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Just finished building and burning in a new HTPC/Gaming rig, and wanted to post a build thread in case anyone else is interested in doing something similar (and/or just wants see some HTPC porn).

The dual purposes of this build are, in no particular order, (1) to stream my recently ripped Bluray collection (and other media, including audio) to my home theater, and (2) to play the latest PC games that play better on a gamepad (imo, anything other than rts, fps, and some rpgs) on the big screen.

Parts list is as follows (some parts repurposed from earlier builds):

CPU: Intel i5 4670K (@4.0GHz)
MOBO: Asus Z87 Pro
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X (F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM) DDR3 PC3 12800 (@ 8-8-8-24)
GPU: EVGA GTX 760 SC ACX (02G-P4-3765-KR)
PSU: Corsair HX620W
SSD: Intel 520 120GB
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 500GB (HD501LJ)
OPTICAL: LG DVD-RW (no need for a Bluray drive, since everything will be streamed, and I can use the PS3 if I really need to load a disc)
CASE: Silverstone Grandia GD08B (including 3 120mm Silverstone intake fans -- will purpose option rack ears later this year)
CPU COOLER: Noctua NH-L12
FANS: Added 1xCM BladeMaster 120mm PWM intake fan and 2xArtic FM8 80mm exhaust fans (all three of these fans are daisy-chained with the 92mm and 120mm Noctua fans on the NH-L12, and are controlled using the same PWM header)

This new rig has been paired with the following existing equipment:

NAS: Synology 1511+ (w/ 5x2TB WD Caviar Black in SHR1 (8TB total))
SCREEN: Panasonic 55VT50
AVR: Onkyo TX-NR818
SPEAKERS: Polk Monitor II CS2, 70s, 60s, & 30s
SUB: 15" Titanic DIY Kit
Various and sundry classic gaming systems, as seen in final photos below (including original 1986 NES).

And now, without further ado, the build as graphic novel:

Some parts have arrived, waiting for the rest to start the build:


The case, unboxed. The brushed aluminum front looks fantastic...the picture doesn't do it justice.


The case is set up for positive pressure, and has room for three bottom-mounted 120mm intake fans. Two of those slots come with 120mm Silverstone fans installed. The third slot is used internally for cable management--they have a very smart solution for this, seen below--but if you load the case with HDDs and want more cooling, you can remove the cable-management box and install a third bottom intake fan.

On the right side (when looking at the front), towards the back where the CPU is installed, is a dual-intake opening for two more 120mm fans. One slot comes preinstalled with another 120mm Silverstone fan. I installed a CoolerMaster 120mm BladeMaster in the other slot. As with all fan openings in the case, there are easy-access mesh screens installed on the outside of the case to keep dust out.




Even the PSU intake opening has an easily removable mesh screen.


And a shot of the rear of the empty case. No thumbscrews on the removable top lid, but I replaced the factory screws with two thumbscrews I had laying around before completing the build (not seen here).


With the lid off, you can see the basic layout inside the case. The drive cage up front can hold eight (!!) 3.5" disks, two optical drives, and at least two 2.5" SSDs (more if you're creative). The entire cage is lined with high-density, anti-vibration foam. Just another quality touch provided by Silverstone. In these pictures you can see the empty case with and without the drive cage installed. In the third picture you can see the cable-management box below the two front fans after the drive cage has been removed.




PSU installed next. With a case like this, being used for this dual purpose, you really need to consider a modular power supply. You could probably squeeze non-modular cables into the case, but you'd end up with bad airflow. That may be fine for HTPC use alone, but I want this machine to be nice and frosty for gaming sessions.


But see below re: idle-state issues with Haswell -- PSU ultimately replaced with a Seasonic G550, a newer model better designed to handle those updated features.

With that done, it's time to install the motherboard. I used an Asus Z87 Pro. I could have chosen something with fewer features, but built-in wifi was a needed feature for this build, and I've always like Asus motherboards, so it was an easy choice.



For the CPU I decided to use an Intel i5 4670K. I probably didn't need the "K," but I've always liked to tinker, and the overclocking flexibility is always nice to have, as I tend to repurpose parts for various builds from time to time. For this build, I did a modest overclock to 4.0GHz, but we'll get to that later.


For the operating system and key apps, I'm using an Intel 520 120gb SSD. With prices falling, I almost grabbed a 500gb Samsung 840 EVO, but that's WAY overkill for this purpose, and I had this Intel sitting around unused, so it won the job.


I only installed one 500gb HDD (a very reliable Samsung Spinpoint from before the flood) to hold my Steam/Uplay/Origin games, as well as the occasional localized movie when I can't be bothered to stream.


You may be asking yourself, "why would he only install ONE hard drive in a case designed to hold LOTS of hard drives?" Quite simply, because I don't need the extra drives IN this machine. My Synology NAS serves up 8TB of goodies everywhere I go (literally, including on my phone, and obviously not just in the house...it's a fantastic product). Also, the extra space to allow those bottom front intake fans to get a lot of air moving (without making a lot of noise from turbulence/obstruction) is great for the gaming aspect of the build.

Speaking of air flow, here's a shot of the Arctic 80mm fans,before and after installation (as rear exhaust fans), along with the installed motherboard (with the CPU cooler's brackets pre-mounted from underneath, of course).



I can't say enough good things about those Arctic F8s. They're nearly silent, they come with extra cables to daisy chain PWM fans, and I've found them to be very reliable. They're also very inexpensive (under $8 each).

Next, I installed the RAM. In this case, I installed a pair of 4GB G.Skill sticks. The stock speed (1600MHz) isn't terribly fast, but the stock timings are very tight (8-8-8-24), and since I repurposed these from an old gaming rig, I KNOW that they're stable and cool. I could easily overclock them if I wanted to, possibly as high as 2133MHz, but there's just no reason to in this build. Here's a few shots of the RAM installed (unfortunately, they don't match my color scheme...good thing there's no window in this case!).




Next, it was time to install the CPU cooler. This is often a chore/headache, but I cannot say enough good things about Noctua. I haven't used their products extensively in the past because, despite the fantastic reviews, I really hate their trademark color scheme. That said, I needed a low-profile cooler in this situation, and I wanted something that I KNEW would work well -- set it and forget it, basically. That said, it's hard to find a low-profile CPU cooler for Haswell that can actually support an overclock, even a mild one. But as soon as I unboxed the NH-L12, I knew I had made the right decision. This product screams quality. From the machining to the cable sleeving to the printed materials and extras (including excellent thermal compound and a variety of extension and noise-reduction cables), I was impressed before I installed thing. It was also very easy to intstall. Just unclip the top fan, and the heatfins and bottom fan have holes that go right down to the pre-mounted screws. High quality and ease of installation? Check. And as mentioned above, I was able to daisy chain both 80mm exhaust fans, the adjacent BladeMaster intake fan, and both Noctua fans to run off of the CPU_FAN motherboard header. Awesome! Let's be clear though, those fans are still ugly.





Of course, the next question is, did it perform? You bet. Idle temps (at Speedstep's minimum 800MHz) are around 20C, and full load under Prime95 (at my modest OC of 4.0GHz) was around 60C. In my experience, that's fantastic for Haswell, and quite shocking for a low-profile cooler. But I'm getting ahead of myself...we couldn't test temps until we finished the build!

Next step is the GPU. I got this EVGA GTX 760 SC ACX for a great price during a Newegg promotion (plus an EVGA rebate), along with a free copy of AC4, a game I'm looking forward to playing on the big screen. The card looks great, and EVGA was nice enough to throw in a free backplate that is not even advertised on Newegg (what are they thinking?!), but was apparent from the reviews. In this case, in a horizontal case, the backplate isn't really necessary, but it's still a nice feature to have, especially if I ever plan to repurpose this GPU into another build in a standard tower case...and you know I will at some point!



Now, once the GPU was installed, and I started to get all the power cords plugged in, we had a bit of the old spaghetti monster rearing its ugly head.




With this case, especially when using these particular parts, forethought is important, and you may notice that I had already plugged in all of the modular power cables I knew that I would need, and had even marked the SATA cables with stickers before I routed them through the cable-management box. This is made it MUCH easier to deal with things once I reinstalled the drive cage.




One extra cable tie right below the GPU to keep the extra power cables neatly bundled (and some gratuitous sticker placement INSIDE the case -- wouldn't want to tarnish that slick brushed-aluminum front and all-black look), and we were nearly there.




I added that extra cable tie for three reasons. First, and by far the least important, it just looks nicer to keep everything bundled -- pointless when there's no window, but still, I guess I'm OCD. Second, bundled in that position, it keeps the cables right in between the dual fans on the ACX cooler, and therefore the cables don't interfere with either fan's intake. Before the bundling, the cables were partially blocking the rear fan. Third and finally, pulling the cables to that point to bundle them kept the vent on the top rear of the case clear, which is important for allowing air to leak out of the vent, which is perfectly placed right above the GPU. Once the cables were arranged, it was time to close the case. Despite the blinding flash, you can see that there are no cables obstructing the top vent.


Here's a shot of the back of the case with everything installed (including the thumbscrews I used to replace the original tiny Phillips-head screws.


And some final shots of the build in its place on my media center (with and without annoying flash reflections). Later this year the TV will be mounted on the wall, and the equipment will move to an AV rack (including this rig, which has optional rack ears -- yet another attractive feature), but I think it looks right at home for now.





Now, as for benching, I haven't complete everything I'd like to (hence the reserved post below), but here are some potato-camera shots of idle and load specs:



I'll post some actual screenshots of real testing as soon as possible. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed reading about the new HTPC/gaming rig as much as I enjoyed building it!
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Spent a couple of hours playing AC4 this afternoon with max graphic settings. CPU temps never climbed above 50. GPU temp spiked at 75 twice, but for under 10 seconds each time. On average, GPU temp was around 64C. Fan profiles kept everything VERY quiet, except during intensive GPU moments (which was infrequent), and I couldn't hear it at all from about 9 feet away on the couch with the AC4 soundtrack/FX playing at about 2/3 reference levels. Still hoping to add some true burn testing results, but wanted to add this for now.


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Awesome build. What was the total cost? I'm thinking of selling my Dune D1 media player and building an HTPC.

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Awesome build. What was the total cost? I'm thinking of selling my Dune D1 media player and building an HTPC.

Thanks Gus! I already had the PSU, RAM, SSD, HDD, DVD, and one of the extra fans. The rest (CPU, CPU cooler, mobo, case, GPU, and 80mm fans) ran me about $800 after rebates and the like. Not inexpensive, but not crazy either for what is, in a way, now a centerpiece of my HT. Happy to help you find deals on similar parts if you're interested.

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Thanks Gus! I already had the PSU, RAM, SSD, HDD, DVD, and one of the extra fans. The rest (CPU, CPU cooler, mobo, case, GPU, and 80mm fans) ran me about $800 after rebates and the like. Not inexpensive, but not crazy either for what is, in a way, now a centerpiece of my HT. Happy to help you find deals on similar parts if you're interested.

Thanks. I'm thinking of going a little bit more inexpensive and smaller. I'm thinking of possibly going with a Intel NUC or something similar to it. I only need it for streaming movies from my server. At the same time, I am in the process of building another UnRaid server strictly for Plex Media Server so my whole family will be able to access my movies and play them. At the same time we can access that same server whenever we are on the road.

So, I think I am going to start with the server build first.

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Nice pictures, brother. Fills me with desire to do my own. I have been thinking of making my system and actual HTPC. You know I post here in the HTPC section frequently, but I don't actually have a HTPC. I just use a regular desktop and only rarely use the TV as the display.

But I have some intentions to probably get the Lian-Li case I've been wanting and switch it over. Plus a new modular power supply with a little more wattage for a 2nd 770 card that I intend to pack in.

I'm also considering a projector, but my room is quite small and the speaker placement really limits the screen size.

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Thanks. I'm thinking of going a little bit more inexpensive and smaller. I'm thinking of possibly going with a Intel NUC or something similar to it. I only need it for streaming movies from my server. At the same time, I am in the process of building another UnRaid server strictly for Plex Media Server so my whole family will be able to access my movies and play them. At the same time we can access that same server whenever we are on the road.

So, I think I am going to start with the server build first.

Not a bad idea. There's a detailed discussion of NUCs here: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2289083

Just keep in mind that it's very difficult to wirelessly stream 1080p video and HD audio these days without some kind of stuttering.

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Nice pictures, brother. Fills me with desire to do my own. I have been thinking of making my system and actual HTPC. You know I post here in the HTPC section frequently, but I don't actually have a HTPC. I just use a regular desktop and only rarely use the TV as the display.

But I have some intentions to probably get the Lian-Li case I've been wanting and switch it over. Plus a new modular power supply with a little more wattage for a 2nd 770 card that I intend to pack in.

I'm also considering a projector, but my room is quite small and the speaker placement really limits the screen size.

Thanks. Modular is definitely the way to go if you can get your hands on one for a decent price. And you'll want at least 1000w for dual 770 plus whatever else you're running. You could get away with less, but better safe than sorry.

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Not a bad idea. There's a detailed discussion of NUCs here: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2289083

Just keep in mind that it's very difficult to wirelessly stream 1080p video and HD audio these days without some kind of stuttering.

I don't stream high bitrate videos wireless. For that purpose, I use Plex for the families iPads. I can play my movies at my parents house via Plex as well. The only issue I've got with my current server is that I don't have it on 24 / 7. I want to build another server that uses less electricity and will be on 24 / 7 for my whole family to use.

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I don't stream high bitrate videos wireless. For that purpose, I use Plex for the families iPads. I can play my movies at my parents house via Plex as well. The only issue I've got with my current server is that I don't have it on 24 / 7. I want to build another server that uses less electricity and will be on 24 / 7 for my whole family to use.

Depending on your budget, Synology diskstations would handle that for you incredibly well. I love my 1511+. And all of the software comes bundled free, and runs off the diskstation so you can leave your PCs off. They're not cheap though, and you need to supply the HDDs.

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Depending on your budget, Synology diskstations would handle that for you incredibly well. I love my 1511+. And all of the software comes bundled free, and runs off the diskstation so you can leave your PCs off. They're not cheap though, and you need to supply the HDDs.


Synology is nice, but overprice for what I want. I've been using UnRaid for almost 3.5 years now, and it works well. My UnRaid license give me the option to use up to 23 HDD for storage. That would be just too expensive with Synology. Also, my PC and server are independent of each other. I don't need to have the PC on.

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Synology is nice, but overprice for what I want. I've been using UnRaid for almost 3.5 years now, and it works well. My UnRaid license give me the option to use up to 23 HDD for storage. That would be just too expensive with Synology. Also, my PC and server are independent of each other. I don't need to have the PC on.

Synology is expensive, no doubt. I actually got mine as a sort of gift from a client that was no longer using it (they upgraded). But it's also unrelated to any PC, which is nice.

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Synology is expensive, no doubt. I actually got mine as a sort of gift from a client that was no longer using it (they upgraded). But it's also unrelated to any PC, which is nice.

I only have a tiny 2-drive synology, but I absolutely love it. Amazing software, really the only gap in it is meh backup tools for client PCs.

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Very nice rig.

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Not a bad idea. There's a detailed discussion of NUCs here: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2289083

Just keep in mind that it's very difficult to wirelessly stream 1080p video and HD audio these days without some kind of stuttering.

i stream hd with very little what id call rare to never stutter. I have my server hard wired and rest of system connects wireless w no problem. All wireless n and gigabit network. Phenom 2, i5 and i7 machines w 8-16 GB RAM.

My setup:

Media server - quad core 3 ghz. 8 gb crucial ram. 6 tbs data.

Htpc - 16gb crucial ram, i5 3570 3.4 ghz, gtx 660 ti, ssd 120 gb, 750gb hybrid drive, 60gb ssd.

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Got everything re-wired in the basement and re-ran speedtest: http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/3289479503

Happy with the results. Makes it much easier to localize HD content for those times when streaming is tough (like with ripped 3D content).

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Got everything re-wired in the basement and re-ran speedtest: http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/3289479503

Happy with the results. Makes it much easier to localize HD content for those times when streaming is tough (like with ripped 3D content).

Ahh, another Long Island Internet connection. smile.gif yay for competition!

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Ahh, another Long Island Internet connection. smile.gif yay for competition!

It pains me to admit it, but FiOS has been great. I was using TWC before I moved from Forest Hills, and this is WAY better.

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I wish. Stuck with crap options here.

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Well, if it makes you feel any better, I'd take cheap real estate over a fast internet connection any day of the week.

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Well, if it makes you feel any better, I'd take cheap real estate over a fast internet connection any day of the week.

Truth. But then you'd have to leave all this behind biggrin.gif

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CytoSiN, very nice build. Gives me motivation to build my own. I was debating an Xboxone but lately my son has been enjoying Steam and as of yet the One isn't really practical for my needs. My 360 will do for now. Great machine but I think a new htpc is better money spent.
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CytoSiN, very nice build. Gives me motivation to build my own. I was debating an Xboxone but lately my son has been enjoying Steam and as of yet the One isn't really practical for my needs. My 360 will do for now. Great machine but I think a new htpc is better money spent.

Couldn't agree more. Especially since you can use a 360 controller with an HTPC, and double especially since the XBOne requires mandatory home invasion...I mean Kinect...same thing really. I've been playing AC4 on the big screen with a 360 controller and loving it.

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Couldn't agree more. Especially since you can use a 360 controller with an HTPC, and double especially since the XBOne requires mandatory home invasion...I mean Kinect...same thing really. I've been playing AC4 on the big screen with a 360 controller and loving it.

Except it doesn't... but yeah, still prefer my PC. Enjoying the double xp weekend in BF4 right now.


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Haswell didn't want to play nice with my 5-year-old Corsair HX620w, so I grabbed a Seasonic G550 and it's humming along just fine for the time being. In short, I was having voltage regulation issues at idle, or at least CPU idle (GPU stress with CPU closer to idle was still an issue, for example when watching a movie or playing a game). I'd basically get a full shut down followed by inability to boot without first unplugging and doing a static discharge. Issues with older PSUs (especially with multiple 12v rails) and Haswell have been well documented, but I guess I hoped I could just work around it. Time will tell if this swap did the trick, but hopefully others can learn from this and make sure they pair PSUs and CPUs to avoid generational gaps like the one reported with Haswell and seemingly exposed here.



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