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I decided I wanted to be able to play games on the sofa with a controller, and also have something to play movies and stream the usual Netflix / Prime / Hulu stuff.

It's working out really, really well so far. To give you an idea of its gaming capabilities, I'm rocking Shadows of Mordor at high settings with 60fps at 720p (I literally cannot see the difference between 1080 and 720 with the size of my TV and the distance I sit away from it).

Been ripping movies to the harddrive with WinxDVD Ripper and it's way easier than I thought it'd be. The processor is overclocked to 4.2ghz and seems quite stable. A 20m stress test maxed the temp at 80c but it was mostly in the mid to high 70's which I'm perfectly comfortable with.

Not bad for a little over 600 bucks!

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  • 51 months ago
  • 14 points

Love these little ITX builds. Proof that a PC really can replace a console as a couch gaming/entertainment center.

  • 51 months ago
  • 4 points

Cool. Great little computer for a home theatre pc.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get windows 8 so cheap?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a student price.

Cheapest I can get it, legit, is 88.99 for W8.1 Pro. Tek-Micro.com

Or you could do the updates from W8 Pro on your own and get it here:

http://www.tek-micro.com/windows-8-pro-32-64-bit-upgrade-download-w-free-updates-to-8-1-pro/

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. Thx for the info.

I got my Windows 8 Professional for only $20 when it was on sale 2 years ago.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

If one does already have Standard Win8/Pro, the update can be done through the Microsoft Store. Free of charge.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

That's correct it's the student price right from Microsoft.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

As a Vexzarium said it's probably a student price, but he could have got it cheap off G2A or someplace.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

G2A still only really goes as low as $80 most of the time.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Who knows, might have got a real good deal. But yes, you're right.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

That sub is not allowed here. Those keys are not legitimately distributed.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

is not allow here!

Great grammer mani! (Great spelling for me too!)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Great use of budget! Love small form factor builds and that CPU cooler looks awesome! +1 for you sir!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

You know the graphics card market is great when you can get a 750ti for 100 bucks

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow I love how it just fits your tv stand so well. Im building the same btw!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build! makes we want to build one too.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how this is a home theatre PC and it has the same specs as my main gaming PC (besides the processor; A10-6700).

This might be a sign I'm a casual gamer.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah this rig really surprised the hell out of me with how capable it is. It's quite awesome!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! That Silverstone cooler is nice!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do play on it?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

So far I've been playing:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning
  • Shadows of Mordor
  • Styx: Master of Shadow
  • Dark Souls

Also a bunch of non-demanding games like Super Meatboy, Mark of the Ninja, Braid, etc.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Man. This is a nice build.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is almost identical to what i'm working on. G3258 + mini itx. I love itx builds to death, but it's hard to be 'budget' minded when you sometimes have to pay the premium to get smaller parts. Seems like yours worked out very nicely. congrats!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it! How did you overclock the processor? I am new to PC building (My first and only build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/dPD8TW) and I would like to build something like this. There is no point in me getting it if I cannot overclock it properly though.

Tips? Thanks!

Zach

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I'm a total OC noob but this was EASY thanks to this motherboard. It was literally this simple: Go to the BIOS, click "oc tweaker," click "non-z oc" and there's a drop down menu. You literally click the speed you want.

Next just download some kind of program that will let you stress test it so you can watch your temps, I use Intel Extreme Tuning: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/desktop-boards-software-extreme-tuning-utility.html

Do a 20m stress test and watch the temps. That's it!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Thank you!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you find a GTX 750 Ti for $100? That is the bargain of a lifetime!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe it was on Newegg, it was $129.99 with a $30 MIR-- received the rebate today! Such an amazing deal!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

89.99 after rebate right now on NE. just picked one up m'self

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Cute little thing, and a great idea. Might I suggest adding in a $60 controller, and you've got yourself a super-powered XboxOne!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I grabbed a wireless Xbox controller I use with it, waiting on that Steam controller to release!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What Logitech thing did you have? I saw a wireless receiver in one of those pictures.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a Logitech k400 key board, it is great for HTPC because of the form factor and the built in touchpad. It is very solid for the price, I have one for my raspberry pi

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a wireless keyboard with a touchpad

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, thankyou. :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely little build, shows you don't need to spend a tonne for a HTPC, love it +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I really like it and I must ask, did you go for a blue build on purpose?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually no, it just kind of happened that way!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

You can actually play most modern games at 1080 60fps with your system build. How about some overclocking?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the heat in that enclosed environment?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Manageable, I have the CPU oc'd to 4.2ghz and it hovers in the mid 70s during stress tests, 35 idle

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I built a steam machine too, with the same graphics card :D

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I have heard the 80mm fan in this case is noisy. How noisy or quiet is this PC?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The Msi Geforce GTX 750 ti 2GB is an awesome card for the price. I use the same card and it runs tomb raider most settings on max with an average of 47frames

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

same samsung tv here in perú... and nice entertainment setup you did...+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally hate small cases. I do enjoy what you put in it for a budget build, i'll be using the same CPU and GPU to upgrade my wife's computer this winter.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you decide on your CPU? over an i3 or other AMD choice?

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a TV- Samsung I believe 46"-- had it for years.