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Project Ayr: an art deco HTPC

For long winter evenings, what would you say to a computer that, at the same time, allows you to watch a movie and heat the room? This is essentially the Jeffrey Stephenson’s last proposal, a designer specialized in IT.

Jeffrey Stephenson has just completed a new mod, that is to say, an homemade computer case, dubbed “Project Ayr“. Again, with a retro appearance, specifically art-deco style, like many of his previous projects, this computer is an HTPC, a living-room computer for multimedia use.


To simplify the design to the maximum, the “Project Ayr” uses the Intel HD Graphics 4000, an efficient GPU integrated in the processor, and not a dedicated graphics card. The designer is therefore focused on the Intel Core i3-3225, the first Intel’s desktop processors that embarks  this graphics chip.

It is surmounted by an imposing passive cooling system, a Silverstone SST-HE02

It is surmounted by an imposing passive cooling system, radiator Silverstone SST-HE02, measuring 16 cm high, 17 cm long and 13 cm wide and about 1 kg! The TDP of 55 W of the processor is quite high, this heater warms the room. The whole is covered with a removable mahogany shell inspired in 1950s radios.

A 150W pico power supply, a mini-ITX Gigabyte Z77N-WIFi motherboard, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel Cherryville SSD and Windows 8 complete the configuration.

The “Project Ayr” is probably a single copy, in addition to some prototypes. Jeffrey Stephenson shows the details of the composition of the mod on its website, as well as the names of some unknown specialized suppliers.

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