Description

I put this system together to stream a live broadcast of the local roller derby team. It's running VidBlaster Studio edition to switch between 4 HD cameras (I have 2 Blackmagic Decklink Duo PCIe cards installed for pulling in the feeds). Really a great system thus far but will possibly need to upgrade the CPU to an i7 as it is pushing the limits on CPU usage when streaming. This i5 was something I got from a buddy at a huge discount so no major loss if I switch it out.

The whole set up is in a Logisis 4U rackmount case that is housed in 6U flight case with a power distribution unit and vent taking up the other 2 rack spaces. I call it the Beast because it just looks like a seriously mean piece of equipment.

There are actually 4 of the seagate barracuda 2TB drives. 2 of them are set up in a RAID array fro recording the live footage. The other two are for storing the final edits and other media pool items used in the production. The SSD houses all the OS and program software.

If I get time to put them together I'll post the benchmarking results

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Comments

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting use, and an i7 would be a good idea, and I always try to go with a modular PSU.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally. Someone who actually has a use for an i7... and they go with an i5. Anyway, nice build, and you said you could a discount on the i5, so it's fine if you have to upgrade.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been a fantastic system thus far. The i5 is performing flawlessly, overclocked a bit (although I forget by how much ;) The broadcast software actually issued an update that improved the performance dramatically (it wasn't using the cores efficiently...)

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

If youre going to upgrade to an i7 would you be willing to sell the i5?

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Most people have already mentioned it but upgrade to the i7 whenever you get the chance, otherwise this build is good for what you need it to do.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I strongly recommend when you get the i7 that you get a 2011 board too if the problem is not enough threads, you'd get an extra 4 threads (12) over a 3770(k) if you get a 3930k, and it will also take up to 64GB of RAM in quad channel.

Also when I saw it i thought you had it in some shockproof case (which I guess it is for a server flight case)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Well...over a year later and it's still a fantastic system. The performance hit I was getting while streaming live was solved by a software update within VidBlaster.

I did end up switching out to a Cooler Master Storm Trooper case. The one I had was fine, but was a bit unwieldy and the power switch failed. Minor stuff really, but after browsing around a bit I decided the CM case suited me better.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you overclocking? That would help.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, been off this site for a while...life is nuts. Yes the system is overclocked, although at this point I forget by exactly how much. It's been perfectly stable ever since the build and is more than capable of everything I'm throwing at it after an update to the broadcast software, so I have no intent of upgrading to an i7 processor. I'll be building another system specific to some other uses and am considering that...

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm sure this is not for gaming correct cause the GPU is a bit bad.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Read the description.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

Upgrade that GPU

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

It's for streaming and recording, not gaming.

  • 86 months ago
  • -1 points

What's the point of making a 1000$ pc that doesn't have an alright gpu?

  • 86 months ago
  • 4 points

because he would never use the power. It would be a waste of money. Money that he would get from downgrading things he needs like a CPU

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