Good point. I should have known better as the prices for my completed builds never reflect what I actually paid either.
I like how the title says low budget and the price says $2785.55+. haha Nice build though. Beastly workstation.
Nice setup. I'm currently in the process of redoing my Plex server with a 2650 v2 which would be about half the processing power of your dual CPU setup. haha Gotta say though, I think your pretty much picked the best of everything and this is a beastly Plex server.
Same issue here. Went to update a build and no photos will upload.
It's running Windows 10 since that's what I'm most familiar with and I can easily use remote desktop to control it from another PC.
I have 315 movies and 141 TV series stored. :D Worst part is I'm running out of space and will need some more in the near future I think.
I hate RGB but that's the only negative I can say about this build. This machine is a beast and for a first build, stellar job. Also, welcome to PC gaming on a TV. I've been gaming on a 65" LED for the past few years and love it!
I would recommend every part of this build as I have no regrets with any of them. The GPU is the weakest link, but I wasn't will to spend an additional $150 CAD plus tax to step up to a 2070 or 1080 Ti.
haha I could care less the colour since the PC sits beside my entertainment center and the inside is never seen. I do believe black fans would allow them to sell more since a lot of people do care about the colour. I will admit, the brown/beige is ugly.
I don't get it either. I find most of the time it looks tacky and the rest of the time the inside of their PC is brighter then the monitor it's sitting beside. haha
You have to set the fan a little higher on the heat sink compared to the middle fan due to the ram height. The fan still sits low enough to provide good cooling though and you can place the fan at any height so no issues there. To be honest, the fan over the ram just barely lets me put the glass side of the case on all the way. It is a very tight fit, so if you use this case your fine but I'm not sure how well it will fit in other cases.
The dream machine and no RGB. A+
Thanks! It's quite an upgrade from my 3570K machine.
Ok. Thanks for the reply.
What settings did you change in the BIOS to get the overclock? I have the same setup coming and looking into the same overclock. I know you changed the ratio to 50 and vcore to 1.3, but did you change any other settings?
I don't know the exact figure but I built it around the cheapest per power consumption cpu at the time.
Nice build. That should be plenty fast for a NAS.
I ended up going with the NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) do to it not looking to bad on its side, 8 internal drive bays, and most of all, cheap cost.
Nice build. I was looking for a case like that for my server build so I could lay it on its side but they all have barely any internal bays. Works great for your application.
Nice build! The PSU is a little overkill but other then that its perfect. And damn I want that storage space. hehe
Cool build. Nice to see parts get reused and put into something like this. Just goes to show ya that you don't need new fancy parts to run a HTPC.
Cool build! I was looking at putting one of these CPU's in my server but could't find a MOBO with the amount of SATA ports I wanted to go with it. Like seeing builds like this.
Just a follow up on the G1840. Watched a 1080 remux with no issues. The G1840 is more then capable in this regard. Task manager reported 30-35% usage on the CPU when playing the movie.
So far so good. Its only been up and running a few days and I'm still setting things up but I think it will do everything I want easily. It's running Windows 8.1 Pro for the OS. It runs Utorrent (seeding around 500 files currently) and FileZilla 24/7. Also have some other management tools running like an auto defrag, disk monitor, etc. I haven't tested it at playing 1080p since it won't really be doing such but I can do so shortly and let you know my results. Im pretty sure it will do so with ease though.
As for hard drives, I've actually never had a drive failure in my 20 yrs of PC usage. Lucky I guess. lol In fact, the Seagate 2TB hard drive in this machine has been powered on for 60,997 hours according to Crystal Disk Info and still runs perfectly! I have seen the data before though that you mentioned. Eventually I will be adding some more drives and doing a RAID setup to prevent loss in case of a failure. Not that I'm all that concerned with it but it would be nice.
Thanks. Windows 8.1 Pro with shared folders like you said. Works for my needs and I'm one of the few that likes Windows 8.1. lol Plus this allows me to use UTorrent easily with this machine and run a FTP. I just use remote desktop from my gaming rig to control it so I don't need a second keyboard or anything.
Still lovin the nine hundred myself. The case has seen a few setups in it now and I don't know if I'll ever part with it. lol
I thought I had an original one as well but I guess not. Bought it like 7 years ago but it must be a second version or something looking at pics online. It has the cut outs but no USB 3.0. They really are great cases.
Incredibly heavy is right! This case ways like 5 times as much, or more, then my server case. lol
Thanks! Ive had this case for like 7 years now and its still a great case, has great cooling and is rugged. I couldn't justify upgrading the motherboard and CPU for the money considering I wouldn't really get any gain FPS wise in gaming. This machine is strictly for gaming and as a HTPC. It did serve double duty as my server until I recently upgraded it with the video card and built a new dedicated server PC.
Thanks! My only advice would be patience and really thinking it through. That being said, it wasn't fun trying to get things to go and sit where I actually wanted them to. lol
I had a Core2Duo in this case aswell. That Duo is now powering my HTPC upstairs. Thanks for the complement on cable management. Ill tell ya it is a big PITA on these cases as im sure your brother can attest to. lol
Ive run my 212 Evo for the last 2.5 years on a i5 3570K @ 4.7GHZ and its been up to the task.
Go big or go home as they say. Nice build.
Your welcome. Im doing a server build with the elite version of that case. My pics wont look nearly as good though. lol
Pictures look very professional. You sure do have some skill with a camera.
Wow. Now thats some abstract wiring. Props for even getting it to run while trying to properly hook things up. LOL Seriously though, you really should tidy that up some. Not only will it look better but it will increase airflow.
Very nice setup. Dont think I would change a thing other then hook this up to my 60" plasma. My XFX 290X kills every game I throw it at. Couldnt imagine the framerates your getting with two. lol
Thanks ill have to check them out. It definitely makes the case look better when its laying on its side with feet.
I like this idea too. So much I think ill copy the idea for my upcoming server build. What did you use for the feet?
I ordered a bunch of parts for a new build a couple days ago and we got pummeled by snow today. Hoping it doesnt slow things up. lol
I dont think you can go wrong with any 980. They are sweet cards.
Nice selection of internals. That PC will serve you well for many years to come.
The R9 290 on average gets 35-40% more frames per second in the real world. If you game higher resolutions then 1080p, you definately want the 290. Passmark is a bit misleading since their scores are hard to relate to in terms of gaming. Better comparison would be Toms. http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2015-vga-charts/compare,3665.html?prod%5B7201%5D=on&prod%5B7378%5D=on
Id stick with the OPs original build and just add a r9 290 for like the extra $25 over the GTX 960. The 960 is kind of a joke. And no im not an AMD fanboy. In fact I rocked a GTX 660 for the last couple years and would have bought the 960 if it was on par price and performance wise as the AMD cards. I ended up getting an R9 290 that I unlocked to a R9 290X for $40 more then it would have cost me for a GTX 960. If anyone is looking to do the same, XFX 290 cards have had good unlocking success.
Updated original post with changes. Still wondering if I should get this CPU or go with the g3220. Note motherboard will be swapped if needed to cheapest 6 port SATA at time of ordering since different boards go on sale almost daily.
That looks better.
I would say yes you need a different PSU. 650W is the bare minimum id go with. Ive heard some people use a quality 650W without issue but to be on the safe side, id definately go for the 750W. The 500W just isnt enough. The 290 is a power hungry card and can suck up to ~300W of power on its own.
This AMD A8-5600K has double the TDP at max for pretty much same performance. That kinda kills that as an option aswell.