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Buddy's HTPC Build

by cheshirecat289



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A buddy of mine wanted an HTPC that he could use for photo editing, movie, Massive Storage (server) and many other applications. After much himming and hawing he decided to go with this setup.

Build was relatively smooth. The HTPC case was GORGEOUS. Windows Experience rating is attached.

He is quite happy with the machine.

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Nepgear 4 points 48 months ago

Could have gotten some WD 2TB Green for about $89 each instead of 6 1TB drives for about almost the same price as the other.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

Very nice. I love Silverstone's HTPC cases!

Why so many 1TB HDDs as opposed to 2,3, or 4TB drives?

cheshirecat289 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

He wanted to do a rotating back-up solution. Have a 1TB drive with Movies and 1TB drive with Pictures and Music (yes he has that much stuff). Then the swappable drives would be used to constantly backup and have (2) backups at any given time (1) backup in a safe off site location, the other in the swap drive and rotate every other week for storage.

It is what he wanted to do. He bought the goodies I was the assembler :).

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Zeus 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Probably could have saved a little bit of money by going with 2tb or 3tb drives. Other than that, great build! should suite your friends intended uses perfectly.

IAMRESTLESS 1 point 48 months ago

You could have literally bought 2-3TB HDD's and saved more money and gotton a much more powerful GPU/processor.

Gamerdude105 1 point 46 months ago

Radeon 7770 in an i5 build? Why?

JdoubleG 1 point 35 months ago

Nice anti-static. Safety first.

Jozmtr 0 points 44 months ago

So what is HPTC?

spongebob123 2 points 43 months ago

home theatre personal computer

xshadowinxbc 2 Builds -1 points 48 months ago

I'm really confused about the "himming" and "hawing" involved, because he could have made a much better system with more storage capacity and reliable components for $1600 than that thing. I mean to put things into perspective, he spent more on the OS than you did on any of the parts! =_=;

You should have advised him against this.

I also read your rotating backup thing above... Way too much redundancy, I don't see how he's going to keep up with the backups. Also, why no UPS & Surge Protector combo if the data is that important? There's RAID6, but I suppose that's not enough redundancy for him.

cheshirecat289 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Trust me I advised him of his options.

No matter what I said or recommended he had it set in his mind on how he wanted to do it. I have dropped lines on other options. I am sure he has set up other storage arrays since (or at least I hope so).

Thanks again for having a look at it.


chowsownsomepizza 1 Build -3 points 48 months ago

You could have found cheaper 16 Gb RAM. I dont think 16 GB is enough for a server.

FreeFireXI 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

While I agree with the less expensive set of 16GB, it is more than enough for a server. Mine is running on 8.

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