Description

This is my first build from the scratch. I am now using it as a home media server running plex, remote login form windows and other basic file backup solution.

bold COMPONENTS:

bold i3 6100 3.7Ghz Processor: A worthy, budget and valuable processor that handles transcoding of home videos for Plex. I am using the stock fan that comes with the processor. It is more than enough for

bold Asus H110M-E/M.2 motherboard: Cool Micro ATX Motherboard, looks very simple, easy to assemble into the case. This is slightly different from Asus H110M-A/M.2 which has DVI port and the motherboard that I bought does not have DVI. I choose M-E version because I use HDMI only and i got this for $35 AR. Both support M.2 sata.

bold Corsair 500W 80+Bronze Power Supply: After thinking twice i went with this power supply. There are other better PSU out there but i got this for 30$ AR and grabbed it. 500W is more than enough as i am not planning to play heavy games. No graphic card intented. My PC will not run 24/7, maybe max 8 hrs a day. This Non modular is enough as my case is pretty big and not very crowded. The fan is quiet, handles the system well.

bold Corsair 1x8GB 2133Mhz DDR4 RAM: Simple, does the job. I am not overclocking so this is more than enough. Kingston Hyper was suddenly not available and went with this and happy with it.

bold PNY CS1311 120GB SSD: After heavy thought i went for this to be used as a boot drive. It runs Xubuntu and boots in 3-4 seconds. Does the job, fast enough to be used a boot drive and is just 120GB. Worth the money. If you are going for a drive with higher capacity, choose the brand and model carefully.

bold WD Blue 1TB EZEX model: Again this is fast enough for me as i am using this as media drive. Stores my home videos (GBs of videos from DSLR, iphone and digital cameras) and plays it through Plex into my TV. Worth the money.

bold DVD Drive - external: A simple ASUS DVD Drive capable or writing DVD and CD - 10$ AR

bold Case: Thermaltake Core V21: This is an overkill for my build. My pc is not crowded with components. My build does not even overclock, no GPU, no extra fans, no fancy lights... But why this case? Simply it looks cool, well built for the price, gels with my tv, home theatre. It gives me a feel of what is happening inside. I got this for 35$ AR which is super cool. This case is well built for the price. Some PC assemblers by profession complain this is a bit flimsy, but i think for the price point, it is well built. Has a 200mm fan sucking cool air which is more than enough for my build. This is the only case fan i have.

bold Operating System: I am a windows guy - School, College, Office - its Windows everywhere. BUT my whole build cost 340$ (as of Black Friday 2016) and buying 150$ windows does not make sense. (100$ windows home version does not spport remote hosting.) So i went with XUBUNTU 16.04. It is unofficially supported by Asus MOtherboard, install is a breeze.This linux distro is secured than Windows. It can share drive with Windows machine so that i can copy files from my wife's Windows laptop. It can run Plex server. I can install xRDP (remote desktop host) and i can access this server from Windows or Mac. My build is headless (does not have monitor). All i do is switch on the PC power button which auto login into the OS as a user. I use either my windows laptop or Mac or my tablet to remote login into the PC and download/upload legal movies, home videos, copy from and to other systems in the same network. This is the build running plex server, I can access the movies/home videos from devices like TV through Roku Plex App, tablet through Plex app for android/apple. I can play it in my cell phone, i can access it from my home theatre (Bose has built in app to stream from nas or local PC)

This build helped me connect my home network perfectly.

Future: Add a simple NAS to store the files, this PC to process those files and TV to play the files.

bold COST: I spent close to 340$ after rebate (i am yet to receive the rebate amount :P) for this system.

i3 6100 + Asus H110 + 8G DDR4 + 120GB SSD + 1TB WD Blue + Core V21 Case + 500W Power supply + External DVD Drive - All for 340$ AR.

Part Reviews

CPU

A worthy, budget and valuable processor that handles transcoding of home videos for Plex. I am using the stock fan that comes with the processor. It is more than enough for

Motherboard

Cool Micro ATX Motherboard, looks very simple, easy to assemble into the case. This is slightly different from Asus H110M-A/M.2 which has DVI port and the motherboard that I bought does not have DVI. I choose M-E version because I use HDMI only and i got this for $35 AR. Both support M.2 sata.

Memory

Simple, does the job. I am not overclocking so this is more than enough. Kingston Hyper was suddenly not available and went with this and happy with it.

Storage

After heavy thought i went for this to be used as a boot drive. It runs Xubuntu and boots in 3-4 seconds. Does the job, fast enough to be used a boot drive and is just 120GB. Worth the money. If you are going for a drive with higher capacity, choose the brand and model carefully.

Storage

Again this is fast enough for me as i am using this as media drive. Stores my home videos (GBs of videos from DSLR, iphone and digital cameras) and plays it through Plex into my TV. Worth the money.

Case

This is an overkill for my build. My pc is not crowded with components. My build does not even overclock, no GPU, no extra fans, no fancy lights... But why this case? Simply it looks cool, well built for the price, gels with my tv, home theatre. It gives me a feel of what is happening inside. I got this for 35$ AR which is super cool.This case is well built for the price. Some PC assemblers by profession complain this is a bit flimsy, but i think for the price point, it is well built. Has a 200mm fan sucking cool air which is more than enough for my build. This is the only case fan i have.

Power Supply

After thinking twice i went with this power supply. There are other better PSU out there but i got this for 30$ AR and grabbed it. 500W is more than enough as i am not planning to play heavy games. No graphic card intented. My PC will not run 24/7, maybe max 8 hrs a day. This Non modular is enough as my case is pretty big and not very crowded. The fan is quiet, handles the system well.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Your formatting is wrong. If you wanted to make "COMPONENTS" bold, then you do

**COMPONENTS**

Like COMPONENTS

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Steam Build +1

Few Questions: - May I ask how the overall experience with Linux is and how it can be used from a TV? - How does the i3 6100 hold up when doing playback/running programs?

You should also consider looking into Kodi as well. Kodi now supports Plex and has many addon features :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Apologies for a late reply.

I planned to use Xubuntu as headless. But right now my setup is: 1. Connect this desktop using hdmi to my av receiver. 2. Connect Roku to my AV receiver 3. Connect AV receiver out to my TV. Its samsung 1080p tv only so all is syncing well.

The desktop is running plex server. So all my home videos gets transcoded and runs in PLex client through Roku.

I also have Kodi running in the Desktop. Since Roku does not support Kodi, I directly play it from PC using setup in point 1 and 3.

This setup is controllled by a universal remote. But just one problem. When i change from PC (desktop) to Roku and PC again, the PC does not give signal to TV. So TV shows "No signal from HDMI.." To counter this i wrote a script and assigned a shortcut key to signal the TV from PC. So all i do is: Press TV remote button which is configured for PC. Now the TV shows no signal. Now press that shortcut key (i assigned CTRL+T). The PC screen shows up on TV and now i use PC as TV. The "how to script" can be found here:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/786087/xubuntu-16-04-monitor-display-no-signal-after-turned-off

I think i answered your 1st Q. To answer 2nd Q: I did not encounter any problem while running Kodi or Plex. I only transcode to one destination (roku). So i have no issues right now. ALl my home videos are taken from iphone 6 or my dslr. So it is all .MOV container files. They transcode easily. I have problem running videos taken in vertical orientation and 1080p. If i change to 720P in Plex i have no problems. Apart from this my setup is golden.

If my family is watching programs in Roku and if i want to access PC, then i will use my laptop and connect using remote desktop.

Xubuntu is supporting all this. :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You So Much for the detailed response!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

You welcome :)