Description

I originally put this together around the end of September. This weekend took it apart to clean up the cabling and install a GPU backplate that EVGA sent me for purchasing a GTX760. The original pictures show a Corsair HX750 PSU but since then I got a 760AXi so I swapped it out when I updated the cabling. The 760 actually fit a lot better. The 760 unit is shorter than the 750, so there ended up being more room in the case. It was fun doing a SFF build, and the cabling went a lot smoother the second time around.

I use it mostly for TV, Netflix and DVR. This single unit replaced 3 boxes that were under my TV; a Blu-ray player, a cable box and a Roku box. I have never owned a DVR and I am really enjoying it so far.

When I put it together, I thought I might also use it for some gaming but, in the end, I am not sure how practical that is going be. Maybe it’s the keyboard, or because I am more used to it, but I seem to enjoy games better on my normal desktop.

Thanks for checking out my build. Comments welcome.

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Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 11 points

This is the highest powered, most expensive htpc i have ever seen....

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

It's basically a whole 'nother gaming rig...in the living room, and with a BluRay drive haha

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I may have gotten a bit carried away. :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

Maybe it's just me, but I think that's a wee bit moar than "a bit"...

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

.... This thing has essentially the same stats as my "beast" gaming tower....

  • 76 months ago
  • 5 points

:) I probably would have gone down a notch or two if I started from scratch but I had the CPU and the PSU in stock, so I went from there.

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

How's the noise from that, especially with a 760? I've got a nice theatre setup, but I haven't gone in on the HTPC route yet due to noise concerns.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I was concerned about noise too, that's why I swapped out the stock fans. I also tried to get a GPU that was relatively quiet. With the fan controller, I set the speed on medium and I can't hear it unless the TV is off. When the TV is off you can hear it a bit but it's not bad at all. I usually put it in sleep mode when the TV is off, then Windows Media Center wakes it up when it's time to record something.

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice Build!

I was wondering how you feel about the Ceton InfiniTV 4. I am thinking about putting my own HTPC together in the future with the cable card reader and your the first one that I have seen on this site using it.

Thanks!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the Ceton. Wish it was a bit cheaper but it's been working great. It behaves just like my old cable box. I have Comcast in my area and they gave me a cable card no problem. I had to play around with it a bit to get it connected though. When I called Comcast to refresh the device they weren't quite sure what to do. I ended up going to their website and doing it remotely. The guy at the store had told me that would not work. Go figure! :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

This isn't overkill for a HTPC at all! ;D

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Deliciously overpowered for an HTPC

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I probably went a little overboard. I started with a CPU that I had left over from an upgrade I did to my desktop. Things just kind of progressed from there.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Hows the temps? I always thought that M-itx builds had bad ventilation due to all the components exhausting heat next to each other

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I was worried about that too. So far so good. Even with the Ceton and the wifi crammed between the GPU and PSU it seems to run fine. I installed Speccy and I will check it periodically just to be sure. Just checked, TV has been running most of the day; CPU = 28C; GPU = 41C.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad I'm not the only one with an overpowered HTPC. It's nice to have the horsepower to do some living room gaming on a big screen.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I remember looking at your HTPC when I was planning mine (+1 btw). How do you like gaming on yours? I picked up a remote keyboard and it doesn't really cut it.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I picked up a logitech f710 gamepad and just play games that can be played off the gamepad like the batman arkham games. For FPS games or RTS games where it is hard to see from that far away, I use my gaming rig.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I will give that a look.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

But now that I've been using it, I'm thinking that an xbox 360 controller for PC might have been the better choice. I was used to a PS3 controller and was looking for something similar but the feedback and sensitivity of the f710 just isn't as nice as a ps3 one. I'm wondering if the xbox 360 controller is better.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that's good feedback. I was just comparing the two. They are pretty close in price.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

go with the steam controller

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

You could just use your ps3 controller with motioninjoy. It could even pair via bluetooth.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You should just use a ps3 controller. theres sofware that allows you to do that

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome build you got there, exactly what I was willing to do, I just needed some proof that it works fine lol... good job, nicely done. I just got one question did you try overclocking cpu and/or gpu? how are the temps?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I haven't had any problems with temps. I had read the Ceton can run hot but I have not had any trouble with it. I haven't overclocked it. It's not a Z motherboard or a K processor; so I haven't really messed with it. It performs great. I use it every day. Although, I confess so far, I have mostly used it for TV and DVR. I recently got a controller as suggested above but haven't tried it yet.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

This costs more than my whole desktop with all its ugrades. +1

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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