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Opinions?


-SSD: If it has no real helping purpose then I will just use a 1TB WD Blue as primary
-PSU: Corsair CX430M [new semi-modular line]
-CPU Cooler: I already have
-Motherboard Asus P8H77-M LE This shall do? I like Asus so I would like to stick with it, originally I was going to go with H77-I but it was 99$ and I figured this MB would do but opinions are always welcomed.
-PC Case: Choices: Corsair 200R/300R, Corsair 350D [if cheap], NZXT Source 210, LIAN LI PC-K65


USES:
Home Storage
Video Streaming
Music Streaming
Document Sharing

Or a Quad-Core AMD?
Edited by iwalkwithedead - 4/13/13 at 9:53pm
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Just some observations:

SSD is fine and will save you a few Watts long term, but a 2.5" laptop drive (Scorpio Black, 7200RPM) will be cheaper to buy.
A quad-core chip will not benefit you in the context of a NAS.
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Originally Posted by parityboy View Post

@OP

Just some observations:

SSD is fine and will save you a few Watts long term, but a 2.5" laptop drive (Scorpio Black, 7200RPM) will be cheaper to buy.
A quad-core chip will not benefit you in the context of a NAS.

I agree with the drive synopsis, however the quad core would be beneficial for media streaming if transcoding. It all depends on what type of media files you will be storing, what those files will be transcoded to for the end device, and how many streams/trancodes you will have running at a time.

I have a VM with 6 cores that runs SubSonic to transcode FLACs to MP3 over LAN and WAN, as well as Serviio and Plex to transcode 1080p and 720p MKVs to FLV over WAN and various formats over LAN. I could definitely get by with less cores, but I have the power so I am using it.
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Originally Posted by parityboy View Post

@OP

Just some observations:

SSD is fine and will save you a few Watts long term, but a 2.5" laptop drive (Scorpio Black, 7200RPM) will be cheaper to buy.
A quad-core chip will not benefit you in the context of a NAS.
I shop NewEgg, eBay

The WD Black 7200rpm only goes to 750GB and is 80$ NewEgg/73$ eBay
The WD Blue at 5400rpm is 1TB and is 90$ NewEgg/82$ eBay
unless!
You mean just a 160GB which is 55$ but that isn't that much cheaper so the SSD would be better.
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Originally Posted by tycoonbob View Post

I agree with the drive synopsis, however the quad core would be beneficial for media streaming if transcoding. It all depends on what type of media files you will be storing, what those files will be transcoded to for the end device, and how many streams/trancodes you will have running at a time.

I have a VM with 6 cores that runs SubSonic to transcode FLACs to MP3 over LAN and WAN, as well as Serviio and Plex to transcode 1080p and 720p MKVs to FLV over WAN and various formats over LAN. I could definitely get by with less cores, but I have the power so I am using it.

Video Formats for Streaming: 1 or 2 at a time, AVI, MP4, VOB, MKV [DVD and 720p]
Music Formats for Streaming: same ^^, MP3 and M4A [eventually something better]
Word, Excel Documents and Photos

The cheapest Quad-Core that I found on NewEgg of course was an i5 for 180$
That of course is Intel wise, if I were to do with AMD then there are lots of options and cheaper if I went that route
Quad-Core and Six-Core

Thank You both for your input and hopefully continued help thumb.gif
Edited by iwalkwithedead - 4/14/13 at 6:46am
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Ah, then that dual core would work just fine.

However, if you wanted a quad core for server use...I would highly recommend the Xeon E3-1230v2 (Quad core with HyperThreading). It runs at 3.3GHz (turbo to 3.7), 69W TDP and runs about $230. Great CPU that can do decent virtualization for a home environment if you wanted. From the sounds of it, it wouldn't be needed unless you wanted extra power. Your streams would probably perform better, but who knows if it would be noticeable.
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