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Hi guys. Its been days since I first published my HTPC build. I have been busy these past few weeks and totally forgot to contribute to PCPartpicker. So Lets get it on!

Introduction: I was in grade school back then. We have a 80386 PC running MSDOS. From there I learned the command prompt and all stuffs about computers. I was a geek compared to my fellow neighbors. Then my dad seeing I was interested in PC bought a custom built AMD 486dx2. There, I learned more on assembling and repairing computers - hardware and software. I was very interested to desktop computers until the launch of the Pentium. After that, I can say it was the beginning of the popularity of the laptops especially when Intel released the core series. I became a laptop fanatic. Now, I am returning to my roots. Where all my knowledge began. Motherboards are getting smaller and fancier. Video cards are bigger and handsome compared to a Tseng labs video card before. PSU now have the metal colors associated to them. I must say, this is the golden year for desktop PCs and I dont want to miss it!!!

So I have three builds this year: 1. Main ITX rig (completed) 2. HTPC rig (completed) 3. another ITX rig (in progress)

Case: My first and main rig began when I saw an article about the launch of Inwin 901. I must say I was awed by its beauty. Simple yet elegant. Suggested retail price before was on $200+. After a couple of month, the Inwin 901 is now available to a retail store. The price was $220 + taxes here in Canada. I decided to wait for a nice deal. Then there was a day when it was on sale for $179.99. I bought it. Opened it and I was amazed on the build quality. It is excellent in quality, no weak spots, so many accessories, no sharp edges, thick aluminum. Everything was perfect. I firmly believe the price justifies it. The only con was it was heavy because of the glass.

CPU: My cpu is a i7-4770. I bought it for $220 from someone who is selling his HTPC. I got a nice deal here as the HT would come handy on some applications. Overclocking was not really my interest. I prefer efficiency over everything else especially the case has limited cooling option.

MB: I was so excited when I have my cpu and case. So it was natural to shop the remaining parts as soon as possible. My plan was to get a h97 itx board with wifi. but seeing the prices, I ordered a gigabyte b85 phoenix wifi from newegg. It was good, no problems at all. Layout was above average. Orange led around the motherboard seems pretty.

One day, I was surfing PCPartpicker and saw the Asus H97i-plus was on sale for $79. Pricematched it to a store and got it for $70. I bought two of the Asus. Best deal! I swapped it and removed the wifi from the Gigabyte. Asus bios is awesome compared to Gigabyte. Asus layout is also great. No wires in the middle of the board.

CPU cooler: Inwin 901 has limited cooling options. The Corsair H75 was the best 120mm out there. Got it for $65. It retails for $90. Again thanks to pcpartpicker. My first plan was to put the radiator inside the case to have a clean look. I bought a Gelid slim 120mm fan to complement it. But after many days, I got worried as the hose near the radiator is bent awkwardly and it may shorten the durability of the hose. Inwin 901 should widen the hole for the hose and just add rubber stops like in cases like corsair. Now the radiator is outside the case and reused one of the two original fan for the h75.

Memory: I am using a Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600Mhz CL9. build is excellent.

SSD: My SSD is a Sandisk extreme II 240gb. This SSD is on top 3 at that time and was Anand's fave SSD when it was launched. This would smoke most of the SSD in the market using MLC and a 5 year warranty. It retails for $200+ back then. It was on sale on another store so price matched it and got it for $130.

HDD: Using an old SATA2 1TB seagate HDD and a new 3TB seagate NAS hard disk for files and backup. Will plan to add 3TB for RAID in the future to simplify backup.

Video Card: GTX770 is a huge card. Got it from someone at this low price. LED was cool. Titan cooler was more cooler to see and touch. Heavy and can be use as a weapon to burglars. Can play any games in 1080 screen. For the inwin 901, better go for rear exhaust card to help in lessening heat inside the case.

PSU: Got a Seasonic X750 km3. This has flat cables which is ideal for this case. Build quality is very good. Heavy. Simple looking but great paint and Silent.

Keyboard/Mouse: Got a k70 silver/red led to complement the case. Looks and build quality are excellent for teh keyboard. I am using Thermaltake level 10 Mouse (white/silver aluminum) to complement the build. Mouse is awesome to look at as they say it was designed by BMW. There is a wireless model for this but only available in black.

Monitor: Got the u2414H from dell. Monitor is great and have 3 yr warranty. Will not purchase TN panels again.

there you have it folks. I completed this build in 6 months. I saved a lot of money. I am enjoying it but could not find the time to play games recently. Any questions just ask. I wont bite but I will help you in my best knowledge. Thanks everyone.

PS:My next build in in progress. I have a spare Asus h97i-plus itx board. Cpu is 4690k. (i know h97 wont overclock it) in a corsair 250d. You can check the last pic in the album. See ya guys.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 7 points

THAT CASE

  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

DAT CASE, indeeeeed

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

That case is EVERYTHING homie.

  • 59 months ago
  • 5 points

Great build, clean and compact! Though the Geforce Gtx illuminated logo doesn't really fit in. If I were you, I would mod the 770 logo, and as you can see in the link, the result looks great! http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/140159-how-to-change-the-color-of-your-geforce-gtx-logo/

+1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Thanks for the tip. It seems easy in the pictures. Now I need to decide what color and when will i can do it. :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! :D But just as a warning buy good quality light-bulb paint, as my friend used regular acrylic paint, which not only creaked, but blocked out the light. Good luck. :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

Noice

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! O_O

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the compliment!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that's what I call a good price on a CPU. $20 more than a 4690k...I would have personally gotten a Radeon for the graphics card just because they're so cheap right now, but the 770 is no slouch, either. The case is really where the money went considering average prices, but sweet baby jesus is it lovely. I'll be sure to keep it in mind for my next build, if I make it an ITX one. If this was a larger build, I would have complained about the decision on a water cooler over an air cooler, but I understand that it was due to size constraints. Pat yourself on the back; this was a job well done.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Euphemia. It was really a good deal for an i7 4770. My plan before was i3 + 750ti to compensate the price of the case but everything changed when I got the i7 4770. That deal was too good to pass. Then the gtx 770 came and it was like everything was planned for me. After a month, the gtx 900 series were announced. No regrets because the titan cooler is awesome too look at and gtx 770 still kicks *** as of today's games.

I agree, Radeons are the best deal right now under $300. Again thank you.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i love that case, it's a shame how it costs so much

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your gpu temps like?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

idle is 33degrees at 1110rpm from CPUID HWMonitor. I will play need for speed rivals or battlefield for 15mins and post back gpu load temp.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

update: gtx770: 78C max when playing battlefield @ ultra

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow whats cooling that 770?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

titan cooler sucking fresh air coming from the horizontal case fan.:) not bad for a reference video card and still in nvidia operating temp.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Where inside the case did you have the H75? I was thinking of getting one of the AIO's from corsair and placing it in the bottom right above the fan, and then a mITX graphics card, but idk how tight it would be...

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I put it in the same area as in the pic but instead the radiator is mounted in the space between the motherboard i/o and radiator mount. I use the gelid slim fan on the radiator but its hard to connect cables in the i/o of motherboard and a hose is tightly bended . So i also tried putting the fan outside sucking air from the radiator but temp is crazy on load. So in the end, the radiator is mounted outside with the 1 original fan blowing air to it. Temp inside is not bad as the the side panel glass does not seal off entirely the whole case.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

what temps u getting

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

cpu: 61C max when playing battlefield @ ultra gtx770: 78C max when playing battlefield @ ultra

All in normal range. :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Great mobo choice! I had to replace my H97 Gigabyte board which has failed me, support is taking their sweet time. Got the Asus board because it was the cheapest 97 series I could find, it's build quality is as good as any of the motherboards I've had previously, really solid with the best layout of a mini itx on the market.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats right. Just add mpcie half acwifi like mine for wireless if you dont need the overclocking of the asus z97i-plus. Like I said, Asus has the best bios out there and together with gigabyte they have the best layout.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoutout to the dog in the background.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

haha. she was confused i used her bed as the background. :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Inwin 901 nuf' said +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw the first picture, had to close the picture and give +1 and continue. You are going to use your dog in your third build?!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you. Will use her cuteness for inspiration :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I applaud You sir. Very nice and great management of Space

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you sir!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build. That case is sexy as hell!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, a friend and myself were just talking about this case couple days ago. He was looking to buy it and wanted to see how it looked all set up. Nice build, voted.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I recommend the case. just plan ahead for all parts as the case has limitations. 1st tip is you really need a modular psu avoiding thick cables.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one beautiful case! Great mouse pick too, quite perty!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. thanks. there is a new revision of the mouse in the market and can be used as wireless too.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you mount the H75 to the backplate? i was thinking of adding water cooling to my 901 but don't see how you'd mount it...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello there. oberon13.

There is nothing special that needs to be done when mounting the h75 in the motherboard. it is straight forward. I just followed the steps in the manual. send me a message if you need help :)_ thanks.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply silvergate, i meant mostly mounting the radiator to the back removable plate of the inwin...it looks like there are washers that came with it, but they are slightly bigger than the square holes, i'm debating buying an AIO since it looks like it woudl be a tight fit and might crimp the tubing.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

do you have a cover on your radiator in the back? If so would you mind sharing where I can get one? thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That monitor is kind of expensive, you probably could've gotten something that runs 1440p resolution.

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