Build Date : 02JAN2017
Build Name : Thunderbolt
The HTPC has an AMD A10 APU. "Thunderbolt" is a variation of the A-10 air frame used by the USAF, another variation being "Warthog" in which my friend's identical system is named after.
For the sake of following my template that I use for my builds, the request came from myself. Some of the people that know me on this site know that I just recently moved from Germany to the USA. In the process of that, I shipped some items that I would like to have sooner than the 90 days it would take to receive the bulk of my house hold items; one of those items being a computer that I was using as an HTPC. Once the USPS got a hold of the box, it looked like they played soccer with it, or maybe it fell out of the delivery truck... Multiple times... Anyways, I had insurance on the box and since I was planning on rebuilding the computer anyways, I took all the components out and verified everything worked and took the broken box and case to USPS. They reimbursed me $50 and I set off to Amazon and bought a proper HTPC case.
This computer was built almost exactly 4 years ago and at the time, I was looking for a cheap quad core that I could use to do h.264 encoding through a capture card from my main computer. The computer was great for that purpose, but once I upgraded my gaming rig to an i7, I was able to do the encoding on it and this computer became an HTPC/storage device.
Stock fan cooler. It originally had a Cooler Master 92mm cooler on it (can't remember the model), but once I stopped using it for encoding, I took that cooler off and put it into a refurbish/upgrade that I did for a friend.
The motherboard was bundled with the APU at the time and had everything that I needed for the intended use.
It was originally a set of 2x2GB Crucial Ballistix, but sometime in the past 4 years, a stick of 8GB Ripjaw found it's way inside.. But honestly, I don't remember doing that.. Thanks RAM Fairy!
I got the green drive since I didn't need a 7200RPM drive and there was a deal that made it significantly cheaper than the WD Blue or the Cuda' drives.
Integrated APU.. Good enough to power my TV and play very simple games, but once again, the computer's original purpose didn't require graphics at all, in fact, it wasn't even hooked up to a monitor for several years.
Ok finally something new to talk about. After the Rosewill case (RIP) got beat to death by the hammer wielding midget army that works for the USPS, I wanted a proper HTPC case and after a quick browse around and a measurement of my current TV stand, the Silverstone ML03B was perfect. It looks great and has a fantastic layout. I am very pleased with this case and I can say that it is my favorite mATX HTPC case that I have worked with. My next HTPC build will most certainly be in mITX format using this same line of cases. Absolutely Excellent.
It's not great, but it doesn't suck. I got it for $9.99 after a $20 MIR. Yes you read that correctly.
Don't ship computers overseas with the USPS..
I spent some time cleaning everything and remounted the heat sink with new paste and got everything installed, reformatted and looking neat. I've gotta say that I am really happy with the outcome and also that all the components still worked after being used as a pinata at some USPS worker's birthday party.
I am still in the process of moving and organizing stuff in my new house, so the photos of the build aren't up to par with my other builds but I was itching to do a build after being away from it for a couple of months. In the next few months, I will have my personal computer business back up and running and I will start uploading builds again.
As always, if you have any questions at all about the build, please ask in the comments below or send me a private message.
Thanks for reading!