Description

This build is a bit of a departure from my most recent previous build (see that one here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Km2 )

Firstly, if you don't like the PCPP image format, check out the imgur album here: http://imgur.com/a/uANCa

Alfred is going to take on a multifunctional role in the house. We're cutting the cord (DirecTV) shortly, and at the same time, we didn't want to lose the ability to record some of our frequently watched shows. Originally, I was going to go with the low power i3-4130T, but after reflection, I realized that the possible trans-coding could take more CPU than that i3 affords, so I bumped to the i5-4570S. The i5-4570S is a bit more power efficient than the rest of that line, so it will keep things nice, cool, and quiet; all a part of the design mind-frame.

Additionally, I've been needing a new NAS to replace my aging RAID1 500GB Buffalo array. The Buffalo has been reliable, but its time has come, as we've had to be quite aggressive on what we keep/delete, and I'd like a bit more room.

The RAM was purchased in concert with the CPU in a bundle on NewEgg. Originally, I was going to go with the Sniper low-voltage RAM, but once I bumped the CPU up, I wanted to bring the costs back down.

The motherboard is a thing of beauty...6 SATA lanes in a mini-ITX form factor, with lane 3_4 (SATA bus 5) being shared with an under-mount mSATA! So I took advantage of that and picked up the 64GB mSATA from Plextor. Let me tell you, this is an excellent way to handle the OS storage. It keeps it nicely out of the way and leaves the rest of the case available for all the drives you can muster! (As a side note, bus 6 is shared with the eSATA, but I won't be using eSATA in this build.)

The case is a lovely case. It's been seen in a number of builds, so I'm sure most are familiar with it. I couldn't talk my wife into the white version of the case, but that's fine; both have lovely form. It's great that there's a case for mini-ITX that has so much room for full size storage. Its minimal design makes it fit in nicely into the background of wherever it lives.

The Hauppauge is a dual tuner that fits perfectly into any PCI-E slot. It does the trick quite lovely. I've already tested recording with both tuners at once. I can do that and stream 2 separate shows from Plex at the same time without the server hiccuping.

My favorite piece of the build is the SeaSonic 80+ Platinum fan-less power supply. At 400W, I won't struggle for juice, but with no fan to cause the noise level to rise, the case is quite the quiet beast.

I've got the system running a highly stripped-down Ubuntu 13.10. (I wanted some of the newer features beyond the LTS 12.04 version.) MythTV, MythWeb, MythicalLibrarian, and Plex are all installed and are working in concert to schedule and record live TV, and then serve it up to the various Roku 3 boxes attached to each TV in the house, or to any other device. After a show is recorded, MythicalLibrarian works its magic to move the MPEG into a directory structure with naming conventions that Plex can use. Shortly after a show is recorded, it then shows up in the Plex libraries ready to watch. MythWeb makes scheduling easy, and I'm pulling down schedule data from Schedules Direct.

I enjoyed this build quite a bit, and it was very different from my gaming rig. I'm considering using this motherboard in a NES PC build with that mSATA under-mount feature. Good stuff all around, and I welcome the comments. Thanks in advance for looking!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 6 points

Here in lies the perfect example of you should take pictures of your build! Very nice. Long live Plex Media Server too!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Most definitely!

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks for showing how the mSATA SSD is installed! I didn't know you could have the wifi module AND mSATA storage at the same time.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. No problem.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Upvote for the name.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank you, sir!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very creative :P Nice computer too.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Does that TV Tuner work reasonably well? I'm considering it for my next build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It works great.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the stock cooker for noise? I'm preparing to build something very similar in the same case. Is there are use for the wifi? I would assume this would be hard wired into the network right?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

In this build, since it's so low heat, the stock cooler is fine. You really can't even hear the box except for the very very low hum in the background.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

was it a problem connecting the ATX with those tall rams? i tried putting all 3 hdd bays but i could connect atx cable cause it's either blocking the second ram slot or blocking the second hd bay. the cable is very hard (cx430m), don't know how to route it with 3 hd cages.. ;(

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem here...

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

some small datacenter?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a multi-purpose server.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice one. I am wondering how is the power consumption like?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty damn low. I don't have it measured out, but most of the time, it's pretty dormant, and everything is fairly low power draw on it.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

im planning to build one myself and my target us not more than 50W. any tips on how to achieve that without sacrificing performance and speed?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Just for the name.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Why no ECC RAM?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Because ECC is not really necessary considering the price hop.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Bit old at this point, but I can't tell from the photos: would you have had room for a full length GPU with that PSU?

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The Hauppauge is a tuner card to capture TV signal.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

No. I'm capturing signal from an over-the-air antenna. One of the purposes of this box is to eliminate my DirecTV connection, so this will help pull TV signal from the air and record it so that I can watch it wherever I please.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I get locally broadcast stations. It's basically all the networks, PBS, a bunch of crappy religious or shopping channels. The plan is to augment the broadcast/PBS stations with something else like Netflix/Hulu+/Amazon Prime; those are much cheaper than paying DirecTV.