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Modzy

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Building your own living room PC.
« on: December 28, 2013, 07:22:03 PM »
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Breast[/s:3pl38va7] Tomb Raider game form the comfort of your couch.

[/font:3pl38va7][align=left:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7][/align:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]How spending exactly what your budget, allows gives you more than ever before. If you are seriously considering or even a little bit curious about buying a "next-gen" console you may want to hold off and consider all your options first. $600 consoles that age extremely badly with stagnate performance are a thing of the past.[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]

[font=verdana:3pl38va7][/font:3pl38va7]http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/[font=verdana:3pl38va7][/font:3pl38va7]
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[font=verdana:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]CPU - Intel Core i5 4670K $269 -[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]LINK[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]- This native quad core with unlocked overclocking potential is the ultimate living room gaming CPU. (additional cooling for both the case and CPU will be required for any overclocking)[/font:3pl38va7]

[font=verdana:3pl38va7]GPU - Nvidia Geforce GTX 760 2Gb $299* or 4Gb $379 -[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]LINK[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]- This GPU has the power for even the latest games to be run at max settings at 1080P. (The AMD alternative is the Radeon R9 270X which starts from $249 but also has slightly less performance to the GTX 760.)[/font:3pl38va7]

[font=verdana:3pl38va7]Motherboard - ASRock Z87M OC Formula $199 -[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]LINK[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]- With all the overclocking utilities you could ever want and the quality to match.[/font:3pl38va7]

[font=verdana:3pl38va7]Memory - 16Gig G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 1600Mhz CL9 $199 -[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]LINK[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]- This kit has some super tight timings at the optimal speed, loosen those timings and it will also OC well.[/font:3pl38va7]

[font=verdana:3pl38va7]PSU - Silverstone Strider Plus 600Watt $99 -[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]LINK[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]- This fully modular PSU will provide all the power + plenty headroom for any overclocking or more power hungry GPU if you choose so upgrade in the future.[/font:3pl38va7]

[font=verdana:3pl38va7]Harddrive - Samsung 840 EVO Series 250Gb SSD $189 -[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]LINK[/font:3pl38va7][font=verdana:3pl38va7]- Currently the EVO series SSD's are leading the charge in innovation and speed, the 250Gig varient is perfect for this build.[/font:3pl38va7]

ase - Lian-Li PC-C37B Black Anodized Aluminum[/font:3pl38va7]Case $169 - LINK - Lian-Li may have faded some what in the past, but this case is absolutely gorgeous for a living room based PC.[/font:3pl38va7]

+ Postage per extra controller + $49-89 average AAA title cost per game + 8 years of online subscription fees totaling $0

You can start to see that over the 8 year life of the device, you end up saving a lot more money. Not only that your consumer based hardware can be upgraded as time goes by to keep in touch with the quality of gaming you want to have. Rather than be forced to play at sub par frame rates at low resolutions.
For the moment, this concludes this guide. I will be updating these specs and pricing as I can. Feel free to also provide your own recommendations.
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pawnagain

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Re: Building your own living room PC.
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 09:22:30 AM »
This is an excellent post Modzy. Wish I had read it before I built my own PC.
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Re: Building your own living room PC.
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2014, 05:33:49 PM »
Excellent post, am def going to try and give it a go, its a ton cheaper than going and buying a stock machine from a shop.
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Hopelessgunner

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Re: Building your own living room PC.
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 10:07:47 AM »
Hi guys,  i am after some comments on building a media PC and server.  I have several hardrives and media everywhere and wanted to put them into 1box.  Basically consolidate all my digital movies.  I was not intending to use it for gaming but it will have capability if required.  Well here is the specs i am looking at:


Case:  Fractal Designs - Define R4
M/B:   ASUS z87M plus (micro ATX)
CPU:  Intel i3 4130
Mem: 6 gig 1600 mhz DDR 3 (already have 3x2 from old upgrade)
P/s:  Thermatake toughpower 850w
Optical: blu-ray combo drive
Ssd: 240gig intel 530 (already have)
HD: 4 x4tb seagate NAS drives (chose these over Wd for 5yr warranty)


I was thinking of raid 5 for the hardisks that way i will have a redundancy


I also have Tv card that i will install (spare held)


What would be the best operating system for media pc ?  I was thinking win7


Any comments and assistance would be appreciated.   I will most likely buy the parts next week so any feedback ASAP would be great.


Thanks in advance, Gunner
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Re: Building your own living room PC.
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2014, 08:31:59 PM »
Hey guys I'll be updating this thread as soon as the new Intel CPUs are launched. The new motherboards have already hit stores this week but CPUs are slightly behind schedule. Nvidia is also dropping it's new GPU's near Q3-4 this year so I'll update it again when they hit stores.
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Re: Building your own living room PC.
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2014, 05:23:26 AM »
Quote from: "Modzy"
Hey guys I'll be updating this thread as soon as the new Intel CPUs are launched. The new motherboards have already hit stores this week but CPUs are slightly behind schedule. Nvidia is also dropping it's new GPU's near Q3-4 this year so I'll update it again when they hit stores.

Yeah just when I thought I was happy with my computers... haha
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