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Does anyone have a gaming Pc rig in thd living room?

I've built my own "HTPC" for watching Netflix, other websites, youtube, downloaded content, and some gaming. I used a Coolermaster Elite130 case as the base and then put inside what I had available at the current budget. Right now that's an undervolted i3 4130, 8GB DDR3, and a 4GB GTX 960. Not really a gaming machine in the current form but following standard component sizes allows it to be upgraded with ease later on. It's fairly small in size and can be made to run cool and quiet with the right hardware and cooling choices. There's some good ITX sized boards out there which will support higher end hardware, but you are limited to a 2 slot video card.

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Been wanting to get a gaming Pc rig in my living room but it doesn't seem like there are any much pre-built options. Does anyone have any tips and suggestions on whether a gaming pc in the living room is actually worth the experience? 

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I've built my own "HTPC" for watching Netflix, other websites, youtube, downloaded content, and some gaming. I used a Coolermaster Elite130 case as the base and then put inside what I had available at the current budget. Right now that's an undervolted i3 4130, 8GB DDR3, and a 4GB GTX 960. Not really a gaming machine in the current form but following standard component sizes allows it to be upgraded with ease later on. It's fairly small in size and can be made to run cool and quiet with the right hardware and cooling choices. There's some good ITX sized boards out there which will support higher end hardware, but you are limited to a 2 slot video card.

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I do have an HTPC in my living room with a Ryzen 5 2400g and a GTX 1060 3gb card for casual gaming in there and watching hulu, netflix, twitch etc with the wife. Its an ITX system that nice and small in a tiny Silverstone chassis. 


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I have mine in the living room.  You can switch inputs just like you would for a game console if you have multiple devices hooked into your monitor.  I use mine for Netflix, Youtube and movies, so It has a lot of practicality in that space.

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It's not physically in the living room but I can play from there.  It's actually sits in the basement next to the home theater and routes through the receiver.  I have the second zone output going to the TV on the first floor.  It's nice because I can individually run different input/output to the home theater and first floor independently.  The biggest challenge was drop out of the wireless kb/mouse and XB1 controller.  I ended up getting a longer usb cable and hub which I routed just below the upstairs room and still gives me good range downstairs.  It also serves as a media/Plex server so I directly watch from it or stream to other devices.


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My main PC has been in the living room for as long as we've lived in this house. It does add a lot to our experience as my wife and I tend to play together. I have a Micro-ATX build on a desk that's part of my main media center.

 

I plan on buying a new TV somewhere this year to add a "monitor" to my pc, so that I can expand this.

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I have my Nvidia Shield in the living room, which I would consider to be a superior option to have a pc there, just for the usability of the shield in day to day activities outside of gaming.


 

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Depends on if that's the experience you want.

I drag my desktop downstairs to the living room from time to time (my machine isn't light but it isn't large either) to play Forza Horizon 4 and it does that very well.

I'd like to go Ryzen for my secondary desktop so I'm not stuck playing games from 2013 or older competently but we'll see how that goes. Right now it's got a Phenom II X3 B75 and that mainly just plays YouTube and Spotify.


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