:edit: Updated build list and new suggested case
I bought a new 4k UHD HDR OLED and wanted to upgrade my HTPC to 4k60hz to match. It turns out that options are actually really limited right now for HDMI 2.0, which is the only way to get 4k60hz to a TV, unless you use displayport with that one poorly reviewed Panasonic LCD.
The Intel skylake processors got me really excited, with the announced potential hdmi2.0 support from z170 motherboards.
Right now no matx boards offer hdmi 2.0, but
The ASRock Fatlity Gaming z170 itx/ac has onboard hdmi 2.0, which I am now using ( http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal...0Gaming-ITXac/
). Additionally, the nvidia gtx 950 comes in a small size, with low power requirements, hdmi2.0 and hdcp2.2, and respectable 1080p gaming
So I set out to build the most aesthetically pleasing 4k60 capable htpc that money can buy today and ordered the below:
UPDATED SUGGESTED BUILD
i5 6500 $199
8gb ddr4 $60
Asrock Z170 Gaming ITX $184
Streacom FC5 Evo $275
Streacom zf240 fanless power supply $175
Streacom flirc usb board $33
Shipping from quietpc $29
I have an old ssd lying around, and also have a Logitech harmony that I use to control everything, otherwise the above should represent total build cost.
All the parts arrived today, it was a fun and somewhat challenging build, I took some pics along the way.
The cast assembles, everything looks as it should be, the Streacom FC10 case is a bit bigger than I imagined it would be, its around the same size as my Marantz nr1605 AVR. The fit and finish is incredible, easily the nicest case I have seen.
After staring at all the parts for a bit, I decided the first course of action was to install the flirc board. Getting behind that usb3 cable attached to the side of the case was annoying.
Next up, roughing everything in. The motherboard fits with plenty of room, and I try and get the PSU as far away from the motherboard as possible in the opposite corner of the case. The GPU goes in sideways and, oops, it sits at a very slight angle on top of the PSU. Not great, but it seems to fit ok so fingers crossed.
This part was fun. There is a block with some channels in it that sits on top of the CPU, you fit the pipes in the channels and then screw the top on. Then the entire assembly goes into the cpu mounting bracket holes. The 3 aluminum blocks on the side screw into the case and create the contact for heat transfer from the cpu to the rest of the case. I'd love an aftermarket solution to do the same for the GPU.
Oh man, that 12v cpu power cable barely
fit. I should probably have scooted the PSU up a notch but it was a pain screwing it in so I ran with the cable taut.
Here's the gpu with the PCIe extension cable attached. Honestly I'm not feeling too confident at this point. The GPU + CPU are maybe more than what the power supply can theoretically put out, I was going to downvolt the cpu though if that happened so thats a minor worry. What has me more concerned is the PCIe cable, it looks like someone made it in their garage, I hope it doesnt catch fire
Grabbed an old SSD and threw it in, here's everything before the case gets shut.
It's alive!!! And 100% totally, completely, silent.
I need to find a usb stick so I can install the w7 license from the NUC in the background onto this thing. I use WMC for live TV so W7 is my precious for the forseeable future.
Overall I'm really pleased, the build quality of the case is amazing, although a little big. If a single slot gtx950 ever came out you could probably do this same build in the Streacom FC5, which is around half the height of this case. Still, it looks great and make zero noise so mission accomplished.
Has anyone else gone down the rabbit hole of 4k60hz HTPC builds?