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Budget plex server / web surfer
by oberon13
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Description

Well this is my first (official) build. I work IT for a living and constantly repair computers, but this is my first actual build from the ground up! My laptop finally died on me, so I figured I'd just build something since I've always had the itch. Outside of work I usually just use my PC for media, so my needs were modest.

-CPU - Went with the pentium since it had a lot of good reviews for the price range, so far its perfect for what I need, no hiccups even when accessing all 4 drives at once.

-MB - Cheap, supports haswell, and had the perfect number of sata ports.

-Ram - Got it for free from a scrapped PC, will probably buy legit ram in the future if I ever upgrade.

-HDD/SSD - had the SSD in my laptop and it works great, speeds are quick, boot time is blazing. no complaints. all the hard drives were externals, now I got to scrap the enclosures, toss the cables, and everything is already connected!

-Case - Reaaaaaally like the mITX cases, and this one had a lot of good reviews. Airflow so far is great, and has plenty of room for HDD's.

-PS - definately wanted something modular with the tiny case, more than enough power for what i've got, and can't go wrong with corsair!

-OS - Also free from student alliance with microsoft. (I also secretly really like w8!)

-keyboard - no batteries is wonderful.

**added a higher wattage PSU incase I add any upgrades, I was able to return the cx430m for the cx600m, and actually will save a few extra $$ after the rebate!

Details
Date PublishedJune 6, 2014
Date BuiltJune 1, 2014
Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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pegotico 5 points 5 months ago

+1 , no harm done using a SSD which you had laying around!!

 
 
Retroman 2 points 5 months ago

nice, you fit a ton of drives in that tiny form factor case, pretty sweet +1

 
 
adampski [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

A serious +1 for not getting the i3. I've got the same processor for my server, and for a server it's pretty overkill, I might consider this CPU for other builds with seriously low requirements.

 
 
Riggings [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Almost 5.5TB's for $232 plus cpu to boot! My wife would love this build and so do I!

 
 
TooGood [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

From what I've heard the WD Green drives can be kind of dodgy. I would recommend watching them closely. Good build though, plus 1.

 
 
FreeFireXI [3 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Any HDD can be dodgy. Some more than others, but I can say I've had mine in my server for the better part of a couple years basically 24/7. This was also before Red drives became a big thing... want to switch now >.<

 
 
schroldgames 1 point 5 months ago

That is extremely clean for that tiny of a case! +1 for getting all that stuff in such a small case! Nice build!

 
 
Rawr 1 point 5 months ago

Dude samsung ram is good ram. Not sure how you're gonna go more legit.

Anyway, nice build!

 
 
Watchful 1 point 5 months ago

Congratulations on your first official build and a very nice job.

For some reason this reminds me of my first build. I was in the IT field working mainframes at the time. My first processor was an 8088. Nice work and thanks for the memories.

 
 
elpidio [7 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

That is alot of HD's in a little box. Nice build.

 
 
gdlgiii [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Nice. How is the performance of that CPU when transcoding on the fly? That is my dilema I am facing in making a decision on a CPU choice. I have a P4 that I am looking at replacing and looking at this processor but also the new lower end Haswell Refresh i3's due to my requirements. I am looking at my Plex box transcoding 2 streams at the same time.

 
 
oberon13 [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Haven't run into any issues yet! I stream to a rasplex and my roomates xbox. The only issues so far have been more from our ATT router than the server itself!

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] -1 points 5 months ago

Not sure the SSD is needed for this build's purposes, but everything else about it is fantastic for the price and need. Well done.

 
 
oberon13 [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

This is still my main home pc for web surfing and stuff, and its nice to have all my parts consolidated into 1 box :)

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Righto, thought it was just a plex box.

 
 
FreeFireXI [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Plex Box One is my favorite!

 
 
DDawg426 2 points 5 months ago

Well, it does ensure that he can boot faster, and leaves the HDDs for his Plex media.