Description

This was an HTPC build for Steam Streaming and Light/Medium Gaming. The two "free" hard drives were leftovers from upgrading my Laptop (ASUS Zenbook UX32VD) to a 500GB SSD and my PlayStation 4 to a 2TB HDD. I have them arranged in a RAID 0 array since this computer won't have critical data on it.

For those curious, yes my laptop and PS4 had EXACTLY the same hard drive. Go figure. https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Asus+Zenbook+UX32VD+Teardown/10120#s37402 https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/PlayStation+4+Teardown/19493#s54777

The GTX 560 Ti is also a leftover from upgrading an older PC to a GTX 960. It runs really hot when under load, so I might look at upgrading it in the near future.

Overall, it was a pretty fun build considering the space constraints and the final form factor is really awesome. It's cool to see it fit right under my TV.

UPDATE 12/5/2015: I upgraded the old GPU (EVGA GTX 560 ti) to a EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC

UPDATE 9/2/2016: I upgraded the old GPU (EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC) to a ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 TURBO. After this upgrade, this little beast is clearly a Gaming PC. I can play any game I want on it.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 11 points

First off: Awesome build! I love these HTPC compact builds and the use of a M.2 is great!
Second: For the future don't set your MOBO on the bag it comes in. That bag is made to attract static on the outside and remove it from the inside, so its a really bad spot to set down a MOBO. I actually made the same mistake when I built my computer but I learned better from watching a youtube video.

  • 50 months ago
  • 5 points

Thanks for the advice! I'll remember that next build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 5 points

So fresh, so clean - Outkast

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

had to google that i was thinking Get Low by Lil Jon

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

^ yup same here

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Absolutely an amazing build you created here. Very wise of reusing on left-over parts and creating this little monster that can smash up those games like no tomorrow. And lastly, you are wise for the future GPU upgrade when the time comes. You have executed your work very well here. You have obtain: Console Killer Achievement!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

*you have obtained

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

ACHIEVEMENT GET

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice indeed. Throw in a decent GPU at some point and you'll be good for years..

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I'll be keeping an eye out for a good price on a GTX 960 or maybe an R9 280.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Good call, sure others will not agree but personally I have been happier with video playback (and temps) since moving to a 960 from AMD offerings :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I think the 380s are cheaper than the 280s now.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The 200 series are slowly being phased out. Some 290's are getting as low as $230

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This could probably boost that build quite nicely:

http://www.jayztwocents.com/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3191

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

How it the airflow while it is on its side? It looks like it is covering up the intake for one of the sides.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

So far so good. As you can tell from the temps on the left the card runs a bit hot, the feet elevate the case enough that it is fine there's a good 1/2 inch of space between the cabinet and the bottom vent filter.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

BEAUTIFUL JUST BEAUTIFUL +1 Well deserved.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, I like thaaaat.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

YES! FINALLY!

YOU WON THE RECORD FOR BEING ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO US THIS AWESOME CASE!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

MINI ITX! YEAH

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like your build! Pretty nice. I like the photography as well.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I try to make an effort to take some nice pictures with my DSLR during a build. Although the 50mm isn't the best lens for the job.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Still looks nice! Keep up on awesome photos!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build and also congrats on getting the your build featured!+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Somehow the price displays as $0 CAD, anyone know what that's about?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are in the USA then I believe it is trying to calculate the cost in USD but everything on the list is CAD so it gets confused.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The total price displays as 0.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Based on that idle temp i say all that 560Ti needs is a little TLP... or a "Thick Line of Paste" :P

All seriousness, try a clean application of thermal compound on the GPU chipset. Based on the fact it's a used GPU with a central reference cooler design, probably bout due. Also a disassembly to clean out the rad wouldn't hurt neither.

Other than that... you beat me to it. Have the handled version on hand and slowly building my new port-a-pc for troubleshooting/temporary replacement. +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

My thoughts exactly. Just a little thermal paste and clean out the 4 year old dust and your temps will drop significantly. Only takes 20 minutes or so. Might be good to do until you replace it with something newer.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Great tilt shift effect!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Or just it's actually that small!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Never seen that SSD before. +1 for Noctua.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nooooo! Another falls victim to the outside of antistatic bag is static safe! It's not!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Another falls victim to an Internet myth. The outside of an antistatic bag is not dangerous. Grab a multimeter and test one for yourself.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how the GPU is hiding out the back in its own compartment :P

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually a great design AND functional choice!

Having it in it's own compartment allows the case to keep the "long but slim" form factor and functionally keeps most of the heat generated by the GPU away from all the other components.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very true!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Looks like my RVZ02. I dig the M.2 spot on that motherboard!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably because it's based on the RVZ02 ;)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I love small form factor builds like this. The gpu does look really hot. I guess this is where those reference blower style gpu coolers come in handy. Great Job!!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this case is really awesome. Its like the size of a console!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not quite but it's close!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

MINI ITX! YEAH! WOO! SMALL FORM FACTOR!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Could someone pls explain to me how that gpu connects to that motherboard?!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, could you tell me how the gpu connects to the mobo, did you use a ribbon cable or right angle pci adapter, just curious. +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Right angle adapter that came with the ML08.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww no pics of cable management? I would love to see that as I'm building one too.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, there's a reason for that. There isn't much room in the case so a lot of the cables are just jammed behind the power supply.

Here's a good example of what mine looked like. Don't mind that this is a video for the RVZ02 they are practically the same case: https://youtu.be/OJHGVIZw9vs?t=236

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is how my shoddy work looks now, it is messy but I can reach each and every cable connection without having to pull the whole thing apart. Without Cooler With Cooler

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks pretty much the same as mine! hehe

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the temp with the 960 ?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't checked with the GPU on load. I'll try to check tonight and let you know.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So I've been running Unigen Heaven for about 5 minutes now and It seems to have peaked out at 75C

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That's pretty nice. I freaking love your build. I'm thinking of selling my motherboard & case, and switch to a mini ITX form factor, I'm liking the SilverStone Milo ML08. The mini itx form factor & the case handle would make for easier transportation, the last remaining thing I miss from console gaming.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Just an update. When I checked the temps it was winter. Summer wasn't as good as I was getting thermal throttling. so I swapped out the 960 for a 1060 with a blower cooler. Still runs a bit hotter than I'd like and is slightly louder, but no thermal throttling.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you say that it is uncomfortably loud? I'm very strongly considering the same case and same 1060, but would ideally not like to be bothered by the card's noise all the time. Any insight would be appreciated, thank you for your time

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. Although I do game with a loud speaker system so that might cover up the noise.

But it works great, when I want to watch movies the card is quiet (to me at least) and when gaming it's not an issue at all.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

That's basically what I build it for! I have the wireless dongles to allow my X360 and X1 controller to work on it as well as a bluetooth dongle for the PS4 contollers.

Couch gaming on my extensive steam library will be awesome!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm gathering my parts up as well for the exact same purpose :D

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wooooot thanks!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's pretty decent for older games (I'd estimate 2012 and earlier).

It does okay on newer stuff but of course won't blow anyone away.

But for the really heavy lifting I have my main PC to Steam stream from!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean exactly? It's an older GPU from an older PC I upgraded to a GTX 960.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh it's connected! The ML08 case comes with a riser card and a 90 card to allow the video card to be installed parallel to the motherboard.

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