I sold my 27" iMac to finance this gaming and HTPC build. Got a MacBook and just wasn't using the desktop as much. Started this when I was excited for the upcoming release of Arkham Knight... And I was getting tired of the Blu-Ray player's buggy app interface. This computer is plugged into a projector.
This is my first build since middle school, when PCPartPicker didn't exist and you couldn't click in BIOS.
Don't have an interest in overclocking so I went for the i5-4960 non-K. This was one of the first things I chose, as the Logical Increments guide recommends it.
This was the last thing I bought because the stock cooler was loud and whined in an obnoxious way. Just installed it but it's already nearly silent compared to its predecessor.
Went back and forth on a few because I don't know what I'm doing and really just needed an Optical Audio out for my home theater setup. Ended up really loving the ASUS. Great UEFI, nice utilities, awesome documentation. And the full ATI form factor is good for expansion and just keeping things spaced out.
I bought some Corsair Vengeance on sale but I couldn't stand the thought of the bright red in my monochrome and gold interior. So I got these.
Sprung for the 4 TB because it's nice to not worry about space and I read that they were more reliable. SSD was pretty much as big as I could afford.
As soon as I did a bit of research it became clear that the GTX 970 was the way to go. A redditor turned me on to the smaller version of the card. I was a little worried about noise but it's not loud at all.
I considered going for a less expensive Silverstone but I just loved the look of the Node 605. It's really well-made and quite luxurious-looking. Cable management features were non-existent but I gather that's the standard for smaller cases. It was fun to cram everything in, anyway. Really glad I didn't go for a mini-ATX form factor.
Wanted the ASUS utility to be able to control the fans, so I grabbed a couple of Cooler Master Blade Master 120s for the four-pin PWM.
Didn't give a ton of thought to this one other than that it needed to be relatively quiet.
Had a copy of Windows 7 that I installed and upgraded to 10. Had a 360 controller and a remote adapter.
Haven't grabbed benchmarks yet (will update) but it's nearly silent on idle and while watching movies and TV, which is the important part. It gets a little loud when gaming, which is disappointing, but nothing to do at this point. The projector is usually louder, anyway.
Super fast to boot -- under 10 seconds -- and Windows 10 is very speedy. Still working on integrating Netflix in the smoothest way possible -- right now it still takes a click with my remote's air mouse. But Steam Big Picture works great and starts up with the big button on the 360 controller.
Curious what others have done with software for their HTPC/gaming rigs. I gathered Kodi was the standard but it seemed to have spotty Netflix integration (which seems to be the fault of Netflix).
This thing is LOUD. It certainly has the power, but I'm guessing the small size means that single fan has to really blast. Probably okay for desktop PCs, but for my HTPC I'm going to sell this and get an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC GAMING.