Hello PCPartPicker! I built this HTPC to avoid the woes of the outdated operating system on my Panasonic Viera Plasma TV.
I originally envisioned using an AMD APU chipset for this build but found a great deal on the G3258. I had the memory laying around from an upgrade to my desktop that never got underway. The SSD I pillaged from my dated IBM T60b laptop and the hard drive was in my desktop not being used. All else was purchased for this build.
The G3258 is as great processor for the money. I was able to overclock the chip to 3.8 GHz with ease. I may eventually look for a low profile aftermarket heatsink and push the CPU even more.
The Gigabyte motherboard worked out of the box with no fuss. The UEFI BIOS is slick. This is my first build with UEFI to date so the use of a mouse in a BIOS environment was new. There were no compatibility issues and all devices were recognized automatically. It was easy to navigate to find the CPU multiplier and bump it up. Motherboard driver install was a cinch as well. Another pro was that audio via HDMI was automatically configured.
The Kingston SSD makes for quick boot times. The machine will boot into Windows within 5 seconds of power on. The HDD is there to house games.
The Silverstone ML03B case is nice for the money. Being my first Mini-ATX build it took a little getting used to not having any room to work. (my desktop is a lian li full tower... =/ ) The case came with a great amount of screws, bushings and accessories. The bushing were nice to attach a vibratory HDD. The case is built well but rough around the edges so to speak. The fit of the top cover leaves some to be desired as it takes a bit of "persuasion" to get it to seat.
The Corsair CX430 was easy to work with and worked out of the box. CPU and MOBO headers had extra length than the Antec 350W I had originally installed in the machine. I bumped up to a 430 because I intend to put a low profile GTX 750 Ti in the computer soon.
All in all this was a fun build. It fell under my budget of $300. The HTPC is faster than my desktop (C2D Q6600) less video processing power. I was impressed that the HTPC will run GTAV poorly even without a dedicated GPU. It runs Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm and Starcraft II just fine.
I was too giddy upon original build to take photo documentation of the whole process. Thus my photos attached are merely of my installing the CX430.