Man, you gotta love MicroCenter. I was just in there on Friday in Atlanta. Makes me wish I had deeper pockets! lol Your build looks fantastic! Would love to see some more pictures of it. Enjoy it!
How would that CPU / Mobo Combination work for a Plex Server? Is it beefy enough to handle multiple 1080p streams? Great looking build btw!
Try putting your searching for your motherboard I/0 shield on ebay. Normally you can find odd and end stuff on there. It would suck for your mobo to die due to static electricity. Good looking build and excellent cable management! +1 from me :)
What settings are you using in handbrake? Just curious since I currently just keep the full mkv file, and I need to create some more space by shrinking my files.
I have the exact same GPU with the titan cooler and everything! Except I am playing at 1440p. For basically an upgraded 680 it does surprisingly well playing modern titles at that resolution! +1
I use the wireless K400 Logitech keyboard. It works great for my setup.
Really well done salvaging that case! I take it you couldn't remove the old liquid cooler? It any quieter with the new air cooler?
I think he is asking because the logo is not horizontal. I like your build! I also like that you used the x41 Kraken so you could create some positive air pressure and keep the case dust free! :)
For 1080p gaming a 970 will last you a long time. The 980ti is more meant for 1440p/4K gaming. If you want to overclock your CPU I highly suggest the Hyper 212 Evo. If you are going to stay at stock speeds on the CPU, the stock cooler will do just fine.
Very nice job on the build. Excellent cable management. The only change I would personally make is to get the black/blue version of the case you have so that it matches your components.
Try testing your ram with MemTest or use just one stick at a time and see if that helps with your games framerates/crashes. I had a lot of funky stuff going on my pc similar to what your experiencing and it turned out I had one bad stick of ram. RMA'd it and got a new set and everything runs buttery smooth. I got my wife the same CPU and Motherboard and it runs great. That I5 should be just fine for what your using it for and going to AMD would be a step down from what you got. If your set on changing your CPU then I would upgrade to an I7 K series with a Z97 mobo.
This would make an excellent Home Theater PC. About the only thing I would have done different is go with a Kaveri APU for the better integrated graphics. Excellent build and cable management!
Just depends on the user. Anyways at 1080p a gamer wouldn't be able to tell much a difference between the i5 and 8350 especially with a 760 GPU.
I have to say that you did an excellent job in picking out the motherboard for this build. I made the mistake and went with the MSI gaming ITX board. Don't get me wrong the board is of good quality, but all the connections for your motherboard are towards the front of the case, where I had my sata ports, front panel connectors, and 8pin Power placed on the back of the board near the I/O panel. Which makes it impossible to acheive the nice clean cable management you got with your computer. Excellent job! :)
I wouldn't cut it. It might be better to make your own cover... It is still a very nice computer man! Cheers!
Nice Build there! I like the looks of the White Enthoo Luxe. The only thing I wish Phanteks had done is powder coat the motherboard tray black so that it hides the wires better. Are you going to install the power supply cover?
That is weird. Mine is running stock speeds in a 70 degree F room, and it idles at 25-32 degrees C. What are the fan speeds on the cooler?
51 degrees is his GPU temperature not CPU. He recorded the CPU at 37 degrees idle. Both are still high, maybe the ambient temperature is hotter than 70 F.
Thanks for the reply. I use makemkv and rip mine. Just didn't know if there was an easier way to just simply play them back (especially when renting a blu-ray).
I used a Corsair 250D with similar specs to this and I have mine sitting on top of my entertainment center. Evenwhile gaming or watching Blu-Ray rips I never hear it.
Nice Compact Build. I have always liked that case. What software do you use to playback blu-rays?
WOW. Never knew about the motherboard bending. You can see in my picture mine is bowing a little bit. But as long as I am not moving the case a lot i shouldn't have any issues. Thanks for the links. Good thing this is a temporary setup till I have room to build my own Mid Tower PC.
Watch this: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-1L_2G6rLI0
Network Attached Storage
I know. Whenever we get a house this computer will get re-purposed into an actual gaming rig, and I plan on getting an Intel NUC for the den and a NAS for my pics, movies, and music.
It is honestly not as bad as it looks. I have the whole middle wide open with the exception of the H100i tubing. The disc drive and its cables make everything look jumbled together. All the sata connections and the front panel connectors all connect right next to the rear IO. Like I said in the description the motherboard has a very poor layout. I wish I had gotten the Impact.
I don't have a NAS. This is my only system in the house, and I wanted to house my dvd/blu-ray library in it. 4TB cause that is literally how much storage I need (I already got 2 TB of it filled up, and I am just now halfway through my dvds). Green for low heat, and you don't need a 7200 rpm drive just to watch videos.
+1! I gotta ask, how did you hide all the wires going to the tv?
One suggestion for bringing the build within budget is instead of an SSD and HD to go with a Seagate Hybrid 1TB for $89. Then you have the best of both worlds! :) +1 for a very nice clean build!
If your struggling with the wifi, I highly reccomend powerline connectors. Look them up on Amazon. It basically uses your house's electrical system as a way to transfer data over your network. I have two in my house and I love it!
Love your build! I would love to see a video or thread explaining how to overclock. I just built my 250D with the H100i, but I have no clue exactly how to go about overclocking.
NM totally found where you can buy it straight from Corsair! Went ahead and ordered mine along with the rest of my parts! :) +1 for your build!
How did you get that case? It doesn't release until the 28th?!
Well it is up to you... but as far as performance it should be just fine, but it is connected to your home wifi network and that is how your computer will access it. So if you have Fast N or AC wireless or your using direct ethernet or powerline your fine.
As far as your choice in parts, they are all good quality. I wouldn't change anything. If you are interested to see the performance difference in an i5 vs the 8350 see below:
Everything looks good if your going with AMD... Personally, I think that intel is the better processor and has the better boards, but yours will do just as well with... gaming :)
You can save money on the TV Tuner card, by getting an external one like the HD Home Run Prime. It has 3 tuners in it so you can record 2 shows at once while watching a 3rd. And you hook it up to your wifi network and you can share it with all the devices in your home. It only costs 130 on NewEgg.
Just food for thought.
Agreed... and the UEFI Bios looks amazing. Can't wait to build a mini rig with that and the MSI 760 ITX graphics card.
Has anyone heard when that is supposed to come out?
None in reality. HTPC means Home Theater PC. So most people will build a small form factor silent PC and put it in their living room connected to main tv. You can use a program like XBMC or Plex to watch tv (if you have a tv card) and movies/tv shows that have been ripped to the hard drive, as well as play games.
If you don't plan to overclock use this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhl9i
Also you can add a second 120mm Fan behind the hard drive cage for more cooling if needed.
How did you get Windows 8.1 Pro for 30 bucks?????!!!! BTW Great job on the build!
With a stock i3 processor, there is really no need for an aftermarket cooler unless he just wants the pc to run quieter.
How do you get windows for free?
Nicely done... I don't think I could have gotten those wires under control!
Love me some Firefly! +1 for the name and screenshot! :)
Hey! Noticed you got the 230MM fan. Did you have any problems putting the side panel with the cage on? I heard on reviews that it was a tight fit.
I thought about doing that, but I am wanting an ASUS ROG motherboard, and the miniITX Impact has built in AC wifi.
What about the handles and feet? I have heard rumors that they deteriorate over time.
I like it! I am actually going to be building out of a prodigy pretty soon. What do you think of the build quality of the case?