Description

It's been since a long time i've planned this build but i finally got the time to build it up. So i took the time and ordered the parts to assemble my own (HTPC).

This build is mainly gonna be used for :

-Music streaming over the home network server

-Movies streaming over the home network server

-Web Browsing ( Facebook, Youtube.. ) -Low-End Gaming

Directly on my 40 inch Panasonic Tv sitting just in front of my bed ^

What i wanted was a small, fast, and realiable computer that could easily stream 1080p stuff to my Tv without spending too much money. This build is actually running in dual boot, OS X mountain lion 10.8.2. and windows 7 professional 64 bits. Both running

XBMC for streaming my stuff. There is a list of everything working at the moment :

• Dual monitor support (2x Hdmi and DVI) • On-board sound • Ethernet (wired) • Autosleep • USB 3.0 ports • HD4000 video • HDMI audio over HD4000 • Wake on Lan • Mac app Store • USB power on/off • Dual Lan • Dual HDMI • Bluetooth

*Wirless Lan Isnt working... but its not a problem for me because i have a network cable near my Tv setup.

For the part choice, i went with what i think was the best i could found for that price range.

CPU : i3-3225 with HD4000

MOBO : Gigabyte Ga-h77n-Wifi ( Less expensive then the Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe, and offer the same options. )

RAM : G.Skill Rip.jawsx 2 x 2Gb 1600mhz stick. Had issues on windows with Corsair XMS3 2 X 2Gb 1600mhz Kit ( Infinite Boot Loop )

PSU : Corsair CX600M Modular 80+ ( Eventually gonna drop a 650ti boost in there... and at 50$ price point its not a waste of money even if its more then enough! )

HDD / SSD : Kingston V+200 Now 120Gb ssd, i had this one spare and i dosent need any storage since im streaming everything from the network server. ( Boot up time is 10 -20 sec on both OS )

DVD : LG Blu-Ray burner for 50$, cant go wrong.

CASE : Lian Li PC-Q08B ( This case is a beauty, but i have to say that its not for a first time builder. Very very very hard to build with, + i've got issues with the dvd drive front bezel... )

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Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

nice hackotosh think about purchasing a gpu?? like the mac edition 7950??

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

Many other gpu are compatible with Mac, GTX Titan, 780,770,760,680,670,660 Ti,660,650Ti Boost, 650Ti, 650 and gt640's... so not worth paying a mac edition of the 7950 for 100$ more then the original version. And if you read the NOTE i said that maybe later on, i would drop a 650ti in there :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Not sure why he would need a GPU for a HTPC..

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! did you have to put windows on it or can you just go with mountain lion becuase im interested in building a hackintosh and what to save the $90 if i can.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I installed mountain lion from windows. But you can easily borrow a friend computer ( MAC ) to create a bootable usb key with mac os on it if you buy it from the app store :D

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

could i download it off my laptop that has windows and use a flash drive to transfer it?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

no so sure about that, because i think you must format the usb drive in Extended Journaled....

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the SSD

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a spare disk i had, i got at from staples last christmas for a great price of 69.99

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Lots of unneeded pics

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

That according to you, maybe other like them...

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

$100 case, $50 PSU, $95 mobo. Kinda went overboard on this. yet i3.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya but the point of this build was to get wifi, bluetooth,a small case with good quality, intel hd4000

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