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The Movie Monster [Plex Build]

by xAvanc



Date Published

June 29, 2016

Date Built

June 28, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C


Ultimately a budget build with enough juice to transcode two 1080p streams simultaneously the i3 seemed a logical choice. After seeing some Plex builds with i7's and i5's it was difficult not to go for something of higher spec.

Anyway! Onto review kinda stuff..

Love the case. Seriously can't go wrong here, plenty of cable management and easy HDD/SSD placement.

Power supply is good enough for my needs.

Love the boot times (7 sec.) with the Samsung SSD, this thing was a ridiculously good investment.

The RAM, cheap and does the job.

Processor tick.

Motherboard? I like all of the features you get for the price but it wasn't very enjoyable to build with and I'm thinking I need at least 6 SATA ports. Damn.

The hard drive was a difficult choice because the Seagate 3TB notoriously has a horrendous failure rate - but according to Blackblaze Seagate 4TB's are almost on par with Western Digital's 4TB's failure rates. Obviously just cheaper. Tick. I don't know whether I should buy 2 more of these things to form a RAID? Tips? Suggestions?

This machine will only be used for video editing and running Plex 24/7 for the fam. I want to build another.

If you read this far, I like computers.

Part Reviews


Great budget mobo. Wish it had 6 SATA ports though for future expansion.


Does what it's used for.


Very fast. Boots into win10 in 7 seconds. Recommend highly.


Fast read/write speeds and runs very quiet. Time will tell how reliable this drive is.


Awesome aesthetics and easy cable management. Only issue is that dust can get in easily through the 400 odd holes on every side of the case. If anyone has a fix for this please get in touch!

Power Supply

Simple and neat.

Comments Sorted by:

Jerome54 2 points 29 months ago

Hey! I like computers too. :-)

xAvanc submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Glad to see someone read my gibberish! hahaha

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 29 months ago
Nice little build. Very solid parts choice.


xAvanc submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago


aventador18 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

pretty nice and clean build. i would suggest you should have got something like a 2tb seagate barracuda just because they have lots of good reviews and they are also reliable.

xAvanc submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks! You're quite right, Backblaze reports an average age of 5 years for their HGST 2TB drives which is pretty damn good.

aventador18 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

well now that you have already bought that hdd i would suggest for the future you get a samsung ssd. they might be expensive, but they are much much faster than any hdd out there, and they have no moving parts, so almost no point of failure from a hardware point

ssaulsbu 1 point 29 months ago

A single Seagate with no fault tolerance? Man, you're either bold or you don't care if you lose your data!

In the future when you want to expand the abilities of that box, you might look into getting another drive or two and running a software-RAID operating system, like freeNAS or unRAID.

xAvanc submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Okay, I might look into freeNAS or unRAID. Cheers for the suggestion! Any data that is precious will be on Google Drive :)

Nickodemous 1 point 29 months ago

Don't you need a video card for freeNAS?

ssaulsbu 1 point 29 months ago

No idea, but I'd suspect Intel graphics on the i3 chip would be fine.

RichiBarri 1 point 29 months ago

How many fan headers mobo has?

xAvanc submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Only 2. Perfect for my needs

Shrimpo 1 point 28 months ago

I thought H110 motherboards didn't support RAID?

3ursk 1 point 28 months ago

Great build! I'm also building something similar to this with the same case (Sugo SG11B) and was wondering if the case feet are detachable by any chance? I'm wanting to put this on my TV shelf but I'm having some clearance issues.

AddisonKwong -2 points 29 months ago

What do u put on ur HDDs? Are they valuable enough that you are willing to spend more on data protection? These are the questions u shud b asking

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Mr.RubyRat 2 points 29 months ago

How? RAID 1 maybe but with half the capacity. Better to back up to external/NAS.