Description

Fun build for the family living room PC. All around gaming, streaming, and media storage computer.

It does everything well at max resolution on a 65" big screen. I was limited to a case that would fit inside my TV stand.

The main issue I had was the HEAT! This little case is beautiful. The heat was extremely difficult to get under control though. I didn't overclock the CPU because it would have been even more difficult and not necessary. The GPU has a slight OC. Not enough to push the temps. I made some modifications to the case to let in some cool air in on the side panel. Extra fan placement was necessary as well. I was running around 50- 55c idle before the modifications. Now it idles around 42-50c during a light load. The NoiseBlocker fans really helped with good airflow and very low noise. Really happy with the keyboard and mouse selection. The range is excellent with zero lag. I might add a slimline blue ray when I am able. I just couldn't get the parts necessary in Indonesia. Also, I may expand to another SSD as needed for storage.

The system has been up and running for over a month now and I couldn't be much happier. Overall a quiet computer with black/red theme (led) for the HTPC. It's not distracting or noisy and does everything well.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 22 points

That's a pretty sweet VCR. +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Is that that one thing people put CDs into??

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

And VHS tapes.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah! BETA!?

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

You mean Betamax? JK

  • 24 months ago
  • 5 points

I love that case, it's not extremely small like most HTCP's and that's what I like about your build, it just goes so spacious-ly together. It has that good'ole Pioneer look to it! +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

Nothing to say but

beautiful

instant +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful HTPC!

Congrats!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate congrats on the feature, just to note you are meant to leave the original light bar under the heat spreaders/coloured light bar from Cablemod, unless you did it for the light bleed. Looks great +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man! Thank you for that. I could not figure out why... the light bleed is horrendous. Hahaha! Thank you so much!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing, incredibly clean build!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I think this is the cleanest looking build I've ever came across here. Nice job! +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

beauty

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

MOD!!? What mod?!

J.K. Really clean job on drilling out those holes. Also, good choice on the case. Fits in well with the TV stand.

Congrats on your feature! +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a BEAUTIFUL build!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Really well put together, thanks for sharing!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the case. Great choice.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Did the mobo or case come with a riser cable? I didn't see anything in the partlist. +1, nice feature btw

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The case did include a riser cable. Thanks much.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

This is very nice

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

its great but why a 300 dollar video card for an htpc?

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Because the Sony Bravia KD-65X9000B is a 4k HD TV so he probably wanted a 4k capable GPU.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, 4k and the PC isn't limited to streaming. Games are manageable at high res from the couch!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice HTPC, but why didn't you use the RX580?

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

The 480 was salvaged from a previous build. It's proving to be very capable so far. The 580 would have been my second choice.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok, nice

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean it has an update to make it the same card? There are custom BIOS modifcations you can do, but as far as I am aware those are risky and aren't OEM BIOS upgrades.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great. A little confused why you would spend so much on RAM. 16GB is more than enough for this application and you could of used that extra $250 towards better cpu cooler and even a better GPU if you wanted.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Admittedly, the 32gb ram is overkill. As far as a better cpu cooler- I was limited to a compact cooler that would fit. I tried two other compact coolers and the stock cooler was inline with the temps they showed. The stock cooler provided a little more space and I think that allowed better airflow around the cpu. I also thought the stock cooler looked a little better. I tried a Ryzen 1800x in the build at first. The heat was overwhelming. I wouldn't consider anything more with this case.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Very interested in this case, could you explain how your temps are please? For example what do you think would help the temps in terms of modding?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps hover around 42-44c at idle. 50c is typical light load and bench marking will rarely exceed 60c. If you look closely at picture #8 you can see the holes I drilled into the side of the case. With a proper workbench I think it would have been easier and nicer. I may cutout and add a proper fan grill later when I have the means. Also- It will be necessary to add additional fans, 2- 80mm in the front, 1- 90mm in the spot where the holes are drilled, and 1- 60mm in the back. That will bring the temps down 10c easily and won't require the fans to be on blast all day. If you have the space available I'd recommend the PC-05S. As it has additional cooling space for an AIO. It exceeded the height I needed so I had to pass. Good luck with your build.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

You should also mention your ambient temp, what is interesting is the difference between both (usually called delta) :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Ambient temp - (delta) is 25c. :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 32GBs of ram? I mean, for Home theater. Seems Overkill

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty cool man you built a PC in an old vcr player. Good use of recycling things you can find around the house.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Time to install KODI media player.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful case, I'm currently building an HTPC with a Fractal Design Node 202, and was just about to kick myself as your case is a whole lot prettier.... Until I saw the price of this Lian Li case, $300+!!!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

You won't be disappointed with the Node 202

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but a shame to see it hooked up to a TV with a game running on it. The best input lag of any 4K TV is 17ms and that's unbearable for most PC gamers.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! By no means would I consider this a dedicated gaming rig. It is possible to have a completely acceptable casual gaming experience though.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

how dude , the gpu is a beast at 1080p and works good at 1440p i think

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

Great looking. A quick question, how did you mount the fans at the front? Drilled any holes? I am thinking about adding 2 front fans myself and was just wondering how you did it.

Cheers.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

2- 80mm fans sit almost wedged with the glass top. Add 1/2 strips of black double stick tape to the bottom. They won't move.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, that was indeed what I had in mind.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

$450 ram. DAMN

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, everything is running in 4096 x 2160. It looks very sharp. The Forza 7 benchmark ran around 50 fps. In game I'm seeing as high as 70 fps. I need to do some real benchmarks and update what settings I'm using with full accurate stats and temps. In time, I'll update.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The Nvidia Shield does look great. I wonder about how much of a workaround things like running a VPN would be. I live overseas so it can be a challenge without one. Also- I wanted a complete functioning computer not just a streaming device. I'm finding that the family is using it more and more for mundane tasks. The SSD doesn't appear to have much heat issues, it all has to do with the CPU. The backside has a 140mm fan blowing directly on it. That being said.. I like that spreader! The Noctua NS- L12S might actually fit. I tried a Cryorig c7 and a Thermalright 100H muscle prior to using stock CPU heat sink and the difference was minimal to none. If I can get my hands on some thermal grizzly I think I'll do that upgrade. Thanks again.

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