Description

I decided it was time to build a new computer. The old Dell Optiplex 755 had been upgraded as much as I could and I was still getting stuttering on Plex movies.

I play occasional games, but mostly this system is to support 900+ movies and 4 Roku TVs, along with smartphones. It can handle the latest Plex Media Manager, and do encoding on movies. I plan to add 2 additional Corsair fans, and replace the slightly older graphics card with something newer. Still undecided and I am open to any suggestions? Budget is around $200 for the GPU.

The 3 WD 1TB drives are configured in a Raid 5, with the OS on the SSD. The other 2 drives are re-purposed from previous computers. This is the first Raid I've set up and it wasn't very difficult to do.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Can anyone tell me what is so great about that CPU cooler that it is so highly recommended?

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

It's quiet, easy to install, and is compatible with a lot of different boards.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I've always wondered why it was so popular...and you left off one part, it's affordable.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

True. Other good things about it. It comes with the additional parts to install a 2nd fan to the cooling tower. I have not done that yet, but have the option in the future.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I was able to get a NZXT Havik 140 for 18 bucks!! Such a steal :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't give it easy to install. (personally) Also that was my first time installing an advanced cpu cooler.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I installed one today for the first time, and it only took 20 minutes.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

hi performance/money and good performance/size

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Go for a GTX 770 if you have the cash, great build by the way.

+1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

If you only play occasional games, a 7850 or 7870 would be perfectly suitable for this build, plus they are not too expensive.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build :), I actually have that Dell monitor to the right of your main monitor.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

why so many hard drives if you want to put it in raid you really only need two

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Raid 5 requires 3. The SSD is for the OS. The other 2 HD's were used in previous systems, so I bought them a year ago or so.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any issues with the cooler clearing the Ram sticks?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

It just barely fits in there. Very tight. But it fits.

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

Why the hell would you buy a ''6670''? You could get a GT card or even a R7 240/250 for that price. 6670 is outdated and underpowered, not so much for movies, but for games, which you say you play occasionally.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I pulled it out of my Dell Optiplex 755. Bought it over a year ago, and the i7 chip has decent enough graphics for Plex. But I might as well use the 6670 until I can afford something in the $200+ price range.

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

Like it. Upgrade that GPU though.

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

$1800 to spend and you got a 6670?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually no. The 6670 was used in an old Dell Optiplex 755 and I am reusing it until I can afford something newer. The 4770 has decent graphics, and I'm not a big gamer, but I'd like some sort of GPU when I can afford one.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered it, but didn't plan to overclock, so no need.

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