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I can watch Netflix better now!

by jk184

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33 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 1, 2016

Date Built

March 28, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.8GHz

Description

A simple HTPC build and also my first ITX. Some of these parts I had laying around but most were purchased new for this build. The Athlon X4 845 works well sitting at 65W. The Zalman cooler is too short though and ends up recycling hot air around the case. Which itself comes with no fans. To the inside of the case, I zip tied a 120mm fan which, I think, came off of an H100i. Now everything runs nice and cool. The Zalman cooler definitely needs a case with good air flow.

Initially, I was worried about cable management, but the Silverstone power supply comes only with the necessities. So it wasn't really an issues. I could actually have fit more in here.

The R7 250 is a great graphics card when the one you actually want to use hasn't arrived yet. It will be replaced with a GTX 960 in a few days. The lack of air flow in the case might be a problem for the 960.

The only real issue during this build was the X4 845 not working with the MSI motherboard without a BIOS update. It took me a lot longer than it should have to figure it out. About the processor: it actually scores higher benchmarks than my A10-7850K even though it has lower clock speeds. All while running much cooler. It's still not a powerhouse but I'm pretty happy with its performance so far.

This machine sits comfortably on a shelf under the TV where my Blu-Ray player used to live. After years of faithful service, I can't bring myself to throw it in the closet. I'll say goodbye, just not yet.

Edit: I threw a GTX 960 in there today. At load it runs around 80*C. Which is fine right now but may not be in the summer. So I've got some 120mmx12mm Scythe fans on order. I'm happy with this GPUs performance otherwise. I have another machine I built for gaming but if this was my only computer, I would be completely ok with that.

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FACUNDO 13 Builds 12 points 26 months ago

+1 for x4 845!

tylerdami 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

YES! Its a good CPU!

Barney_Sample_Text 5 points 26 months ago

Better Netflix and Chill ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Ayy Lmao

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Let's hope so!

Barney_Sample_Text 2 points 26 months ago

I wish you luck -Tips fedora-

Ayy Lmao

qom 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

The glass shelf looks like it's bending O.O

Very cool, I like the case. Looks just like a Blu-Ray players big brother!

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I looked at the picture. Then immediately went to make sure the glass was still good. It is.

bananacue 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

way too much streaming Netflix. Install Kodi media center and you will be a happy camper. +1

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I'll do that. Thanks!

ZygoteConrad 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I was just researching Kodi yesterday. Is it a safe virus free application? What add-ons do you use/recommend?

bananacue 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

very safe application and very popular now. just so much you can do about kodi. some many addons that you can install.. just about what you need. I prefer Phoenix and Vidtime addons but they are third party addons. here is the link: tvaddons.ag

ZygoteConrad 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Sweet, thanks. I think I will give it a try. And yeah, that was what my research had shown - that Phoenix and Vidtime were really the two main addons you would need to stream most things. Thanks for the info.

bananacue 2 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

if you need help configuring and advice.. surf at their main forum @kodi.tv

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Hey, thanks Bananacue! This is perfect! And it is nice to see someone offer advice other than "you should have got an Intel Processor"

bobdude_01 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

That is a great streaming/couch gaming pc! +1

A5PECT 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Nice work on the cables. I know how hard it is to wrangle them inside an HTPC case.

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

The Silverstone power supply having exactly the cables I needed helped a lot.

tylerdami 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Any build with an X4 845 is a build I like haha. Nice job!

flamefoxbob 1 point 23 months ago

How did you get the SSDs for free or are they no longer available?

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I'm sure I paid for them at some point. I think the were from an older build so I didn't include the prices on this one. Their prices here are listed at around $40 for the Adata and $70 for the PNY.

SFX_MODz 8 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

You have my upvote! I'm loving the build! Although I think the ML08 is just a tad big for under the TV but that's just my opinion. I'm working on something similar in a node 202! Good work!

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I'll not disagree with you on it being a little big. If you know a case that is smaller and won't force me to rely on integrated graphics, I'm all ears. I'm never opposed to a new build or shuffling my hardware around.

Maddxav 1 point 20 months ago

Hi, I want to build a similar PC to the one you did, and I only have one noob question. How did you fix the CPU issue? Where you able to get to the bios without the update for flashing it?

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

No. I couldn't get into the bios with the X4 845 installed. I had to use an A10-7850k and update the bios with that processor.

If you can wait for the new AM4 processors and motherboards to to come out, I would. You could also do an X4 860k depending on the amount of space you have for cooling. You shouldn't have any issues with the bios. And there are always the Intel dual core processors as an option.

shmattymcfatty 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

late to the comments but ill be doing a build with the same motherboard and cpu if i run into the same trouble with bios update witch one should I be downloading?

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I don't know which BIOS version adds compatibility for the 845. I'd just get the newest version available. The issue with updating the BIOS is you need a supported CPU to do it. If you need to update the bios for the X4 845 to work, you need a second(supported) processor to update the bios on this motherboard.

shmattymcfatty 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Ahh ok thank you for the info I tried looking around on the interwebs but could find much on the compatibility. Ill cross my fingers and hope it works since I don't have another fm2 chip on hand :( if not it back to looking for a chip that works.

ePoCTwistt 3 Builds -4 points 26 months ago

+1 check out my build

jk184 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I saw it when you first posted it. Have you got a second 960 in there yet?

ePoCTwistt 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

No probably not till Christmas agian but do have the hdd and strafe and m65 rgb I'm getting stuff slowly but shurly

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

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