Log In | Register |
16
MediaPC My first PC build!
by opener05
Permalink:   (19 comments)
Description

Well I use this as a media centre (XBMC) at home but I also use it to surf the web and watch tv. I am still figuring out all the things I can do with it. I also use it as a NAS and have copies of all my data there, but I've been having issues with data transfer speeds over the network.

Building the machine was fairly simple. Figuring out how to route the cables is another story!

So I wanted something robust, expandable and versatile. Energy efficient and cheap. As you all know those variants don't mix very well so I compromised on some things.

The TV tuner doesn't work as of yet. Neither does the bluray for blurays. The TV tuner I received is the version 3 and the components are not compatible with Linux. The issue with the BD is more or less similar. Something to do with disc encryption. I'm not in a hurry about it so it's not an issue.

The PC is pretty decent, I had no problems with my Linux installation (on the SSD) recognizing the RAID drive. Everything worked at once. I consider myself very lucky and obviously thanks to pcpartpicker.com all the parts work pretty well together. I initially went with 4 GB of RAM but after a week or so the system would start writing to SWAP and I'm not a ok with that since the partition is on the SSD. I changed the swappiness to 0 and got more RAM. I can have open pretty much every program I have installed without a hiccup. I am very pleased with this so far.

Update:

The fakeraid controller from the motherboard doesn't like linux or vice versa, let me explain... creating the volume is fine. The problem is when you try to change a drive. The intel raid is designed to work with windows only, so don't expect it to work with anything else. So I gave up on the idea and got Windows 7 Pro. Will finish update and post some pics once things are installed and running. I ditched the Idea of having RAID5 in this, mainly because the write speeds were horrendous with Windows, (in linux it is crazy quick), some people get it to work but I'd rather move on, it's not worth the trouble for me.

I got Windows on a 3TB WD Green and I also orderer a mesh front panel for the case. With the new fan I realized that the airflow is pretty much non existent with the original panel. I also changed some of the wiring. I'll update everything accordingly once I get all the parts.

Final Update SEPT 2013: So the ssd is doing caching. The 3TB disk doesn't get along with Windows when you change the mobo setting from sata whatever to RAID. So it only sees 2TB. I decided to use the 3 TB disk for external storage and backup and I put OS and everything on a 2TB disk I had laying around. I plan to put another 2TB volume to RAID 1 in a year or so. The front panel is great, it finally lets the machine breathe from the front. No more air and dust getting sucked from the side panel. There's a pic uploaded with the latest look inside as well. Energy consumption is fairly low, at idle it 40W, under load I managed to get it to 65W. Typical use: 52~58 Watts. This thing is on all the time. Streaming media to all machines and music to the Xbox360 when I get a chance to play every now and then. I'm thinking about adding a display to have in another room and use it as a family desktop as well. But that's far ahead. For now this is it.

Details
Intel Core i3-3220T 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate2.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load42.0° C
Asus GeForce GT 610 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate810MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.2GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle38.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
Comments
When commenting on a completed build please keep your feedback polite and constructive, particularly if commenting on part choices and possible alternatives.
Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.
Sorted by:
 
 
flyboy86 3 points 13 months ago

For energy consumption the best way to measure is is with a "kill a watt" by p3

 
 
opener05 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

thank you!

 
 
skemble [17 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Cable management is pretty damn good with the Prodigy and having all those drives! Nice part selection too! What did you put the GPU in there for though? More ports on back?

 
 
opener05 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Exactly! I may or may not add in the future another monitor. We don't have room here right know but the idea is to have a monitor other than the TV to surf the web while someone is watching something on the TV. That would also simplify things when doing manual backups/file transfers.

 
 
Edam 1 point 13 months ago

I have one of these planned too. Does RAID 5 allow more space than RAID 1, or does it just give better read performance?

 
 
opener05 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

From what I read online, a lot of people whine about RAID5 being "slow". I'm my opinion is ok, neither fast nor slow. It just works. With the setup I have I get 2 TB storage with the 3 hard drives, I don't know if another array may get you more space.

 
 
Edam 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! You see, I've read that 5 gives better read performance and worse write.

 
 
ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

+1 for the use of chache SSD compared with a RAID 5 configuration.

 
 
SumanIV [1 Build] 0 points 13 months ago

LOL'd so hard when I saw a GT 610, the built in graphics on your cpu are about the same power. loooool.

 
 
opener05 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

how's this funny? I'm not running games on the pc, I don't need more than that

 
 
ghostvally2 0 points 3 months ago

Wated your money on a Gt 610 Wow you sir are a Dumbass

 
 
opener05 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Did you even read the description? I wanted separate video for whatever reason. The onboard HDMI didn't do what I needed it to do.

 
 
ghostvally2 0 points 3 months ago

Wasted money

 
 
godshawk -1 points 13 months ago

I thought that that SSD was a caching drive only... Mind = BLOWN

EDIT: Also, wat Linux are you running?

 
 
opener05 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 13 months ago

Linux Mint Cinnamon. I'll put some more pics and screenshots soon :)

 
 
godshawk 0 points 13 months ago

Ewwwwww, Mint! /sarcasm off

Srsly, at least you're willing to use Linux =D

 
 
opener05 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 13 months ago

Linux ROCKS man! Sure, gaming is difficult if not impossible but it is so much better than Windows... sooooooo much better!

 
 
godshawk 2 points 13 months ago

Yep. Until you spend a week installing Gentoo =D

 
 
TheRealCheekyGit 0 points 13 months ago

Linux Mint Cinnamon. Coffee choice for Linux Mint users. =-D