to be the GPU. Although the 750 ti is a prime choice and will work great for all his needs, for a little bit more money I could have bought a 1050 ti low profile, and gotten more for my money.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent CPU for the price, and if you don't plan on overclocking this is the way to go

CPU Cooler

Super quiet and keeps my CPU cool. CRYORIG wins again. If you can afford it and your case has room though, I would also recommend the CRYORIG H7 for 10$ more

Motherboard

BIOS easy to navigate, plenty of ports

Storage

INCREDIBLY USEFUL. My first venture into the world of SSDs and I see what all the hype is about. OS loads instantly and all the apps stored on it load incredibly fast as well.

Video Card

Great low profile card if you have a small case

Case

Very nice case over all, however cable management is quite tough and the PSU cables occasionally got in the way. A few cable ties (they come with the case) are quite helpful in solving this, but there still isn't a whole lot of space to work with. However if you are looking for a relatively nice case that is small and inconspicuous, this is a great choice.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like that low profile version of the 750TI? I havent seen a newer GPU with any actual horsepower that is low profile form factor so these versions of the 750TI remain the defacto GPU you can use in a LP case.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

This 750ti is pretty great, and working great so far... however there is a low form factor 1050ti such as this one: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137081

This is around the same price as the 750ti and the 10xx series is LOADS better than the 750ti so I would recommend the 1050 ti. That being said, the reason I went with with the 750ti is the 1050ti was out of stock on newegg at the time I ordered parts.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Im still using a 650TI & GTX460 in my HTPCs but only because I dont do anything except Kodi, MCE & SteamStream and none of those truly require a buttload of GPU horsepower.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Let me just say that with such great GPUs in the 10xx series and decent prices, the 750 ti is pretty much inferior in all areas compared to the 1050 ti... the only thing the 750ti really has going for it is the (rather small) 30$ difference

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

On the small chance I would be building a purposeful low profile HTPC/super small form factor, the performance boost of a 1050TI vs a 750TI would probably be negligible since I doubt it would have a need for uber power but instead would probably have a budget pricetag instead, and every $$ would count. But I will say I am eager to see what would happen with a 1050TI build, possibly a super portable but still decently powered LAN box.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

That's actually a little bit smaller than the 750Ti...

The only 1 slot card I can see is technically one from Zotac...

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Still has a cooler that turns it into a 2 slot card.

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah. It's a 1.5 slot card, I guess.

I would have liked the card better if MSI smushed the card and stretched the PCB, so it was close in size to a Mini size card, just single slot.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Well... it appears I am behind on my product knowledge cramming! Many thanks kind sir!

By any chance have you owned this personally or just were aware of its existence?

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I will being looking into finding another PSU... I know that if you're going to cheap out on a part it shouldn't be the PSU

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I look into that!

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!