Description

I had an old HP elite 8200 SFF PC which I got for very cheap for use as a HTPC. I use the HTPC with a Projector in the living room (the last of the Pictures is a placeholder with the old HP instead of the raven).

One day, while browsing on my regular tech- and geeky places on the web, I stumbled on different mini-ITX cases...

I found out about the RVZ02 and that it could easily take a full-sized GPU... I don't know why, but my "do-want" instinct was awakened.

I tried to Keep this build as cheap as possible but as powerful as necessary for some potential mid to high-endish gaming.

I used the storage (SSD, HDD) which I used in the old HP and bought a new case, mobo, ram, cpu and PSU... I'm still Holding out on the GPU, because I realised that I actually don't Need a full grown GPU in my HTPC, because steams in-house Streaming works reasonably well. But I guess I'd opt for a GTX 1060 6GB mini if Need shall be... (Or, you know, maybe go the more or less reasonable route and get a 1050 ti...)

In the meantime I replaced the stock-Intel CPU-Cooler and went for silverstone AR06... And I also got an additional 2 TB 2.5" HDD, this time a model that is only 9mm high, so I could place it in one of the empty quick-mounting places. I will post Pictures of the cooler and the then-mounted HDD whenever I get time of opening this machine again...

The form factor of this build, and the possibility of putting a full-size GPU in it... And to think of that I got a full-grown PC as my media-Center PC... That's so sexy!

I'm just undecided of what GPU I should get. As I have a somewhat beefy mainrig (i5 6600k, gtx 1070), I don't need the ultra-mega-overkilla GPU for the HTPC... But something like a GTX 1060 (3gb? 6gb?) or an RX 470 (4gb) or an RX 480 would be nice...

Edit: I tried my luck getting a cheap Gigabyte Windforce 3X GTX 670 that was marked as "not working" that was being sold for CHF 30.-- . I gambled and tried my Chance that it could be one of those Units that don't work on PCIe 3.0... But no luck - the unit was not working at all...

I then did some intense Research and waited for some good black friday/cyber monday deals on the GTX 1060 6GB, RX 480 4GB/8GB, but couldn't find anything satisfactory...

But then I found an XFX RX 470 4GB for CHF 200 (EUR 185) and said to myself: Come on, it's my secondary PC for watching things on the bigscreen! Get the cheapest 1080p Card and be done with it!

And that's what I did.

The XFX RX 470 RS 4GB XXX is a really nice Card, and with a length of only 24 cm, I can still use the thicker 2.5" HDD - albeit not on the normal place for it. I just bought an sata-power Extension cable, put the 2.5 hdd a Little bit to the right and used only the 2 screw-holes on one side to Mount the drive. It's still stable enough.

So, now I even have 4 TB of HDD space, 120 GB of SSD space, a really nice gpu in there and a cpu that's more than okay for some high to even higher Settings in games.

To fight the very high temps in the Sideboard, I modded it a bit by changing the wooden Panels with some thinner Wood and cutting and Drilling holes in it. Temps went down about 7 to 10 degrees, but are still rather high. Well, that's a tradeoff that Comes with the Ultra compact Case-size and the horizontal Placement.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build...but I don't think you will get very far with on-board graphics. I would suggest getting a dedicated graphics card. Overall, nice build bro!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally... some dedicated graphics in my SFF htpc build... :-)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, the onboard graphics are okay-ish for the moment. I have a big rig too with an i5 6600k and a gtx 1070, so I can satisfy my AAA-gaming needs. And if I want to play on the huge screen, my pcs connect via ethernet to the same router and Steams in-home streaming works exceptionally well. I stream from the main rig to the raven and casual gaming is top notch (gta V, Ryse, Darksiders 2) - if there i any lag, I cannot perceive it. That's what kept me from getting a dedicated gpu for now...

But... I know that I just have to get a dedicated Graphicscard for the Raven some day, because, you know, IT IS POSSIBLE! :-)

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Isn't even its final form... factor

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Not yet, not yet... mwuahahaha

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure you have Kodi on you HTPC. :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Who hasn't? :-)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPP rule #754: HTPCs always follow a black/blue color scheme

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Btw... what's rule PCPP rule #34?... On a second thought, no, don't answer that, I don't want to know...

:-P

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

pcpp rule #34 is that "bigger things are better"

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Does that mean, because Silverstone chose yellow-orange-ish led for the front... That I have to evolve this little critter into a sff GAMING RIG! Oh my... What have I done?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel foolish, but what game is that?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

A nice Metroidvania called "Valdis Story Abyssal City".

http://store.steampowered.com/app/252030/

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, great build brother!! Please update us when you get a gpu in this beast:)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I certainly update this build when I put a GPU in. But alas, that won't happen anytime soon, as I've been spending too much in the last couple of months... So it'll take a while.

But I'll post my other build, my main gaming and VR rig soon, when my new case arrives next week - a titanium Fractal Design Define R5 with a side window. :-)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That's too funny, I've been eyeing the define r4 nano for awhile:) Almost bought her last month for my next build but so glad I didn't(They released the updated c version), I'm absolutely loving the condensed version. My Full sized build lives in an Obsidian 750D, need a gpu in her since I sold the 970 from that build to partly fund the RVZ02.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I finally scored a GPU... Now, is there a way to update this post and the rig will be posted new, or do I have to delete this build and publish it as a new build?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome...congrats!!! Yes...just goto to your build list and edit in the new card:) cant wait to see it:)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't updated the desciption yet, but the pics are in now.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the name of the canvas in your room?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a cheapo manual (not motorized) "wallscreen rollo s".

Here's a link to the same model that I have:

https://www.amazon.de/Wallscreen-Rollo-Deckeneinbauleinwand-220-190/dp/B001EC08YQ

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Great choice on the GPU, she fits perfect:) Whats the performance like on the card?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

On 1080p, I get around 75 fps average, around 45ish lowest, in GTA V with most settings very high (except shadows and grass, they are on high) with no MSAA and FXAA instead - looks lovely!

On Assassins Creed Revelations, everything maxed out, around 90 to 120 fps, just cause 3 on everything on max but only FXAA around 70 to 75 fps.

I am more than happy with this card! I could have got a RX 480 4gb for 30.-- more, which wouldn't have broken the bank... but I wanted the best performance/money, and this 470 was really the best performance per Swiss Franc ratio. And I wanted to go as "cheap" as possible, as this is my secondary HTPC rig...

Oh my god... How decadent have I become? A i3/rx 470 combo as my "cheap" secondary rig... auiiiii

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

How much are the temps?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

They are okay now with the large holes in the boards. The gpu stays at around 72 to 75 °C max, and the CPU stays also at around 75 °C max on heavier loads. I just had a 2 hours gaming session with darksiders 2 and the GPU stayed at around 69 °C, cpu maxed at about 65. those are not to shabby temps, considering the very small form factor and the placement in the sideboard (with all the lids open and the backside of the furniture is also open).