Seems so over kill for a Plex Server to me.. . . .
It depends on how much video transcoding hes going to do. It puts heavy strain on the processor. I'm streaming to 4 devices simultaneously and I went with a 3.2 xeon e3 quad _^
I completely agree. Once transcoding comes into play, CPU requirements start to jump quite a bit. The choice of an i5 is completely within reason in that aspect. The only thing I'm not sure on is why he went with an external video card as the integrated CPU one is good enough. The only thing I can think of is maybe an issue with the audio. The build is kind of pricey overall for its proposed use.
Yeah I'm not sure. He should probably be running this headless anyway. I don't think WD Caviar Greens are the way to go with a server either though if we're critiquing. They aren't made for the long haul. There is also no reason to have an SSD as the server should be running 24/7. Reduced boot times wouldn't matter because you're rarely booting.
I thought the same thing too with the SSD. Heck, even the RAM would be considered overkill as 4gig should be fine as well.
Yeah if he is only using this for Plex. If he plans on creating VM's or anything he would probably need more. Idk what his plan is though
yeah, a description would be nice... LOL. But if he was using it for VM's, the k series CPU would be a very poor choice as it doesn't support vt-d.
Love silverstone for HTPC cases. Had mine for a few years now and it's great. Overall nice build. Would like to see the guts. i5 is a bit much for a media server isnt' it? I've heard the green drives don't like to be in a RAID; have you tried?
i5 3570k on an H77 board? also if you are just running a file sever and htpc you could have used a i3.
Seems good to me. i3 might have done the job, but i5 makes sure everything runs fast :)
Heck, a pentium dual core might have done the job.
Yep. But i5 will do it a heck of a lot faster.
hum a sempron 145 single core 45$ it fast enough to run 720p video so a cheap dual core can do the job My file server is on a pentium M 1.6 and it run fine
A Semperon 145 would choke on Plex as soon as something needed transcoded. I know my old overclocked Opteron 146 did. The recommended minimum on the website is a core2duo.
Man what a beast...seems like mega overkill to me too as person below said..but I guess if I had the money I'd go overkill too..but I don't :(
So months and months later, the build has served me super well...if anyone of you guys is still watching (i forgot to watch for comments :( ) i can go over what worked the best