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Living Room HTPC

by jliang14


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CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz


Originally I had a 5800K in there, a 95W part but it was too hot and constantly hitting the thermal limit and throttling itself. I then downgraded to the 5700 APU with no problems. Performance is just fine, and can play most modern games at 720p with respectable framerates.

Very quiet and capable HTPC.

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jliang14 submitter 3 Builds 6 points 66 months ago

Actually the PSU I have is not listed. It is an Apex 250W SFX pulled from a previous case that I tossed (Apex MI-008) but yeah, it's crap. I just use it because it's there. Will invest in a real PSU soon.

JoseyMG 1 Build 4 points 66 months ago

that psu.. oh dear lord pray to the pc gods your pc doesnt catch on fire

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 3 points 66 months ago

That is the worst efficiency i have ever seen on a psu. Woud've gotten something like this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss300sfd

More expensive, but much safer. Nice little build otherwise!

inphu510n 1 point 66 months ago

Thanks for posting this build. I've been curious about this particular case because of it's shape. It seems easy enough to provide decent cooling for most of the main components but I'm wondering if you can provide insight into how cramped it is between the PCIE slot and the PSU. I'd like to put one of the Sapphire low profile 7750 GPUs in there but I'm a bit afraid it won't get enough airflow being crammed against the side of the PSU like that.

jliang14 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

The width of the card (single slot) shouldn't be the issue. As you say, it really is the problem of cooling. However, if you find a card where the fan is lined up directly with the gap between the PSU and the HDD cage (where I stuffed the cables) it might do okay. Instead, just stuff those extra PSU cables into the empty space in the hard drive cage (assuming you don't fill all 4 slots).

I am planning to purchase this card if there are games the APU can't handle alone. http://amzn.com/B00AHV7NNE See how the fan lines up with the "gap"? Also, make sure any card you choose isn't too long. Another thought I had was drilling tiny ventilation holes into the PSU cage.

inphu510n 1 point 66 months ago

Thanks for the response, it's definitely helpful.

It took me a minute to understand what you meant by the gap between PSU and HDD cage but I understand now. I hadn't thought about the length of the card either but looking at the Saphire 7750 it seems short enough to fit.

I'd thought about doing a similar thing with the PSU however in thinking about it further you might actually do more harm than good. PSU fans typically pull air from inside the case and force it out of the back of the case. If there are extra holes in the side of the PSU then it will be pushing air at the GPU. It would be essentially recycling and possibly heating the air. In such a cramped space any airflow may be better than none. I wonder if a water cooled GPU cooler would be possible? I'm quite handy with a Dremel. ;)

bioncleboy 1 point 65 months ago

Just curious, what do you think of the fans?

Karl0508 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Odd question

What was wiring HDD's up like? thinking about this case as nas with 4 2.5" WD red