Description

Second complete build to run Kodi in living room with updated library using mySQL. Media streamed from main desktop via network. A little over the top for HTPC, but very effective. I built this for the interface that my Raspberry Pi cannot handle in Kodi such as previews, fanart, etc. Can use this pc as second browser/everyday computer if my Lenovo Yoga 11s is being used by the wife. Regardless, I think I did pretty good to keep under $400 for a pretty strong HTPC. Tell me what you think.

Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

ya its good

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Preciate it.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

Did you also consider switching to MariaDB over mysql to use as Kodi's backend? It might increase performance a little bit

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Never looked twice to be honest. Took a little while to configure correctly. Is it worth looking into due to how deep my library data has gotten? Don't want to waste time for minimal difference especially if it will erase current user data.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice. I wouldn't bother going up on the wattage of the PSU just go up on the quality. This thing would run on a 200W PSU. No point in running a 500W when the whole thing will pull ~100, just means your new PSU will run less efficient and generate extra heat. Extra wattage is good but this thing won't be powering a big video card any time soon.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What CPU cooler are you using. BTW: Nice wiring job its very clean.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl ! How did you run the LEDs?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

At the top and bottom of the case. There is enough room at the bottom (barely) to fit between the psu and frame. Then the box for the cathode tubes I just zip ties to the back of the case where the space for a tube resevoir would go.

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

What CPU are you using? Realized it's an integrated CPU.

Also please tell me you're going to replace that PSU. Soon.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Plan to use the Ttake 500 once I upgrade main desktops PSU to full modular over 650w

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

This for $400? You could easily do much better than this. Having a Pentium when going under the $400 mark is very necessary, and for $70 you could easily get a 1TB WD Black performance HDD, which is the closest thing to an SSD in performance, but has 4x more storage than your SSD. Still, this build is pretty good for a HTPC, and you don't need much more than this. If you are going for another build, I would recommend researching to find the best band for your buck!

  • 53 months ago
  • 4 points

If he/she is only using it for streaming, the SSD will most likely serve him/her better than an HDD.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sure he's aware of the difference between an SSD and a mechanical hard drive. He chose the SSD for a reason. He said his media will be streamed from his main desktop, so it makes perfect sense to me to go with a smaller, much faster SSD than an unnecessarily large HDD.

  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Exactly my reasoning. You can grab a Samsung 250gb Pro for $100 why would I go HDD to run a system?? I only use about 20gbs of it anyways. As for the Pentium. Cheapest Pentium Mobo combo with 3.0 usb and HDMI on board was $120. Got biostar with 2x 3.0 and HDMI for $80 plus expansion card to grab 4x more 3.0 via backplate on card and front head female on card to plug in USB for front headers that came with case. Yeah it runs like a laptop chip at 2.0 (pushing it), but for what I use it for, that's plenty. I added a 40mm fan (rigged' it!) atop the heat sink and 2x80mm in the back to OC the small chip at average speed of 1.7ghz. LED strip added. Gots to have the LEDs.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Well in that case I definitely agree with your choice of parts. +1000 for adding in LED's!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Waiting for build 3 to upgrade desktop PSU. Will take the Ttake 500 and swap it for the cheapo.

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