Build It: A First-Class Gaming & Media PC for the Living Room

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Vesuvius

I have looked at this as primary desktop the gd06. Look it is 13 inches deep! much less the towers,you can put your monitor on top of it old school and save allot of space this way! It is a durable steel and aluminum construction. Put a passive modular powersupply, a msi cool running video card, one ssd and take out the optical and hard drive cage, one clean, durable case. This will also fit in a large carry on 21 inch type rolling luggage so you could lan it, travel to another country with it etc. It really is a flexible form factor. Its this or a a sg07 for me which will also fit in a sugo bag or the luggage ( I live overseas) In both cases one 480ssd drive only keeping the build super clean. You have to velcro the ssd in both cases to get rid of old huge hard drive cages.

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Bonn Sotto

I just finished building this rig. I want to connect this to my av receiver but I'm having no luck. Any thoughts on HTPC being connected to an AVR?

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dgrmouse

What's wrong w/ the HDMI output on the video board?

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ness64

I wish I could build this, but I can't find the case becasue I live in Malaysia. Somehow, all the other parts are down here. I probably need to look harder. But this is a great build anyway! But the only changes I would make is to bump the 2500K to a 2600K, and bump the 560 Ti to a EVGA GTX 580 3GB. I just want a PC which has power in a small size. But the only problem is that things are more expensive down here. :-(

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AreWeNotMen

I had used a laptop for an HTPC, and was ready to move onto something a bit better that could do gaming as well.

I was also looking for a project to do with my kid.  I scaled back the hard drive storage because of the cost, and got an MSI R6950 Twin Frozr iii instead of the Nvidia card.  The Nvidia seemed to have a high post-installation failure rate on Newegg.  The 6950 had power connectors on the top, though.  It was a snug fit once I put the cover on the machine.

The SSD is a nice luxury. but is probably overkill.  

I also bought a cheaper blu-ray drive (from Asus, on sale), and bought the TMC software blu-ray player on sale for $50.  That let me retire the stand-alone blu-ray player I had.

The noise is tolerable from the machine.  I don't think there is room for an aftermarket cooler unless you go with the Hxx from Corsair or some other low profile unit.  The stock fan was workable for me, as I am not overclocking right now.

I have an HDHomerun unit connected to it via ethernet.  Works great for off-the-air recording.  Also, found a cheap PCIe 802.11n card for networking.

The case is very cool looking.    Routing the cables was the biggest hassle with this build. It was my first new build in about 6 years, but nothing too difficult.  

This how-to worked for me. I had a lot of fun putting it together.

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krom

Not that I have a great preference either way, but I wouldn't mind the option, what is a comperable AMD graphics card?  Also do any of the AMD cards allow for 3D BD or just the Nvidia cards.  A nice build.  

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erraticfocus

Motherboard Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z

$180

Seriously? $180 I'd love to know where you can get this board from at a price less than $240!!!

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Airheadq

It's not the full ATX version. This is the microATX one.

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ddz49

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defiler

Classic! LOL!

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strangelove9

I'm not too stoked about the idea of leaving the stock cooler on - it's small and noisy. But, on the other hand, this chassis is less forgiving than "regular" (vertical) towers.

What's a good aftermarker cooler (preferrably with a 12 cm fan, or thereabouts), that's also not bulky, and fits into such a case?

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Vatigu

Realistically I'd say this machine is kind of overkill, if you wanted a pc that can game and do HTPC duties grab a 35ft hdmi cable and run it from your office to your tv, and set up a wifi based mouse/kb combo, then set up some hotkeys to swap between HTPC TV-out profile and your single desktop profile.

First that handily eliminates the issue of needing a small sleek enclosure grab a hafx for all it matters.

Secondly it completely negates the sound of your GTX 560 TI/leafblower while media'ing and you _could_ game on your TV, or you could also just as easily hook up the headset and game at a desk in a comfortable pose without using your couch as a mouse-mat.

In my books this is the most elegant solution for this kind of problem, assuming you have the capability of fishing the HDMI cable from your office space to your media space.

Ultimately I think this unit defeats the purpose of an HTPC as it's usually supposed to be a sort of thin client streaming media from your server or saving media to said server. 

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buguludusler

Thank you. Good post.

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Wingzero_x

I guess you haven't heard, but onboard audio sucks and it's even stupid because it's not 9.2 surround

Well that's what I heard any way.

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limitbreaker

who in their right mind would spend 1500$ for a HTPC? i understand its for gaming also but it's kind of overkill. Most people (me) would build their HTPC out of spare parts. Get your butts off the couch and go use your 1500$ on a nice vacation! your HTPC can wait until you can salvage a pc from spare parts!

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Wingzero_x

Especially considering all the options out there that cost less than a third of that. As much as I love my PC games, the reality is they don't always make the jump to the biggest screen in the house gracefully. Not to mention I just don't believe they've ever made a keyboard and mouse good enough to beat a dedicated controller while sitting back on the the sofa. 

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Brdn666

Then use a 360 controller, lol. 

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Engelsstaub

 

I love the chassis.

Wish it came out to around a grand, but the parts are worth it I suppose.

Does anybody know a good way to play a BluRay on Windows Media Player that doesn't involve spending a hundred bucks on some "codec" shit? I absolutely loathe CyberLink's crapware. Also don't want to always have to circumvent BD DRM to watch a movie I own...although I will.

 

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robluft

A few options come to mind...Zoom Player, DAPlayer, UM Player, and ole' faithful VLC.  Test them out and see which one works best with your rig since I've found some do better than others depending on hardware configurations.

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dgrmouse

MSI’s Twin Frozr II uses roughly twice as much power as the system's CPU.  I'm not saying it should be disqualified, but you really shouldn't let NVidia off the hook so easily.  Either it's time for a die shrink and more efficient graphics cards, or it's time for onboard graphics in a lot more applications.

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ness64

I agree that there should be more energy-efficient graphics cards. The fact that we only know of one planet that can support us doesn't help too. But ONBOARD GRAPHICS? This is a gaming PC/HTPC. Onboard graphics, although it has been improving, just doesn't cut it in a PC for this purpose. If this was a regular HTPC, then onboard graphics would be a-okay.

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Righteous Fury

And what if i want all the blu-ray goodness, gaming goodness AND want to flip over to to some cable goodness as well?

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ddz49

 

Then you would add a CableCARD. The Maximus IV Gene-Z is a microATX motherboard, not a Mini-ITX one.

 

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Slurpy

I like how $220 was dropped on an unnecessary, if nice to have, SSD, while replacing the stock Intel cooler with something quieter wasn't deemed necessary.  It's not super-noisy, but if I had to choose, I'd rather deal with regular HDD load times than the extra noise.

 

Of course, running with the OS on an SSD means no clicking noises. . .

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Danthrax66

Too bad HDD are through the fucking roof in price right now.

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MastaGuy

The most expensive HDD at 500gbs on Newegg is $100

 

It's incredible that all these companies weren't smart enough to put their factories where it doesn't get floods (China)

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510Gamer

Did you just say there are no floods in China...are you serious?
This is from 2011 alone, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_China_floods
Cmon bro.

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TechNinja49

You guys could have found some cheaper RAM, but overall it's looking good! I have but one question left: can it run Crysis? :P

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lordfirefox

Read closer next time it says 2x 4GB.

That's two 4GB modules. That's 8GB at $99. That IS cheap.

 

And lets not forget the Ram Prices have been dropping daily.

The same kit now totals for $79.99 on NewEgg.

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