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I put it together before receiving the RX480 and the CPU ran a tad warm in the high 60s. With the GPU now in cooling is not an issue on the cpu, it never seems to do enough work to get over the 50 mark even with all of Civ5's inefficiencies. Airflow in the gpu compartment is less than ideal. I went with a reference blower style card because of case config and reading around, not sure how much of a difference it has made though. May sell my 480 when the 1060 comes out.

Overall cable management was easier than people had said it would be, and the overall difficulty putting it together was playing civ5 on prince.

A Few benchmarks if people are interested: http://imgur.com/a/8IQtP

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  • 47 months ago
  • 5 points

Another console peasant turned PC master race. 1+ I never thought about building in a htpc. Though, you could have gotten a cheaper motherboard and gotten a more expensive CPU. I would like to see more pictures of the outside. The i3 wont bottleneck so thats ok. This build should survie the next 2 1/2 years on about 50-60 fps and the years after on 30-20 (With lower settings you can always buff it up.) Overall great build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

My last build was with the release of WoW and after a couple years of that it's been all console. It's great to be back!

  • 47 months ago
  • 5 points

Come to the dark (expensive) side. We have cookies and 60fps!

Great build, could you upload some benchmark results?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Been away on holidays here is the benchmarks let me know if there is any others you want! http://imgur.com/a/8IQtP

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Need a pic of the gpu/compartment

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll always wonder why no one uses the 6320

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

not big enough gains for the extra $55? Or at that point might as well get the i5-6400.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, this should kill the Xbox One. Congratulations on entering the master race.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

High 60's isn't really that bad for this setup. If you can fit another case fan in or increase case fan rpms in bios or software that'll help heaps.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Increased the rpms and it still runs quieter than my wine fridges and doesn't hit above 60 now.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice one wineman:)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the plants!

And I guess nice build also... :-P

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point
Sexy HTPC. Like the "Classic" color scheme.

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Really cool build! Hope you enjoy that PCMR goodness. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build, only problems I can think of:

  • I would have gone with an i5 skylake because the i3 will bottleneck your Rx 480.

  • I would have gone with a different case because you could get a more powerful ATX psu for less with something like the Corsair Obsidian

Should easily kill xbox either way.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Not much choice with the case needed the HTPC size. And there hasn't been too much issue yet with the i3. Will probably save my pennies and get an i5 or i7 next year at some point.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I am a bit new to the PC building community, and in the time that I made my original comment and now, I have learned much more about bottlenecking.

Yes, it will bottleneck a little, but it doesn't truly bottleneck, anyhow, the lower ability cpu will effect minimum fps more than max fps, and it should work really just fine, especially for non-cpu intensive games, I doubt you will see much decrease.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That confirms the research that I did as well. I will eventually be dropping in a better cpu for more coding application, but that is probably a year or more down the road.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got basically the same case but with an overclocked half length EVGA GTX 960. So only one fan. I had some issues with cooling at first. A few things that helped were setting up a custom fan profile. I set mine as high as I could until it became audible. That seemed to help keep overall temps down a bit. I also stood my case vertically so the graphics card was on top which allowed better airflow for the GPU. That whole case gets warm to the touch when you are really using it so any airflow around the case seems to help. I realize you have a blower style cooler and I do not. So none of this may help. Just thought I'd chime in. Nice build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Vertical made a huge difference for me also, along with that and the new fan profile temps came down almost 18 degrees!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I'm glad that worked out for you.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! Did you upgrade to the 1060 after all? :D

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No one has bought my XBone yet and I'm kind of happy about it to be honest!

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