Description

I was tired of connecting my laptop computer to my TV. I was itching for a new build, thus project "Houki" began. I've spent about 4 months collecting the parts (researching, compatibility, and money was an issue).

Like with all personal builds, there were some requirements.

Case One of those requirements was that it had to be small. I mean really, really small. Thus I used the LogicSupply case. No support for optical drive. No Problem. No internal PSU. No problem. Three downfalls though. No front panel USB 3.0 connections, No front audio connections, and I have to modify the case to accept the 4pin DIN connection from the external power brick. No biggie. It comes with a 50mm fan though! It features an all metal construction, (even the switch is metal) so it's sturdy. This case is so small, the MB's box is bigger than the case itself. perfect. lol.

CPU The second requirement was that it had to be low powered and yet powerful enough to do more than just light gaming and video playback. I chose the AMD A10-5700. Quad core, built-in GPU (quite powerful...at least better than intel's graphics), and TDP of 65w. What's not to like? Another reason I went this route, is because the case does not support a graphics card.

-Power Supply Pico PSU. Um, nothing surprising here. 160w is enough to run everything.

stay tuned for the rest of the build

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Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 5 points

16gbs of ram... super overkill. Could have saved money buying 4 or 8gbs of ram. Unless you got them for a really good price.

O:

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

it was planned for 1866 8gb originally. killer price on the ram..couldn't resist. Also they're rated at 1.35v good stuff.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you please enter the prices you paid so people don't get confused? :D

  • 76 months ago
  • -1 points

Terrible price on the ram. There was mushkin blackline 16gb cas9 1600 speed for 89.99 3 weeks ago.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, though I could suggest a more feature-packed HTPC case such as the Silverstone ML03 Black Slim HTPC Case. Also, 16gb of RAM? You could have gotten 4gb and still have a great HTPC, but you mentioned you got a killer price on the kit.

Add some more pics too!!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

This seems a promising build and for the size it will be pretty beefy.

As with everybody else I think that 16gb of RAM is overkill, but hell if you get a good price on it and its low profile to fit in your case go for it!

Looking forward to seeing more pictures!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Let's put everything into perspective: unless you got a really big sale on them, you paid more for your RAM than you did for your CPU. Actually more than any other part. To call that "questionable" is an understatement. You don't need fast RAM to play anime (or whatever it is you're going for) encodes.

Also, why choose a 128GB ssd when you could have picked up a laptop-size HDD with much more room? If boot time is a problem, you could just put the computer to sleep rather than shutting it down. Large encodes require a lot of space; that thing wouldn't hold much if you wanted to use local storage.

Dunno, if I was gonna build one of these I just don't think I'd do it like this...

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd have gotten the A10-6700 because it has newer graphics, higher clock speed, and is only ~$10 more.

Whatever, +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know anything about HTPC builds. But from a third person perspective, it seems like a lot of work to go through for the size your case offered you. And if you needed to use an external PSU, what does the size of it matter? Now, this is hindsight, and we all know it's perfect - so take what I say with an extra grain of salt.

On a positive note, I think that anytime the build meets your expectations, you've succeeded. If you're happy with the build then you did a good job.

That aside, +1 for the Keurig. :)