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Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $339.99 (Purchased)
CPU Cooler $95.99 (Purchased)
Motherboard $159.99 (Purchased)
Memory $409.99 (Purchased)
Storage $377.99 (Purchased)
$219.99 (Purchased)
$219.99 (Purchased)
Case $159.99 (Purchased)
Power Supply $108.99 (Purchased)
Other $11.69 (Purchased)
$0.00 (Purchased)
Total (Purchased): $2104.60
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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Jailout2000 submitter 1 point 4 months ago

-- snippet from a chat with someone --

the video card and intel cpu were picked because of video transcoding 8k 12-bit h265/hevc + multiple streams; motherboard because most feature support + no ridiculous things like killer gaming ethernet or **** like that; ram because gotta_go_fast.gif; hard disks because best bang for buck, trusted brand, personal experience tells me they're quiet, 6x 6GB = 6x read/3x write gain with 18TB+ capacity in raid 10 or lvm striped, and 6x 256mb cache = 1.5gb effective cache; 512gb 970 pro m.2 ssd because pci-e ssd speed, warranty period, personal experience with reliability, and linux doesn't need much and nor does plex's databases/thumbnails/cache nor does deluge or other system files; cpu cooler because gotta_keep_cool.jpg and it's compatible with cpu and case; case because silent and expandable and great wire mgmt; power supply because this machine will be on 24/7/365, power savings and power delivery/reliability are important, and though 500w is needed the 750w was cheaper in the titanium/platinum standard; :thumbsup:

did research for i7-8700k and best ram speed, ddr4-3200 with cl14 is best. [0] did research for plex hardware accelerated streaming[1], needs intel cpu with quick sync video or nvidia gpu[2], and cannot be a VM unless VM is given exclusive gpu access through hyper-v (not virtualbox)[3]

[0] https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Core_i7_8700K_Coffee_Lake_Memory_Performance_Benchmark_Analysis/11.html [1] https://support.plex.tv/articles/115002178853-using-hardware-accelerated-streaming/ [2] https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/981372/geforce-basics/which-gpus-support-hevc-a-k-a-h-265-/ [3] https://forums.plex.tv/t/hardware-transcoding-on-a-vm/208918

generosity: - +1 or +3 hdds, mobo and case support 8 max, 1 spare is good to have around, better performance/capacity with more hdds, could also upgrade 6tb->8tb maybe - 2x more ddr4 sticks for 64gb instead of 32gb ram - 90-degree sata cables for hdds - 1tb 970 pro ssd instead of 512gb

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W
Corsair - H110i 113 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
G.Skill - Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 29W - 29W
Western Digital - Black 5 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Western Digital - Black 5 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Samsung - 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 60W - 189W
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