Description

The goal was to put together a do-it-all machine without breaking the bank. Specifically, it will be used as a NAS, a HTPC, a media/PLEX server, file server, backup server, and also do Steam streaming.

Taking advantage of some great deals, here is what I ended up with:

Base build:

Case: Cougar Spike - It’s cheap, aesthetically pleasing, and has a front USB 3 port. I can nitpick about the non-existent cable management options, poor SSD mount placement/flimsy HDD bracket, and the fact that the PSU doesn’t seem to sit perfectly on the top rails but, hey, it works, and it’s $15.

CPU - AMD 5350 - Great little processor - admittedly, expectations were low, but it handled everything thrown at it like a champ. The only complaint against it is not of the chip itself, but rather the stock cooler - it took WAY too much effort to put on. The temperature sensors also don’t work properly, but, based on experience, both seem par for the course for AMD products.

Mobo - Asus AM1M-A - Cheapest motherboard I can find with a front USB 3 header but, surprisingly, it is also a great board and the only AM1 board to support ECC memory which I'm sure will come in handy in the future.

PSU - Corsair CX430M - The cheapest reputable/modular power supply available. Modularity was a necessity because of the lack of cable management space. Because of the low power draw of the build, it will be operating far from max efficiency, but it will leave room to grow in the future.

RAM - Patriot Gamer 2x4GB - These were leftovers from an old build. RAM is RAM right? No complaints and overkill 99% of the time but I’ll be glad it’s there when I start up Chrome.

SSD - Corsair Force 60GB - Also from the spares bin. Not particularly fast but, really, it just needs to boot.

Variables:

OS: Windows 10 - Given the purpose of this build, Windows was the most logical choice. Sharing through Windows took sometime to learn and configure but once it was up and running, it’s just drag and drop.

HDD - WD Blue 1TB - I have one of these in a different rig and it’s been quiet and reliable. Couldn't resist the price and it's spacious enough for my needs right now. Bigger drives, along with a SATA controller, will be added in the future. There’s not enough drives to consider redundancy yet but it doesn’t seem like a necessity, as aside from replaceable media, all the “mission critical” stuff are backed up and stored elsewhere.

Overall, the system performs well. File sharing through Windows is simple, and basic stuff like streaming 1080p Youtube and playing non-transcoded Plex barely taxed it. It can handle only one transcoding at a time and that is good enough for me. Steam streaming 1080P Diablo 3 from my main desktop (connected wirelessly) works flawlessly.

As mentioned, temperature sensor are not offering correct readings (I’m seeing between 0.9C and 19.3C…) but it seems to run cool and quiet. Power wise, my Kill-A-Watt reads 30W idle and 40W under load - not bad at all!

For $125 (excluding OS and HDD), I think I’ve just added an invaluable resource to our network. For those with similar needs, definitely consider giving the AM1 platform a shot.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats some nice cable management for something housed in a Cougar Spike

+1!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the really cheap and awesome build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Anyway a side from the noob comment great server build you can't beat it for the money!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice might buy and build as well

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that im trying to troll or anything. Its a decent build for the price but I don't believe you built this rig for 125. I would say this would estimate between 225-250. Unless you got some big discount or used parts. But even with decent savings that would probably drop this to 190-200. Other than that it is a nice budgbuild.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

The only component that is "used priced" is the RAM, and even then, it's only a few dollars off the new price.

Keep in mind the OS/storage drives were not included in the price, but yes, otherwise, nothing was purchased at MSRP.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the case, it is really cheap as well considering it has a front USB 3.0 port.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Saving up my money to buy it!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the money, but I will only buy it if it can play games!?!?!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Facebook and some Indie games. It is a server not a gaming PC.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks Nice and cost nothing

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a Example of a amazing PcPartPicker Build. Solid Build List. Great Part reviews. And most of all Great Pictures. Nice build man Love it keep up the good work. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Awesome for $125. The thing is, it will outperform most $500 prebuilts easily ;-;

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • -3 points

How would this even play games at all? ._.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Facebook, some indie games I guess, main purpose is a server.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

No offense but you must be noob.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

#REKT

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Not every completed build in PcPartPicker needs to be for gaming.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

He wants to do steam streaming. Is that not gaming?

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Not every completed build in PcPartPicker needs to be for gaming.

When did I say this PC wasn't for gaming?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, you did say "All-purpose", so...

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Not every completed build in PcPartPicker needs to be for gaming.

When did I say "All-purpose"?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Steam streaming has VERY low requirements, you can run it off practically anything.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't that mean the PC has to run the full game? Or does the Steam Link handle anything?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything is done on the host machine and streamed to the client , so you would need another computer that is capable of handling the game.

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