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.
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.
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!
Simple and neat.