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This is my HTPC I built about a year and a half ago. I just decided to add a video card so I may as well document it :)

CPU: The i3 is plenty fast for what I was using it for (XBMC video streaming, light gaming) and the HD Graphics 3000 served me well up to now.

Case: I wanted to use a case which looked good in the TV stand and had enough space for multiple HDDs and a standard ATX PSU. I've since moved most of the HDDs into a server. One of the case fans was broken upon arrival so I decided to replace both with the Fractals. They were too noisy at full speed so I had to run them at 7V.

PSU: I know its overkill but the Seasonic was from my old gaming build. So much better than the previous CX430 which had coil whine.

GPU: Decided I'd like to do some more hardcore gaming on the couch! Picked up the 7850 as it was about the fastest card that would fit in the case. Most of the high end GPUs have the power connectors on the top which prevents the top panel from closing. Only tried it briefly so far, but it runs Tomb Raider 60fps at high settings :)

Finally with the new PSU and some fan tweaking, its dead silent! FYI I'm streaming videos from an 11TB media server.

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haypalm102 2 Builds 5 points 57 months ago

Awesome man, creative idea and great part choices!

WickedRG 2 points 57 months ago

What does htpc stand for??

st3 submitter 5 Builds 4 points 57 months ago

Home Theater PC

CbassFishin 2 points 57 months ago

The 7850 should be the best gpu for games to run.

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Oh damn, that's an awesome audio system you've got set up there! Care to share the hardware?

And what exactly was this "fan tweaking"? Electrical engineer in the house or some software control? :P

st3 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

haha thanks dude. Yeah I switched the pins on the molex connector to run the 2 fans at 7V. On a molex there's a 5V pin, a 12V pin and 2 grounds. Normally a 2 pin fan uses the 12V and ground. Switch the ground for the 5V pin and you have a difference of 7V.

FYI Here's my audio equipment: receiver: Denon AVR-790 7.1 channel L/R speakers: Axiom Audio M60 Center speaker: Axiom Audio VP150 Surround speakers (not pictured) :) 2 x Axiom QS8 Subwoofer" Lava Subs LSP12 And the TV is a 54" Panasonic Plasma G25


edit: oh and the included 90mm side fan I turned down using SpeedFan.

malcar11 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

I really want one of these! just wonderful. Congrats!!

Orthithian 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Wow this is a really nice media PC build! thanks for sharing with us

jacktumbleweed 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

What OS?

st3 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Using Windows 8.1. The Metro interface actually works pretty well with a remote.

StarkLax 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

hehe no one suspects a thing

iisteeveii 1 point 47 months ago

Nice build,.. although what is the translation between U.S.A money and Canadian money?