[SOLVED] Small form factor multimedia build

Kayeye

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I just recently found out about price hikes on many different parts, so I'm not sure how far I can get with the budget below.

I'm looking for an all around rig to satisfy my entertainment needs and I'd prefer to keep it as a small form factor. There will be little desktop use and mostly for playing some older games (half-life games, portal, cuphead, ect.) along with GTA5. I'd also like use that as my dedicated NES/SNES emulator to avoid having additional devices for them like I do now. And lastly, it'll be used to play all my movies/shows. I'm thinking I don't need top of the line stuff, but I'd prefer to only pay $500-600 if I can get away with it, otherwise, $1000 is my max. I'm in the US.

**I made a couple rigs out of an asrock 310 a while back. I think I may still have a spare sitting around with some parts still in it. I'm not sure if there's anything worth building off of that, but I'll update the thread once I find it.
 

geofelt

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Do you have a small case in mind?
Is this likely to go in a media center unit?
It does not get much smaller than the deskmini.
If you need a dvd/bluray player, or stronger than intel integrated graphics it is not there either.
Silverstone makes several media center cases.
Here is one:
https://www.newegg.com/black-silverstone-ml03b-micro-atx-media-center-htpc-case/p/N82E16811163174

Do you have a tv you plan to use?
What is the resolution and what inputs does it accept?
Most tv's need hdmi, and have a max refresh rate of60hz
You need the graphics adapter to be able to output your resolution at 60hz for smooth performance.
At 4k resolution, that needs to be hdmi2.0 at least so far as I know.

In components, the i3-10100 is a great little processor that will run 4k@60hz.
I have used this in my son's destop build and test it with a 4k monitor.
Here is a review:
https://www.techpowerup.com/review/intel-core-i3-10100/15.html

It seems that the i3-10105 is selling for less.
https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i3-10105-core-i3-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118248

A lga1200 motherboard might be $100 or so, and a 2 x 8gb ddr4 ram kit would be about $70 or so.
 

geofelt

Titan
Do you have a small case in mind?
Is this likely to go in a media center unit?
It does not get much smaller than the deskmini.
If you need a dvd/bluray player, or stronger than intel integrated graphics it is not there either.
Silverstone makes several media center cases.
Here is one:
https://www.newegg.com/black-silverstone-ml03b-micro-atx-media-center-htpc-case/p/N82E16811163174

Do you have a tv you plan to use?
What is the resolution and what inputs does it accept?
Most tv's need hdmi, and have a max refresh rate of60hz
You need the graphics adapter to be able to output your resolution at 60hz for smooth performance.
At 4k resolution, that needs to be hdmi2.0 at least so far as I know.

In components, the i3-10100 is a great little processor that will run 4k@60hz.
I have used this in my son's destop build and test it with a 4k monitor.
Here is a review:
https://www.techpowerup.com/review/intel-core-i3-10100/15.html

It seems that the i3-10105 is selling for less.
https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i3-10105-core-i3-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118248

A lga1200 motherboard might be $100 or so, and a 2 x 8gb ddr4 ram kit would be about $70 or so.
 

Kayeye

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Thanks for the input guys.

I liked the desk mini 310 that I had a while back. I vaguely remember having some lag issues with keyboard/mouse input, specifically when I was using an external drive. i Don’t know what it was that Caused that, but if I have an external drive with all my media stored on it, I don’t want that to be an issue especially since I plan on using this in the living room and plan on using wireless devices (wireless remotes for games, mouse, keyboard).

I’m not entirely sure what a media center unit is, but I was just wanting build a computer to leave hooked up to my TV, not so much for desktop use, but more for gaming/movies (With the ability to use it as a computer when needed). I have a 4K tv with the hdmi 2.0 port as well as the proper hdmi cable and displayport adapter. I’m pretty sure I used that on the 310 without issue.

I just checked and could not find my old 310, so it looks like I’ll have to start fresh.
 

geofelt

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A media center might look like this:
https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/6c970b25-8c31-4bdc-95e5-4c4d83333abb.31250f55cd33e4a06e877171bbcfdfba.jpeg&imgrefurl=https://www.walmart.com/ip/Farmhouse-TV-Stand-for-75-inch-Flat-Screen-Wood-TV-Console-Table-Storage-Cabinet-Living-Room-Entertainment-Center-Brown/465794713&tbnid=pcy0Lxkg4KrpaM&vet=12ahUKEwi6zbfButvyAhUVwikDHfXRBFAQMygGegUIARDqAg..i&docid=XLCp6qQsuobq8M&w=1900&h=1600&q=media center&hl=en&ved=2ahUKEwi6zbfButvyAhUVwikDHfXRBFAQMygGegUIARDqAg

It might include some sort of a table or tv stand with space for recievers, internet hardware, perhaps speakers and such.
For the most part such stands do not permit good positioning of a tall tower type pc.
Hence my suggestion for silverstone cases which are similar in proportion to hi fi components.
I might assume it should look good in the living room.
Do you plan on a 5.1 hifi speaker system or a simple 2.1 bookshelf system?

Modern motherboard integrated graphics will have hdmi 2.0 and should be capable of a refresh rate of 60hz
Not all can do this, check specs carefully

I know of no tv with dp input.
If you have a need for lots of video storage, large hard drives are what you need.
Use a ssd for windows and apps.
Space on a small case will be limited. Plan on a single large HDD for storage. They are not cheap.
 

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