Description

This is a build meant to live in the living room as an HTPC for 4K playback/streaming (Netflix, YouTube TV, etc). The goal of the build was to make a system that was unobtrusive and quiet, that still offered performance, enthusiast features, and plenty of storage. It's difficult to achieve a unique look within the constraints of the Chopin chassis, but I believe the parts here form a clean interior to go along with impressive performance for an HTPC.

System Specs:

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G (4C/8T) CPU w/ Radeon Vega 11 iGPU

ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming Motherboard

16GB of G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 (CL16)

480GB Crucial BX500 SATA SSD (Win 10 Pro)

2TB Seagate Barracuda 2.5" 5400RPM HDD

In Win Chopin ITX Case w/ 150W PSU

Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black CPU cooler

Display:

65-inch LG C9 OLED TV

Audio:

Series II Bose 901 Loudspeakers

Hafler DH-500 (250W x 2ch) Power Amplifier

Part Reviews

CPU

Exceptional CPU for HTPC duties. Four Zen+ cores with SMT alongside 11 CUs of Vega iGPU provide seemless performance for video streaming and 4K HDR playback. For these tasks, it performs just as well as the Ryzen 9 3900X in my desktop.

CPU Cooler

Good looking, well built CPU cooler for mini-ITX cases. Changing over to the AM4 brackets was simple, and cooling for the 3400G is similar to the stock Wraith Stealth, while being quieter and much more compact. Zero thermal headroom for overclocking, but a more than fair trade for the size.

Motherboard

Great little board, robust build quality and more device support and features than necessary for this build. The familiar ASUS ROG UEFI made setup a breeze, the isolated onboard audio sounds good, and I'd say it looks pretty sharp for an ITX board. Came with BIOS Version 2501 installed, but booted with the 3400G despite not officially supporting it.

Memory

Took a BIOS update to run at XMP settings, and still will occasionally fail to boot, but a decent performing kit for the price. Apparently features Samsung B-Die ICs, but the issues running XMP alone mean I wouldn't try to overclock this kit at all.

Case

Great looking chassis, very small footprint, and adequate space for storage. The fan in the integrated 150W PSU is quiet, and the airflow for the CPU cooler is sufficient. Some cable management space would be appreciated, but given the form factor and purpose this is a small issue.

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd give this three thumbs up but I only have two hands...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the power supply? I am worried about the 150w is not enough for 3400g and 3200 rams

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been perfectly stable in my testing/usage so far, including stress tests. I am a bit concerned about long term durability due to the high utilization, but so far so good.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

ah great build! been thinking about building my parents an HTPC to replace their struggling amazon fire boxes. thanks for the inspiration!

  • 2 months ago
  • -2 points

Wow if you indeed paid that price, consider asking ppl on Reddit first. I can have the same thing with a good entry lvl GPU For LESS than your whole build. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/2mmyV7 Cpu is better 6c/12 Mobo is cheaper, GPU included, OS is cheap don't know why you have it at full price I paid 15$ for my pro key. Overall, to be frank, you wasted cash imo. Would like to hear why if you think your build is better 😉

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

It's better because it's MiniITX. You pay a premium because of it, as opposed to MicroAtx, which is the cheapest of the three. The processor is clocked at 0.3 GHz higher, has integrated graphics, and is 3rd gen. The RAM is 3200 as opposed to 3000, the SSD is 480 gb instead of 120, and the real kicker was the key. If it wasn't included the cost would be like $470, which in my opinion is a steal of a deal for a MiniITX build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I certainly didn't play the price listed, I was simply populating the parts list. Actual price was ~$520.

With that being said, performance for price wasn't really a goal here. This machine's duties are strictly video streaming and playback, it has more than enough performance for that purpose. It's sleek and small, about the size of a large book, and its fans are silent, quieter than my Hafler 500 amp.

Really none of my builds are purely about performance per dollar. Hell, the water cooling in my desktop cost more than this entire PC. Different builders have different priorities, it's something that makes our hobby so enjoyable.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

none of your comments are coherent nor do they make sense. Please research more and actually build more before you choose to copy paste your part list on peoples builds with your wrong opinion. No one really wants to work hard for the builds they post on here, build it and take the time to post it then have someone such as your self copy paste bs like this and try to start an argument based on your wrong choices and views. Please keep this type of behavior off of pcp and where it belongs on that console your stuck on.

[comment deleted]