Media PC and space heater

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Alan Estes
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Hyrum, United States
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Media PC and space heater

This is my media PC it's designed to be a larger than console size PC that will have a decent mid range GPU and a decent CPU. I really like the idea of a small form factor PC with lots of power. This computer has been a pain to work with, there has been lots of failed parts. Part of my problems could be from buying parts during the covid pandemic, there was understaffed companies making my parts, and I got all of the bad apples. I still love the heck out of this PC. I bought the motherboard after watching buildzoid talk about motherboards and this one should withstand the heat. There are so many components in such a small space, this thing heats up a bedroom easily.

I shucked the 5tb portable hard drives and shoved them in RAID 0 to make 13.5TB for movies. I use a 1tb NVMe to boot and one for game drive (it also emulates classic consoles, it's hard to digitize the games, but it's possible). Realistically I'm not the only one using it and people dump files on the boot drive, and my DVR also dumps files there and I move it to my RAID volume.

This is a difficult case to build in, the screw holes on the PSU holder doesn't match the case, I have to flex the holder to make it align properly. I had to cut up fan filters and use them to protect the fans from cables. Overall the silverstone RVZ-03 is an awesome case. This computer has had many issues that made me change out parts. The Asrock RX 5500XT (gaming wasn't a priority) was built well. The cooler had proper contact between the thermal pads and heat sink, and a proper amount of thermal paste. I had to use a Windows driver that couldn't game and would BSOD after a few hours. The Radeon driver caused black screens after the boot splash screen, I couldn't boot to the OS. Before the 3070 was released I bought an EVGA B-stock RTX 2070 Super, I knew I couldn't get one even if I wanted it. My problems was fixed for about 3 months.

The next issue was my ROG strix X570-I gaming lost all networking. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and LAN died. At the time of writing that motherboard is headed to an ASUS repair center.
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: none
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.

Build Updates

First build

Changed memory to Trident Z neo

GPU replaced

GPU teardown

Motherboard RMA


$ 84.88
AMD - Ryzen 5 (3600)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
$ 279.00
ASUS - ROG Strix Gaming (X570-I)
Chipset: X570
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Mini-ITX
$ 379.98
Corsair - Dominator Platinum (3200MHz) (Grey) (2x)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
$ 1,049.00
EVGA - GeForce XC Gaming
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2070 SUPER
Interface: PCIe x8
$ 149.70
Sabrent - Rocket Q (2x)
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: PCIe x4
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 389.97
Seagate - Portable (STGX5000400) (3x)
Form Factor: External
Interface: USB 3.0
Capacity: 5 TB
$ 116.92
EVGA - SuperNOVA 650 GM
Wattage: 650
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
$ 145.64
SilverStone Technology - RVZ-03
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Solid
Case Fan
$ 15.99
SilverStone Technology - FN124
Size: 120 mm
$ 17.50
AMD - Wraith Stealth
Type: Air Cooler
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 2,831.80
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