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post #1 of 7
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I stumbled across this rig on facebook, and it definitely jumped out at me. What really appeals to me about it, is that it is a HTPC that is purely fabricated as a high end gaming rig. As someone who has been living room gaming for some time now, I am really interested in the aesthetic of the chassis itself, as well as the color scheme on the build.
Needless to say, this rig definitely puts my current setup to shame.
I'm thinking it might be time for an upgrade...

What do you think?

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website: https://www.steigerdynamics.com/
post #2 of 7
Wow, those look quite nice. However, if you're confident in your PC building skill, you could build something not unlike these, and probably for a whole lot less ($1800 for an i5, no dGPU, and nothing but a small Kingston SSD for storage sounds just a bit steep to me, even taking into account the price of good HTPC cases). Note that you'll have to be careful about which components you select, and you might have to do some case modding, as is often the case with SFF builds.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 3 120gb (Linux) OCZ Agility 3 120gb (Windows) WD Caviar Black 2tb Hitachi 500gb 
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Sony Optiarc LightScribe LaCie external BluRay writer Antec Kühler H2O 920 + Corsair SP120 P/P Arch Linux + radeonsi + E20 
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Windows 10 Pro (Insider release) ASUS VS238H-V @ 70hz Corsair K90 Corsair TX750 V2 
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Intel i7 4980HQ @ 2.8/4.0GHz Intel Iris Pro 5200 AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2x8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz 
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They want $800 for that case alone. Uh...no. It's nice and all but look at the options you have to buy separate to do your own thing and have it fit. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea. I like SFF and the challenges they present but this is geared towards people with more money than time/talent.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input! Definitely know what you guys mean when you say its a bit steep on the price. However, that is the thing - 1) I'm not very confident in my PC building skills (I've only assembled a couple basic systems in the past); 2) I don't really have the time to build my own PC to the standard that I would like, and considering this, am willing to pay more of a premium for the convenience.
Also, what I really like about this system is that it is liquid cooled (something I have considered in the past, but have no experience actually doing myself) which will make the system itself inaudible while watching films, etc. Also, it is already optimized for 4K playback. My next purchase will be a 4K TV. Got the opportunity to check one out this summer, and needless to say, I was very impressed. I am definitely looking to get one, and my understanding is that a computer will need a pretty serious system in order to do 4K. As such, I'm looking for a system that will last a while, and something that will be able to continue to meet my expectations as new technology continues to roll out.
Considering these points, what do you guys think?
post #5 of 7
I think you are overestimating the complexity of it. If you have built in the past, you can build now. Furthermore you are on these forums and have a slew of people that will be more than willing to add their expertise in various places along the way. I understand that you probably don't want to case mod. That takes tools and finess for sure, something not all of us have. Picking parts that will fit and perform though is going to be easy if you ask questions, especially in the correct sub section on the forums. The SFF guys have the cases and parts down pact. Watercooling is a slight risk, but only slight. I did my first custom loop 6 months ago purely off info I leached from the forums. I wouldn't rob yourself of the experience by paying someone else to do it for you.
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Hahaha! Busted! Should be reported for a mod delete IMO.
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