Description

It's been since a long time i've planned this build but i finally got the time to build it up. So i took the time and ordered the parts to assemble my own (HTPC). This build is mainly gonna be used for : -Music streaming over the home network server -Movies streaming over the home network server -Web Browsing ( Facebook, Youtube.. ) -Low-End Gaming Directly on my 40 inch Panasonic Tv sitting just in front of my bed ^ What i wanted was a small, fast, and realiable computer that could easily stream 1080p stuff to my Tv without spending too much money. This build is actually running in dual boot, OS X mountain lion 10.8.2. and windows 7 professional 64 bits. Both running XBMC for streaming my stuff. There is a list of everything working at the moment : • Dual monitor support (2x Hdmi and DVI) • On-board sound • Ethernet (wired) • Autosleep • USB 3.0 ports • HD4000 video • HDMI audio over HD4000 • Wake on Lan • Mac app Store • USB power on/off • Dual Lan • Dual HDMI • Bluetooth

*Wirless Lan Isnt working... but its not a problem for me because i have a network cable near my Tv setup.

For the part choice, i went with what i think was the best i could found for that price range.

CPU : i3-3225 with HD4000 MOBO : Gigabyte Ga-h77n-Wifi ( Less expensive then the Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe, and offer the same options. ) RAM : G.Skill Rip.jawsx 2 x 2Gb 1600mhz stick. Had issues on windows with Corsair XMS3 2 X 2Gb 1600mhz Kit ( Infinite Boot Loop ) PSU : Corsair CX600M Modular 80+ ( Eventually gonna drop a 650ti boost in there... and at 50$ price point its not a waste of money even if its more then enough! ) HDD / SSD : Kingston V+200 Now 120Gb ssd, i had this one spare and i dosent need any storage since im streaming everything from the network server. ( Boot up time is 10 -20 sec on both OS ) DVD : LG Blu-Ray burner for 50$, cant go wrong. CASE : Lian Li PC-Q08B ( This case is a beauty, but i have to say that its not for a first time builder. Very very very hard to build with, + i've got issues with the dvd drive front bezel... )

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good but how well does it run XBMC compared to the apple tv 2? Would you know?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

My uncle has a apple tv 2 and i know its pretty damn fast, my xbmc system is maybe a bit slower on the go, but it give me more stuff to do like web, office, burning dvd. XBMC it self is really good, no lagg easy to set, and you can remote with apple or android stuff Even xbox controller...

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason for the 600w? Turning it into an on the go gaming station later or something ?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

probably gonna swap in my msi oc pe 670 from my old build, or maybe getting a new gtx 650ti boost. Turning it into an on the go lan build!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I love the boost have one in my wife's build , surprised me how well it works.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

any comments on the motherboard? I am looking to build a tiny lan party rig and that is one of my options. Im not looking to overclock the i5 3350p I have already selected, so z77 is not really necessary.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect :) just be sure to select the good memory with the web site list. And for lan build its good, bluetooth and wifi are already build in and ready to use... :P

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice build. I'm going to be making something similar I believe. How does everything run so far?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice inexpensive build. I have purchased many of the same components and was planning on building my first HTPC. I have built a few Hackintoshes before, but have struggled with getting them running properly. How has the dual boot worked for you? I wasn't going to, but you build has motivated me to think of it once again. Thanks.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

less then 10 sec to boot up, but i would buy better to be honest, i had to rma this one because it failed in less then 6 month... get a 3k series or corsair or samsung ssd. I got this one because it was on sale at 69 $ with tax. So yeah its pretty fast, scores a 7.9 on wei...