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HTPC/Gaming Rig

Jun 28, 2008
1,107 (0.32/day)
Greenville, NC
System Name Champ's 1440P Rig
Processor Intel i7-4770K @ 4.6 GHz
Motherboard AsRock Z97 Extreme6
Cooling Corsair H60
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1600 Mhz 4x4 Blue Ram
Video Card(s) Nvidia 1080 FE
Storage Samsung 840 Evo 256 GB/RAID 0 Western Digital Blue 1 TB HDDs
Display(s) Acer XG270HU
Case Antec P100
Power Supply Corsair CX850M
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard TT eSports Poseidon
Software Windows 10
So I'm on the market to build a media/gaming machine. The last time I built a personal PC, I was struggling and pieced something together. I'm doing a lot better now I have cash to spend. My last machine had the AMD 5000+ BE and a MSI 4850. Anything new would be an improvement. I'm really big into home theater and that's where my money goes now a day. The two things I know is the case I want and I'm doing micro atx. This case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112303 I'm gaming at 1080P and I want the most immaculate perform there there is. I'm looking at top flight cards, but i'm reading that's a waste. $500+ cards and such. Some games in Metro LL still don't run that great on with top cards at 1080P. I'm also an avid overclocker. So i don't know if I should go the logical route and get an intel processor or try one of these AMDs. Don't know if I should use a mid piont card thats like equal to earlier generation top end cards or get a 290x or 780 (original thought). And I still don't understand the clocking of memory and what it means when you read board specs and the have OC and the hz rating beside them. I'm definitely gonna be using this to store and watch my blu rays. I guess I need a few TBs for that and a couple of SSDs for gaming. I essentially need advice on a complete high perform media machine build and advice on the OCing of memory. Oh I have a $1500. Oh and power supplies. I'm seen some high end rigs with Ocing on like 750 or 800 PSU. I had a 700 watter from thermaltake and it burned out not being able to handle the CPU and GPU of my last rig being OCed. I was thinking i'd need a 1000-1200 watts PSU, but looks like I could use a fairly small one now a day.
Jan 17, 2010
10,026 (3.47/day)
System Name Delta // Alpha-HTPC
Processor Intel i7 6700K // Intel i5 4570
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming K7 // Gigabyte H97M -D3H
Cooling Corsair H80i V2 // Silverstone NT-06 Pro
Memory Corsair DDR4 3000 32gb //G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX980ti// EVGA GTX 1050ti
Storage Samsung 950 Pro 512, 2 Tb FireCuda// Samsung 850 Pro, 1 X 4 Tb HGST, 1 x 6Tb Toshiba
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" 1440X 2560 // 50" Samsung Plasma 720p
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D // Silverstone Granada GD05
Audio Device(s) ASUS Xonar DGX // HDMI to Yamaha RX V571
Power Supply Corsair TX850M // SeaSonic G Series 550w
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software Windows 10 64bit // Windows 7 64bit with Kodi
Just a couple of thing to think about.
An HTPC rig that is a high end gamer and overclocked is a conflict. Unless its water cooled when your watching blue ray its going to be loud.
New high end $500 cards are fine. For gaming its better to have a more powerful card and use less then a under powered card that will be screaming.
Any of the new high end card will run fine with a Corsair RM 650 PSU. The a silent version and the fan stops when it not needed.Keep in mind AMD CPUs use more power
I use the Silverstone Granada GD05 case. Its almost the same case for $70 less. And its built like a tank