Description

As I welcomed my first child into the world a couple of weeks ago, I knew I wasn't going to have a lot of time to be able to play games like I used to. I decided to disassemble my "Dragon" gaming build and shrink it down to a more compact system for use as a Home Theater PC where I can use it to stream HD/4K Content.

I kept pretty much all the same components but got rid of the Case (Corsair 780T) and GPU (MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X TRIO).

Installation of all the components went without a hitch into the Phanteks Eclipse P350X save for a couple of little things.

One was that the top of the case did not have enough clearance to mount a fan above the Motherboard toward the rear. I was only able to use 2 out of the 3 SP120 RGB. I might grab a slim 120mm down the line if I have any issues with thermals but for what I'll be using it for, I don't see that happening.

The second thing was that although the case does support a 280mm Rad, it was a very tight fit for the H115i Pro RGB towards the top of the case where the cable hub is located for the Front Panel Connectors. I had to push the cables up and out of the way just so I would have enough room to slide the rad underneath them. I feel like if it had another 1/4" clearance, it would remedy these two issues.

I also miss the Reset Switch as well as a HDD LED from the front panel connectors. I mean I have never really used the reset switch before but I'd rather have and not need than need and not have.

I'm very happy with my choice going with this case. It's small and compact, has subtle RGB lighting in the front and sides, the PSU Shroud hides the my impatience when it comes to cable management while the tempered glass side panel shows off the goodies you like.

I know it's a bit overkill for what I'm going to be using it for but at least I can just drop in a more capable GPU in the future if I ever want to use it for gaming again.

UPDATE

So I was very, very, VERY fortunate to pick up a Zotac 1080ti Amp Extreme for next to nothing and ended up ditching the GTX 770. The fans on the card are busted and they won't spin no matter what I try (Afterburner, Firestorm, etc.). It gets hot and crashes whenever I try to run any kind of Benchmark (Furmark, Unigine, 3DMark) but since I'm just streaming and not gaming, I think the RGB was worth the purchase. lol

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Reminds me of my old 6 core phenom I turned into the houses media server. Unraid, kodi, and plex running two televisions and any mobile streaming (local and away). Was kind of a pain to setup but it works well now.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

You have RGB in an HTPC?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, doesn't everybody? :D

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't put it in an HTPC. I would think that would distract you from the movie. xD

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Should i get the h100i pro instead?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What CPU are you running? I managed to fit the H115i Pro RGB but it took a little tweaking. I'f you're set on that cooler, you'll be ok.