Description

This replaces and Athlon X4 845 HTPC build. It was a hot 65 watts and required some noisy airflow.

I purchased a powersupply and AC to DC power brick from Amazon. The power brick worked for about 10 minutes. So I disassembled it and found the consequences of purchasing cheap Chinese products. It appeared to have been water damaged maybe and the package seemed to be overall improvised. Pics included! I ordered a different pico power supply from MITXpc and they work just fine.

This PC works just fine. The Noctua cooler is overkill for the G4600. I run it ant 10% fan speed and it's fine. The stock Intel cooler would have worked fine. But those coolers, at least in my experience, make a noise. A specific noise. One that hits the eardrum and tickles the brain. And that just wont do.

I dig the motherboard. For the price, this thing is loaded. I almost feel bad about using it for an HTPC which wont make use of it's capabilities.

Anyways, the build went well once I got a working power supply and I expect this to last as an HTPC for a very long time.

No RGB needed. As usual, gratuitous dog photo included.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 7 points

Awesome HTPC and also sorry about what happen to the power brick. Sounds like the new picoPSU is doing better. And what a cute doggy you have. Well done jk and you have my one!

  • 16 months ago
  • 5 points

Actually, it was one of your builds a while back that made me want to do this. So, thank you!

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Aw... thank you jk. However, thank you for sharing your experience and wonderful build. And your cute dog. Enjoy your new HTPC! :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the dog pic!

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Can confirm, that it is in fact, a small computer

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Now that is an awesome wood table with lightning marks on it. Glad the cheapo power brick didn't take out your whole system with it. As for RGB you can get kits to install behind your TV lol.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Worst part about this build for me is now I want one.

Awesome build and excellent aesthetics.

My only comments outside of superlatives are:

8GB of RAM is probably enough for this one, could have saved $70 or $80 there. No biggie, 16GB is considered the new norm.

You could have gone with coffee lake Pentium G5400 for about $10 cheaper and saved a further $20 on an H310M-itx/ac board. G5400 is fairly close to the G4600 in performance and clock speed. No biggie really.

Perhaps you could have been economical with the SSD. Toshiba and Silicon Power have one on sale double the capacity of the PNY for similar investment. While they are certainly not the best SSD's, they are worth a consideration for slightly slower speeds. You already have one blazing fast drive in the WD black NVMe.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I could have saved you some typing had I pointed out that these parts were all acquired some time ago. I think before coffee lake was a thing. And some parts were things I had laying around.

But you are right. This could definitely be and probably should be built for a lot less.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup me too, I still have an unbuilt Skylake mobo and processor I picked up for cheap long time ago and did not get round to building. Still, your build is awesome and I want to have something small form like this.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

But how many little computers can fit into big computer?

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

21 No more. No less.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

it's cute. :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! What was the rating of the power brick, that totally sucks and glad your build is ok. Love SFF also the desk looks beautiful +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The brick is a 12V/10.5A output. For both I tried. The actual ATX power supply is 150W.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

You didn't include psu in the parts list. I am trying to make an mITX and trying to estimate the build cost.

I will consider DrLitch's suggestions too if I go Intel but inclined to ryzen G series.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Added the power supply for you. There are lower power (cheaper) options available.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I've been looking to build an HTPC for me also, but I'm looking to put in a slim DVD / Blue Ray also, would you have a nice case to reccomend? Thanks!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask you where you bought that faulty picopsu and powerbrick?