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  1. Sarge_T

    Sarge_T Well-Known Member

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    I've always wanted to make a HTPC, as it gets tiring to always move my laptop to the TV whenever I want PC stuff on the big screen, but also because it's much more capable than a laptop, so I can use it for anything gaming/graphics heavy related.
    So after many years of "collecting" parts and waiting for the right moment, I finally decided to make my build and get the last part I needed (at least enough to make a functional computer).
    Now, I have some "special" plans for the build, as I want to make my first custom sleeving - I got some extra cables supplied for my AX760i from Greybeard to use for sleeving, he's been a great help in the past!
    Also, I have to thank BitFenix for the build, as they "kind of" supplied the case (had already ordered the case I wanted when I found out they'd 'give' me one, so I just chose another case to get). :)

    Some may already have seen the specs in my signature, but I'll list them here anyway; after all, it is a log :D
    The case I went with is the BitFenix Prodigy; it's not too small nor not too big for me, has room for a lot of cooling and looks great. Chose it in Black, as I like it simplistic, and a white exterior probably wouldn't fit in as good.

    The motherboard of choice is the highly packed ASUS Maximus VII Impact - I have literally been waiting for almost a year for ASUS to release it (as I didn't want the Z87 version), and it just looks amazing! I've had no issues with it so far, so you can say I'm quite satisfied with my purchase.
    Since the PC is mainly 'secondary' and meant to be used in the living room, I decided the 4690K will be fine for the job - no need for a i7 there.

    Since I'm a big fan of Corsair products, it's obvious that my build would feature more than 1 of them; apart from the Corsair AX760i (sidenote: it barely fits in the Prodigy, I had use force to get it screwed in properly), the build will use a set of 16GB Dominator Platinum 1866MHz CL9, which I've had lying around for a year or so by now - they look great and perform great!

    Ever since I got my first SSDs I've just loved the responsiveness and speed of my system, so this build would definitely not be without; a pair of Samsung 840 EVO 250GB's does the trick. And for storage I have a pair of 3TB WD REDs, however those are just temporary until I can get a NAS I can put them in (I'm not a fan of local storage).

    As I plan to be able to use my HTPC for gaming, I've naturally gotten a X360 controller (since it works best with Windows, my DS3 and DS4 are a bit 'tricky') to go with the build. And as I don't expect only to be playing casual stuff using the Intel GPU, I'm going to put the reasonably priced GTX970 in it:D (In the flavor of EVGA 970 FTW - which seems impossible to get at the moment) - in fact, my HTPC is most likely going to outperform my full-sized ATX PC (until I upgrade it again of course)!

    Last but not least; I need some proper cooling - only reason why I use the stock cooler is simply because I haven't decided what cooling solution to go with! Now, this is where I'd like some suggestions, as I might not be able to cover all options myself.
    I'd really like to make my first custom water loop, but I can't afford it to cost much more than around $200+, so if anyone knows what I can get for that kind of money, that will also fit in the Prodigy, then I'd be pleased to hear about it! The second choice is of course a closed loop AIO cooler - any suggestions here are also welcome :)
    For the case fans, I think I'll be getting some BitFenix Spectre Pro to match the case - however I'm not sure what colour to get, LED or none, or if it should be PWM or standard; i.e. plain white, white with white LEDs, plain black or translucent with white LEDs... not sure what would look best :rolleyes:

    I have yet to decide what theme I'll be going with the custom sleeving, I guess a 3 color scheme would look best? If anyone has any experience with this, any help would be greatly appreciated.


    I realize I've written too much perhaps - but I just can't help it:p
    Few pics coming in next posts.
     
  2. Sarge_T

    Sarge_T Well-Known Member

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  3. dJabba

    dJabba eTeknix Staff Forum Mod

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    That's a darn nice HTPC you're building yourself there
     
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    Keeping an eye on this one :D
     
  5. Sarge_T

    Sarge_T Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Bohs, it's going to be expensive too kinda:p

    Just ordered the EVGA 970 FTW; though at a bit higher price than I wanted - it doesn't seem like Amazon is going to have it anytime soon, so I got it off Tigerdirect for $387 (whereas it would have been $369.99/$379.99 from Amazon) instead, and with it being in stock too, so I should have it in 2 weeks :) Still ~£72/€91 cheaper than buying it here in Denmark at least:D

    Now I have some sleeving colour ideas/combinations I played around with, but I'd like some feedback - so I'll make a separate thread with a poll and pictures for that.
     
  6. dJabba

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    Hehe, your HTPC will have the same GPU as my main rig will soon. I'll however go for the Inno3d with pre-applied full cover water cooling from Caseking .. and probably double it to two of them :D
     
  7. Sarge_T

    Sarge_T Well-Known Member

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    Sounds expensive :D
    Cancel that - Apparently even after calling TigerDirect, since they put my order was on hold and said "Please call", they couldn't process it, because they don't accept "credit" cards from Denmark for some reason (despite they do state they accept international cards, just not Denmark I guess).... I was told it might have been accepted if I had used Paypal (since the payment goes through there then), but that I would have to make a new order to do that; and of course the 970 FTW is out of stock now, only after a day... life sucks I know:rolleyes:

    Back to the amazing waiting game!
     
  8. Sarge_T

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    And the day after they had it on stock through Amazon, apparently no problem if ordered through there - good to know at least lol.
    [​IMG]
    Now just to figure out the CPU cooling and sleeving!
     
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    Sarge_T Well-Known Member

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    Beast GPU arrived, it's a stunner:
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    And the final shot how it looks crammed into the Prodigy! (took quite some time to get it in, as I wanted to remove the +2 pin on the 6+2 PCIe connectors and one of the ATX pins broke off, spent hours trying to get it out, molesting the connector badly lol):
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. Terd

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    Very...VERY... nice HTPC! :D
     
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    Love the case choice!
     
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    Very nice build Sarge_T :D
     
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    Thats very nice :O bet its got a very big price tag.
     
  14. Sarge_T

    Sarge_T Well-Known Member

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    Thanks folks :)

    Not really I'd say, here's the parts (with the specific prices I paid at the time of purchase): https://pcpartpicker.com/b/pHqkcf
    That's with everything accounted (minus the monitor of course) - I don't think it's expensive :D My main desktop PC cost almost $1000 more (including monitor) lol.
     
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    nice! very compact!
     
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    Sarge_T Well-Known Member

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    And Captain 240 installed ! - late PM picture, so hard to get any natural lightning...
    Temps are good, I think... to be honest I have no idea what thermals are to expect when overclocking.. or what is normally used for benching Haswell/Haswell refresh, as I haven't been doing overclocking since I had my 3570K, haven't felt like it was necessary :p
    Without further ado;
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    Now I'm just waiting for the BitFenix Spectre Pro fans :D I wanted to do a push/pull configuration on the rad, but it doesn't seem it's possible, as the front fan is obstructing the tubing... and the tubing isn't quite flexible, to put it mildly :p Would need a slim 200/230mm fan to do push/pull, but I'm not aware of any high quality fans like that.
     
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  17. Ganji

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    Very nice build there Sarge,

    To give you something to go by I'm running a 4770k at 4.5GHz, 1.24v with a H100i push/pull and get a max temp of around 72c in 2d benchmarks and around 55-62c during Battlefield 4. Games like Arma 3 I don't see temps higher than 52c.

    You'll be fine adding a second set of fans for push/pull as the tubes are pretty flexible. I used to have a H100 and H50 which had the same tubes and they were flexible/strong enough to be mounted anywhere.
     
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    I do like the Prodigy case.
    Also is the sound card for that motherboard 5.1 ? as I only see 3 audio sockets (line in/out and mic or is it front back and Sub)
     
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    I'll bookmark this one. When I build I need living room functionality but lots of punch so right up my street
     
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    Just drooling in a corner
     

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