airbikecop

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I asked about how the Pentium on the LGA1151 socket fares for emulation, finally got ordered all the parts, here's the specs:

Intel Pentium G4600 Kaby Lake Dual-Core 3.6 GHz
MSI B250M MORTAR LGA 1151 Motherboard
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti OC Low Profile 4GB (will be here around the 20th to 22nd)
Kingston Technology HyperX FURY 2400MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL15 8GB (2x4gb sticks)
Crucial MX300 M.2 2280 275GB SATA III
Enermax Triathlor ECO 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified PSU
ASUS 802.11ac Wireless-AC1200 Bluetooth 4.0 PCIe/mPCIe Adapter
Silverstone Milo ML03B Case
HGST DeskStar NAS 3.5" 3TB 7200 RPM (from a previous build)

Going low profile due to space and I always have more fun/use from lesser components go figure. Plus I enjoy desktop style cases. Once I get into higher end components I'll be wanting to overclocking and messing with it and spend less time playing games. That's why it is a bit limited in some ways. Hoping to get all the parts sans GPU next week. I was going to go for the G4560 but the price was way too high still due to demand and I wanted to get this built asap so I spent a few extra bucks and got the G4600. The iGPU should fare okay until I get the GPU the following week.

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Got the majority of the parts and built it after work - got to leave a little early due to weather. I didn't forget!

Wiring a little messier than I wanted though but still not half bad. About to install windows but finished building it. Waiting for the GPU to come but overall it's all built.

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Nice, I have been looking to build an HTPC/Emulation system for quite a while now, for 1080p HEVC movies/shows in Kodi to save some space, emulation up to PS2 possibly Wii U, Steam library etc. Is a build like this with only dual core suitable? Clock speed matters more than cores for emulation I think, but what about general Windows gaming? Let us know how it handles BigBox and everything and noise/temp levels as this setup comes to a not so bad price I might use it as a base.

Currently got my old helicopter sounding massive desktop PC as my HTPC with an old Core2Quad Q6600 OC to 3ghz and Radeon HD 4850 GPU and while it handles HEVC fine it lags like hell for most emulation, probably due to GPU but it's time I went M-ATX so I can shove it under the TV instead of a massive tower sat there lol.

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It's so far pretty beastly despite being only a dual core. Having more fun with this and spending more time with it than the other HTPC's I had where I went all out - kinda nice to have something a bit limited so I can spend more time playing games than messing around tinkering. Ahhh. Tried Mednafen Saturn and it ran pretty good no problem. Got a LOT to setup emulation wise but copied my roms over to the 3TB drive and some Steam games are downloading now.

Wish the 24-pin wasn't so bulky though. I might try the hard drive cage I removed in the future though, might help with wiring some more.

Still no GPU :( Once prices go down and the LGA 1151 is a bit deprecated I will upgrade to a discounted quad on this platform.

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Was almost gonna go with the G4600 in my build but decided to go all out on an i5 instead. I'm sure the G4600 would be fine though. I used to have the G3258 and that was a beast for the money I spent.

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Looks great! I plan on using essentially the exact same PC components in my bartop arcade cabinet. It will primarily run MAME, but also newer fighters like Street Fighter, BlazBlue, and Injustice, so I'm targeting the solid 1080p gaming performance of the G4560 and GTX 1050Ti.

Keep us posted on how your rig turns out!

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For the price I paid for the G4600, I could get the G4560 for the same price - right now there's a lot of demand for the G4560 for some reason. It could be mining or the price to performance ratio but overall I wanted it now instead of later so I got the G4600 which is faster and 2400mhz ram to match. The GPU isn't great for mining but I needed a low profile half height variant and I'm sure there was a small premium for that and limited availability. Will try rewiring tomorrow if I can.

So far running okay with out the GTX 1050 which shipped last night and I should have it tomorrow, hopefully after work! The on-board graphics are not great by any means but for now doing the job. Mednafen Saturn runs really well and I tried Darius Burst and it was running like a champ.

While it is low profile and my upgrade options are limited currently to processor and more memory (can't go faster though) I'm fine and having a blast compared to my last HTPC which was overkill.

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1 hour ago, airbikecop said:

For the price I paid for the G4600, I could get the G4560 for the same price - right now there's a lot of demand for the G4560 for some reason. It could be mining or the price to performance ratio but overall I wanted it now instead of later so I got the G4600 which is faster and 2400mhz ram to match. The GPU isn't great for mining but I needed a low profile half height variant and I'm sure there was a small premium for that and limited availability. Will try rewiring tomorrow if I can.

So far running okay with out the GTX 1050 which shipped last night and I should have it tomorrow, hopefully after work! The on-board graphics are not great by any means but for now doing the job. Mednafen Saturn runs really well and I tried Darius Burst and it was running like a champ.

While it is low profile and my upgrade options are limited currently to processor and more memory (can't go faster though) I'm fine and having a blast compared to my last HTPC which was overkill.

I think it's all due to mining. From what I gather, mining is nearly all GPU-based so miners are springing for budget processors like the G4560 since it won't bottleneck their operation. Other budget CPUs in the same range also have inflated prices, not to mention all the GPUs. Thankfully for us gamers, the price of Etherum is dropping and difficulty of mining is increasing, so prices should stabilize if not drop significantly as the second hand market gets flooded with used gear.

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Redid the wiring like I said with moving the hard drive. Was a VERY tight fit but glad to make it work - was really worried about the USB header! You be the judge if it is cleaner though.

Good thing before I took the system apart I realized something: part of the IO shield was under the USB 3.1 port near the USB Type-C port so I couldn't use the port. Took the system apart to fix that.

I am having problems with my AV Receiver and TV - on-board graphics work fine but with the GPU it doesn't play nice with my AV receiver, hooked up to the TV it works okay though but due to no optical out I will need a soundcard, have one in my main PC I'll remove, won't miss it and have the PC hooked up via optical to the receiver and HDMI to the TV. Since I don't have the soundcard installed yet I don't have the header hooked up. I might move the cable now so it's easier to place when I install it though.

EDIT 2 or 3: Moved audio header cable so I can easily hook it up to sound card in future.

EDIT who knows what: Added sound card and put new thermal paste on CPU.

 

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