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UPDATE: In spring 2018 I updated my GPU on my Ryzen Stealth build and I moved the old GPU a RX470 to this build. Sorry had not taken extra pics after.
Was time for an update to my HTPC, old one did well for the last 7 years but now its going for retirement. I mainly use an HTPC for all my media (no cable TV bill) and I run older emulators on it from NES, SNES, GBcolour, GBA, N64, PS, and PS2 with USB controllers. I am glad this new PC FINALLY has usb 3.0 as the old clunker only had the 2.0 ports.
As far as the prices go it's all in CAD and the parts I had set to 0 were parts I had before.
At the time it was $30 more than the G4560 and only 100mhz faster but it has Intel HD 630 graphics instead of 610 which online benchmarks shows is about 80% faster and as I am not using a dedicated video card I thought that was worth the price jump.
Cheapest ITX b250 chipset board I could get with AC wireless built on. I can't believe I bought an MSI board /ashamed. At least it's working well for this build and I do enjoy the fan header on the board has DC mode so it can control the speed of a 3 pin fan without the need of a fan controller. I set it in the bios for a fan curve according to CPU temps.
Normally I would do 1 8gb stick instead of 2x of 4GB but integrated video scales really well with dual channel ram. Other than that most home users would not tell the difference if ram was in single channel or dual channel. This kit is working well and at its rated speed right out of the box.
One I upgraded my old HTPC with a couple years ago for cheap and I didn't find the need to buy a new one. I don't need much storage on this PC because I got my main workstation with 9TB of storage it can access over my network. This drive still boots windows quick and I had no issues with it.
It JUST fits in my TV stand, I mean I can cram a few sheets of paper on top of the case to the shelf above it. Air flow plan on this is in through the front and out the back. Should not have any temperature issues especially since it's a really low powered system. Cable management was a nightmare in this case with no place to tuck cables and a non modular PSU. I did what I could to manage cables but at least I won't have to worry about them blocking airflow. My largest gripe is when I got it the case badge was MISSING and all it had in its place was an ugly glob of glue. The case badge was not even in the packaging it came shipped in. I knocked some stars off for lack of quality control.
Max system power draw is ~100w so this PSU is complete overkill. I was forced to replace the PSU in my old HTPC last year when the fan died in the old one. As this PSU is not that old I decided to use it in this PC and not buy another. This was super cheap after mail in rebate and does the job fine.
I used this fan in my Ryzen Stealth build and I was really happy with its performance and looks, not to mention decently priced for what you get. Nice and silent which is important for an HTPC. Too bad I cheaped out on the CPU cooler and went with stock as that is the loudest fan in the PC.
Best couch keyboard ever. Doesn't feel cheap and the range is far more than I need. I mean I can co out on my back porch and it still works at that range. The extra left click button on the top left is nice so I can basically hold it like a game controller with my right thumb on the touchpad and left thumb on the left click. I had that keyboard for over a year now and it is still rocking the original pair of AA batteries it came shipped with.