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post #31 of 178
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Okay so I got a ton of stuff accomplished this weekend.

The computer is going to be down for awhile and the laptop that I was using as an HTPC was being held together by zip ties (literally) so I figured I needed to go ahead and invest in an HTPC. I had the ram and PSU laying around for it so it was an easy decision. Originally I was going to build a case for this but while at MicroCenter they had the Fractal Node 605 mispriced (nobody had noticed yet) at $100 and this case is $149 at Newegg so I snatched that up as well as a AMD A6 6400k and ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ Motherboard. Microcenter had a good deal on those as well, so picked everything up for a grand total of $200, not too bad for a full build.

This computer will probably end up having its own build thread at some point down the road, but for now I just needed it to work, and since it was something that I did because of this build I figured I would share. I am thoroughly impressed by the performance of this APU, especially for the price! It streams 1080p content with zero issues over my network. Anyways on with the pics:















This case looks so clean! I love the way it fits in with other home theater components, better pics to come once everything is done!



Sorry for the phone pic, instead of a screen shot. Took it on my way out of the house to work this morning. Pretty impressive for a $100 mobo/cpu combo!

I also did a ton of work on the actual build, but I will update with pics of that a little later on today!

Hope you enjoy,

Matt
post #32 of 178
Nice! Makes me wanna go pick up some APU stuff...
post #33 of 178
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Thanks! This is my first time ever running anything AMD and for what it is im very happy with it!

Sorry I forgot to update last night. I will update here in just a little bit. It's a pretty big update!
post #34 of 178
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Here is the big update of what I got done this weekend.

First thing I wanted to do was get the stand that the computer will be sitting on built so that I have a place to put it when I am done with it. I made this stand out of reclaimed pallet wood. I love the old uneven look and I think it will look really cool with two modern looking computers sitting on them. I have always loved that combo. Also, just wanted to mention that this is my first wood working project like this that I have ever attempted so I'm sure there are things I could have done better! Anyways, on with the pictures.



All of the pallet wood after I had dismantled the pallets



Assembling the frame of the stand



Frame assembled







Planks on the frame and it is time for stain.



Almost done



All finished! I am really happy with the way that this turned out! I absolutely love the color of the stain! Anybody who has ever thought that cabinet makers/refinishers charge way too much to do something needs to do some sort of staining project like this. Staining this thing took FOREVER!



This was my original design that I had drew up for this. It's not too often that something turns out exactly like how I drew it.



And this is how it looks in the room! That is my server sitting on the bottom shelf. It doesn't match the desk at all, but I will be building a desk and TV stand to match the shelf as I have time to do so. I absolutely love how this turned out though!

Okay on with the rest of the build.



Cutting the hole in the back of the case for the rear fan.





Painted and put U-Channel over the hole, my hole saw got really dull so I had to use a Dremel for this hole so it isn't near as clean as it should be, but oh well. It won't be noticeable once it is all done, so I am not too worried about it.





Got in my card reader to match the NZXT Hue, and naturally the first thing I do is rip it apart to paint it!









Painted and finished! It is going to look really nice once it's all in the case!



Putting matte black vinyl over the SSD's



Taking them apart to make things easier.



Woops, haha! Oh well!



Not too bad for my first attempt!





I decided that they would look really cool with some black stripes to follow suit with the black stripe pattern that has kind of emerged! So taped up and ready for paint!



Front panel painted and U-Channel installed over the cuts

That was the last piece I needed done to start putting it back together!



All of the pieces, looks familiar haha. Back to where we started!













I am really happy with how well everything turned out! I am surprised that the cake pan on top looks as good as it does honestly. I really thought it would turn out not looking so good, but I'm pleasantly surprised!



Case is put back together and since I now have a HTPC to keep watching my media I can now take the computer down for sleeving fitting and I can actually take my time with it. And here is the piece of crap case that accelerated this build. Hate this case.





All dismantled



And a little SLI action. I really wish I had better cards to put in there, but this will have to do for now.

I think I am going to paint the bridge green with a single small black stripe. I think that will look cool.

I would really like a backplate for my card so I don't have to see the board, but it seems that nobody makes them for the GTX 460 mad.gif , oh well

Also I am going to be making up a couple stickers to go over the current one but in green lettering. Hopefully that turns out looking nice!

That's what I've got for now! Any questions, comments or criticisms are welcomed!

Thanks for looking!

Matt
post #35 of 178
Looking good, reminds me I need to build a stand for my PC, since my speakers take up all the real estate on my desk. I have it sitting on an old pair of bookshelf speakers at the moment lol.

And in jealous of the SLi 460's, I've always wanted a pair of 460's for some reason, they always had something cool about them to me lol.
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Looking good, reminds me I need to build a stand for my PC, since my speakers take up all the real estate on my desk. I have it sitting on an old pair of bookshelf speakers at the moment lol.

And in jealous of the SLi 460's, I've always wanted a pair of 460's for some reason, they always had something cool about them to me lol.

Haha nice! I am actually going to be getting a small amp or just use an old receiver to run two of my Definitive Technology Pro Cinema 600 series speakers to the computer. I hate the stupid logitech 5.1 speakers. I am going to have to build some sort of stand or something for them to sit on to get them above my monitors. Should look really cool once I get it done!

Yeah, I have heard really good things about the 460's in SLI, but the only thing that I think I will still hate about them is still only having 1gb of vRAM. I guess we will see haha!
post #37 of 178
Ah nice! I love classic two way stereo sound. Don't mean to thread jack but here's what I'm talking about:


Those are 1973 Zenith Allegro 3000's driven through my 1978 Kenwood KR-3090. I use the Kenwood as kind of a breakout box for when I use my headphones, and it's also a bonus because I get to change bass and treble straight from the receiver.

And the best thing about my stereo setup is that it was all free. I got the speakers from my world history teacher, and the receiver was in the garage of a co worker biggrin.gif
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Haha nice! I am actually going to be getting a small amp or just use an old receiver to run two of my Definitive Technology Pro Cinema 600 series speakers to the computer. I hate the stupid logitech 5.1 speakers. I am going to have to build some sort of stand or something for them to sit on to get them above my monitors. Should look really cool once I get it done!

Yeah, I have heard really good things about the 460's in SLI, but the only thing that I think I will still hate about them is still only having 1gb of vRAM. I guess we will see haha!


*OFF TOPIC* What do you plan on doing with your old Logitech 5.1 speakers? I've been looking for a cheap speaker system.
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Ah nice! I love classic two way stereo sound. Don't mean to thread jack but here's what I'm talking about:


Those are 1973 Zenith Allegro 3000's driven through my 1978 Kenwood KR-3090. I use the Kenwood as kind of a breakout box for when I use my headphones, and it's also a bonus because I get to change bass and treble straight from the receiver.

And the best thing about my stereo setup is that it was all free. I got the speakers from my world history teacher, and the receiver was in the garage of a co worker biggrin.gif

I am stricken with envy.. Doesn't get much better than a '78 Kenwood 3090 going to a pair of vintage monitors.
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