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I've always wanted to make a HTPC, as it gets tiring to always move my laptop to the TV whenever I want PC stuff on the big screen, but also because it's much more capable than a laptop, so I can use it for anything gaming/graphics heavy related. - As the title says, it's a HTPC and a powerful one, and with the X360 controller it will work well with couch-gaming, but normal gaming works too, with a great wireless mouse and perhaps the cheapest wireless mechanical keyboard that exists on the market, it's more than capable.

Only 'issues' I've run into is that it's a bit tricky to work with the case due to space constraints, as the motherboard is crammed with features/hardware, so it requires much fiddling to get everything in place (not easy with big hands), it takes some time. Also, the AX760i barely fits into the Prodigy; I had to 'force' it in to get it completely in place, but at least there's more than enough wattage for anything. The WD REDs are only there temporarily until I get a NAS for them, I plan to take the drive-cage out then for more air/space in the case.

It's an ongoing project, so it's not done yet; and that's the answer to what you're thinking: "So what about the CPU cooler?" I hope to make some liquid cooling solution for the CPU, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what to choose, as I don't want it to be too expensive.. But that's not all; I also plan to make custom sleeving for the cables and get some neat BitFenix Spectre Pro fans! Originally wanted the fans to be white, but I guess it might stand out too much in a black case...

Let me know what you think!

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 7 points

Great build. Don't agree with the HTPC title though

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

it's not your prototypical HTPC but it all depends on OP's usage of the PC. if it's being used in conjunction with his home theater, then it fits the definition of being a HTPC.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

For example the Lian Li PC-Q case is the size of this case but still considered a HTPC.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, for me it's a HTPC as its main purpose is to be used in the living room, connected to the TV via my receiver. Still need to get everything set up properly so I can get some awesome 5.1 surround with my Boston Acoustics set. Funny thing is, it was much cheaper than my main PC but it's still better lol.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I think why he's made that comment is because it's quite unusual someone would use a GTX 970 in an HTPC

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but the build was not solely meant to be used for movies/videos, more like a "living room HT/couch-gaming PC" (kind of stated that too in the description). If it was only to serve for playing videos, the iGP would have been enough. I guess even a 750 Ti would suffice for light gaming too (low TDP). Heck, if I only wanted a PC for video tasks, I'd probably have gotten a NUC with an i5 instead lol.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a superb HTPC! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it just needs some eyecandy now!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The MB is an Overkill but an OC monster! love the build!i give it... 8 Bananas!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU temp seems a little too high at load, you might want to lower the clock speed by a couple 100 mHz

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Non-OC and OC temps are basically the same, the reason why it's higher than on reviews is because it has the new firmware that's tuned for silence; fan is idle until around 60c and @ full load it only reaches 31% speed.

I think it's between reasonable limits; if I wanted I could just make a custom fan profile in Precision X though.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

This isnt a HTPC...not even close...more like Mini ITX...not HTPC...does it fit on your TV stand cases? You know the ones Consoles or DVD players fit into it..

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

such a beautiful build not to have a window, you should buy the $25 windowed side panel from newegg

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like your build. I also have prodigy itx and it's a fantastic case with so much room for activities. I suggest Be Quiet!'s dark power shadow rock 2 for your CPU cooler choice as it can fit into your case with some tweaks (i had to pull out my rear fan and put the CPU fan backward so it is an intake). Shadow rock 2 has tremendous cooling capacity and it's practically inaudible. Also the best part is that I got it for 34 dollars. I own a bunch of other AIO liquid coolings but nothing even came close to the satisfaction I got from this cooler. I strongly suggest going for an air cooling for this setup and you won't be disappointed.

Everything looks good. As you stated, PSU seems overkill but I can see you wanted absolute comfort from power end. For fans, I suggest bitfenix pro led fans (white) if you want white accent. i have them on the top exhaust and it looks very nice. If you want quietness, I suggest noctua or be quiet. both are ~$20 per fans.

I'm not sure if you want to go for a liquid cooling setup for both CPU + GPU, but if you are, prepare to throw at least $400+ more to throw into that PC. Economically, it would make any sense as you can get almost similar cooling and quietness from buying very good quality fans as mentioned above.

Lastly! make sure you update the firmware on 840 EVO. they found a bug with read performance! http://www.anandtech.com/show/8617/samsung-releases-firmware-update-to-fix-the-ssd-840-evo-read-performance-bug

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not too much of a fan of air CPU coolers, as the weight put too much strain on the motherboard in my opinion, also making the case less portable (as you have to be more careful when moving it), so I'm just planning to go with the most efficient/silent water cooling solution I can find... I imagine a custom loop kit with a 240mm rad would easily cost more than $200+ if it has to be at least somewhat decent, and able to fit into the case too of course.

Those are also the fans I mentioned above, since they match the case the best, and are not too expensive. But I'm not sure about how white goes with the case.. can't seem to find any pictures of white fans in a black prodigy; can you show me how it looks in yours? Most likely I'll just buy the black ones and get separate LED strips to light up the case.

I'm aware a full loop would cost way way too much for me, full mobo block (EK/Bitspower) and GPU block would be $250+ alone... not really viable, but it would definitely be sweet !

I actually waited with even using the SSDs until the firmware update was out, so they're already updated. Oddly enough it showed as 65% full or something like that on both of them after the update, even though they were empty and never used...

Thanks for the input!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I hope I didn't sound too pushy. Here is the photo of my rig: http://imgur.com/o7PUKk1 http://imgur.com/Zqvdsfe http://imgur.com/lmtsPlx

I think the white LED on the top of the case makes it really pretty. With the lights turned off, I get the honeycomb shaped lights refracted on the wall. The only complaint about this spectre led fans is that I can still hear the wind coming out of the case (granted I have a very good hearing, so you might not find this as distracting as I did).

I both agree and disagree with the air CPU cooler part. Yes, my shadow rock 2 is a 1.5lb monster cooler. Yes it can cause some strain on the motherboard especially on the bitfenix case since the motherboard sits horizontally and there is no support on the very center of the MB. However, You can easily counter this by having a decent backplate (which shadow rock 2 comes with) and if you still don't think it will support it well, you can put a thermal-resistant silicon pad between the motherboard and the case to support it. As you can see it in my picture, mine looks just fine without any special treatment. One other thing to consider is how much GPU weight. I've seen some photos of bitfenix prodigy cases where GPU weight completely bent the MB.

Anyhow, I felt like I said too much. To wrap up, yeah both air and AIO is very viable option and it's really a preference thing. I've had both and my personal opinion on it was that air offered more stable, quieter and cheaper solution. The choice is yours and that's why you love making your own, right?

For SSD, I don't know what happened there... maybe you should contact Samsung.

P.S: I completely f****d up on my PSU choice. Please ignore before I die of shame... I will probably get some motherboard standoffs and hold them that way...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your setup... What's like watching movie via xbmc? (Quality wise) planning to build one with gtx 970.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't get so far with it yet. I still need to get my TV up on the wall and connect the receiver before it can be settled in. However MPC-HC works fine with the iGP, and I assume it does even better rendering using the 970!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I built a media PC earlier this year and used all Noctua fans for the intake and CPU cooler. I like them and are very quiet. Excellent when watching TV and don't hear the PC's fans.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

So, did you replace the screws on the CPU Power Daughter card heat sinks with longer screws to mount it to the case? Or do you only need to use the two free mounting holes?

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Dat power supply though. And why is you're HTPC better than my main pc :'(

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I got an AX860i in my primary PC (need pictures before I want to post the build here - only picture I have), Corsair all the way!

I spent almost a year getting parts for it ^ ^

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it's wireless of course lol. I always prefer corded for gaming when possible (I use a G500s at my desk, next one will be a G502). Haven't really used it in the best environment to be honest (far from the receiver and on a TV with semi-high input lag), and not for very long, so can't really say how well it performs. In fact, my fiancee has used it much more than me, and she likes it it least. It has an amazing battery level though, seems to last forever! I'd probably buy the MX Master instead, if I were to get a wireless mouse now, since it's kind of the successor to the G602. The battery is easier to replace on the G602 (best solution is rechargeable AA batteries), but the added Bluetooth in the MX is a big plus for me.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Just temporary, the disks belong in a NAS :) If I ever get the budget, I think I'll invest in 2x2TB WD Blacks though.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Won it last year on an online christmas calendar by an etailer from my country :P

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