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I wanted a cheap little box that could play some games and could be used as a htpc. I'm not a hardcore gamer and so I chose to stick with the on-board graphics on the 6400k. I only have a 720p TV so I was able to play games at that resolution on medium settings and get around 30 fps, which is perfectly fine for me. Speaking of CPUs, the a6 6400k is a great budget processor and will get the job done. The motherboard was an easy choice because I don't need a feature filled board so I just went with the cheapest one I could find. The ram was from my desktop PC that I recently upgraded to 16 GB, it was just collecting dust so I decided to re-purpose it for this build. It's great quality, fast, and 8 GB is just enough. There isn't really anything to say about the 1 TB WD Blue except that I was going to get a 500 GB HDD but then realized that 1 TB HDDs are only a couple bucks more, even though I don't need 1 TB of storage I decided to buy it because why not. The case was a hard choice for me because there are soooo many options, I went with the Inwin BP655 ITX case because it's the smallest case that had an expansion slot in case I want to get a dedicated GPU in the future. It's a slim and attractive little case that has a modern angular front panel with some blue accents. It comes with a 300W PSU, usually included power supplies aren't the best but for a budget build it should do just fine. For the OS I chose steamos, it's a great console like system which is easy to navigate from a distance because of the big UI elements. Overall, I'm happy with how this computer turned out and I think it would be great for anyone who wants a cheap htpc or for someone who's building their first computer. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 You did a really great job making a mini HTPC build. But I must admit, the lack of power makes me go a bit cross-eyed.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! and also its not really meant to be a super powerful system, i just wanted to make the best (and smallest) pc i could for the price

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that is a tiny computer.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

yep, that was my goal

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were you either get the low profile 750 ti or be hoping for a low profile 1050 if one is ever made

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not sure if that would work well, if the quality of the 300W built in PSU is not great, then a discrete GPU isn't an option.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm that is true it'll at least need an 80+ or a bronze

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The 750 ti sips power, so it would probably be fine under the power contraints. I used a lp msi 750 ti in an HP Compaq Slim on the stock PSU (240w) for almost a year no problem. Prior to that I was using a zotac gt 640, which drew about the same power. Some might say that's a little risky, but I think the risk is ok at the price point we're talking about.

My only concern is enough clearance for airflow (can't tell if there's an opening on the GPU side of the case). But at that size you're obviously giving up a few things without doing some serious modifications.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The build is great for its budget, a 750 ti would add $100 to the budget and it would essentially make the APU graphic cores obsolete, he'd probably be better off adding an HD 6450 for dual graphics configuration. A better upgrade would be getting 2133mHz ram sticks or upgrading the APU to the a10-7870k or an a8-7600.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

i was originally going to get a 750 ti but i needed a low profile one and those are $180 so i decided to leave it as a possible future upgrade

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If you add a dedicated GPU you'd also do well to change to a processor that doesn't include graphics, like the Athlon X4 860k.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this thing is great. The fact that you built it on such a low budget is even better. Definitely a great steam machine build. Feel free to check out my rig. It's constantly changing so any feed back is appreciated. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

wow I've got to say, you have one beast of a pc

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I enjoy it. I really like the steam machine though. I'd love to build one but idk if I could drop to 720p 30 fps after gaming 4k at 90. Lol.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

it actually looks really high quality from a distance, if your couch isn't directly in front of your tv it should look great or even the same

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

About 9 ft i think is my couch. But i'm doing 4k from my couch. I really want to try it tho. Lol.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Which games do you play with it?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

so far I've only played portal 2

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What network adapter is the thing on the side? looks good with the case.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

it comes with the motherboard

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, at least it has it considering it is the most expensive part of the build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, and it was the cheapest board i could find

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice small build you got there!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point
You did it! Good build

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This build just made my day. It looks great(love the case). I would have went with an a8-7600 or Pentium but for the low budget great choice. I was thinking of an htpc and now that I see this I'm really hoping i get to build one!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

He should be okay as long as it isn't pushed too far to its limit. Inwin power supplies are usually around tier 3.

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