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How is this build for HTPC?

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zMR3vV

Mainly media streaming from my file server, Netflix, Amazon, Youtube... and light Steam gaming (Rocket League, Euro Truck 2...).
I'll be sticking a GTX 970 reference in this build. The case will take it if I'm not mistaking.

It'll be hooked up to a 4K tv. What do you guys think?
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  1. I'd recommend going with a B250 motherboard to avoid have to deal with updating the BIOS to make the CPU compatible. If gaming is not a priority on this system, I'd probably splurge for a GT730 as the GTX970 is serious overkill.

    -Wolf sends.
  2. EDITED: Added solutions to issues.
    A few problems

    1) H110 board will not have a bios that supports G4560 installed. Thus unless you have a skylake processor laying around you will not be able to get this to work
    SOLUTION: B250 Motherbaord

    2) B1/G1/W1 serries EVGA power supplies are not that good.
    SOLTUION: Get B2/G2/G3/GS serries EVGA, or anything Seasonic is good.

    3) No HDMI 2.0. Motherboard and GPU are both using HDMI 1.4 spec instead of HDMI 2.0. Which means you will only get 30hz instead of the full 60 hz on a 4k resoltuion.
    SOLUTION: Get a GTX 1050 or 1060
  3. Wolfshadw said:
    I'd recommend going with a B250 motherboard to avoid have to deal with updating the BIOS to make the CPU compatible. If gaming is not a priority on this system, I'd probably splurge for a GT730 as the GTX970 is serious overkill.

    -Wolf sends.


    Thanks for the mobo issue heads up.
    I already own a GTX 970 that I was hoping just to toss into this build.
  4. boosted1g said:
    EDITED: Added solutions to issues.
    A few problems

    1) H110 board will not have a bios that supports G4560 installed. Thus unless you have a skylake processor laying around you will not be able to get this to work
    SOLUTION: B250 Motherbaord

    2) B1/G1/W1 serries EVGA power supplies are not that good.
    SOLTUION: Get B2/G2/G3/GS serries EVGA, or anything Seasonic is good.

    3) No HDMI 2.0. Motherboard and GPU are both using HDMI 1.4 spec instead of HDMI 2.0. Which means you will only get 30hz instead of the full 60 hz on a 4k resoltuion.
    SOLUTION: Get a GTX 1050 or 1060


    1. Thanks for the mobo heads up.

    2. I'll look into the slightly higher end PSU. I have a crappy 8 year old Chiang Chung or some no name Chinese brand. Orion I think is the name. It's a 585watt unit. But I highly doubt it. I wan't to put my 970 in a "good" build so that the crappy psu doesn't fry it. I'm parting out my G3258 build. Maybe use it as my file server. My file server is a sad little AMD AM1 dual core Sempron. lol

    3. So there's no way I can get anything above 30fps on the build on my list and my GTX 970? I'd hate to have to blow another $200 - $300 on a gpu for my htpc use. I already have a gaming rig. I was hoping to trickle down old parts from that build to a media center/player/lite gaming setup.

    My wife will mainly use the htpc I'm building for Netflix, Amazon, Korean shows and couch Steam gaming for my son and I.

    Am I better off going down the APU line? My goal is not to do 4K 60fps, I don't have the hardware for that. lol However if I can go beyond 30fps then why waste it.
  5. I don't want to go above $300 for this build.
    It's mainly for htpc lite gaming and trickling down my gpu.
  6. Best answer
    GTX970 should have dp 1.2 and hdmi 12.0.

    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-970/specifications
    Either should handle 4k.

    ITX has no slots for a wifi card, and usb dongles are not strong.
    If you need wifi, look for a motherboard with wifi included.

    H110 is ok if you get one made after 11/2016. It will have the kaby lake enabling bios.

    Buy a 2 stick kit of ram for faster dual channel operation.

    that evga psu is not one of their best tier 4 on this list:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html
    Here is a tier 2 Seasonic S12II 520w for less:
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    120gb is too small for a c drive; many things default to C.
    Samsung is likely to be better performing and more reliable.
    A 850 or 750 250gb evo will be about $100

    Another possibility is to market your GTX970 and plan on using integrated HD610 graphics.
    Some motherboards like a asus z270 will support 4k @60hz.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132954
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