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Prebuilt or Build My Own? - $750 budget server

post #1 of 8
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Hello OCN,

Looking to see about upgrade options for my ASUSTOR AS-604T 2.13 GHz. I am currently running two 4TB HDDs in Raid 1. Recently my performance has been degrading (slowed transfer speeds, plex is lagging here and there) and I am considering upgrading the server or just building my own.

I have everything wired with cat5e and on a 1GB network setup so I am not blaming the networking for the recent performance snafus - I believe it truly is my current server.

I wanted to see what you guys thought would be best to do. Budget is under $750. I will need capability of adding at least 2 more HDDs in the future for a Raid 5 setup.

Keep in mind this server will be running 24/7 so wattage is important to me. Prefer to keep it small too so if I was to build my own I would prefer mini-itx if possible.

Must haves:

- Ability to stream PLEX (transcoding 1080p to multiple devices)
- Ability for 4+ HDDs
- Budget of at or under $750 (remember, I already have the HDDs I need at the moment so don't factor that into cost)
- Preferably low wattage so I can run 24/7 without worrying about the electric bill
- Fast transfer speed (already networked for 1GB/cat5e)

Thank you!
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Ill say this. My i7 920 has plex installed. I store on my unraid server. I stream plex to my ps3 and have 20mb bitrate movies that stream perfectly with no hiccups at all.

I7 920, stock clock,asus p6x58d-p.

So keep in mind im able to stream with that setup beautifully. You dont always need new cpu architecture to play these movies.
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Here is a build I put together on Newegg.. $844 total.

What do you guys think about this?




GPU: MSI G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 GAMING ITX 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$209.99

ASUS H97I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
$109.99

Intel Core i5-4690 Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop
$224.99

G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $164.99

SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$74.99

BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black / Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
$59.99

Total $844.94
Edited by the_xpert - 10/19/14 at 4:37pm
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Are you building a gaming setup? Because what you have is complete overkill.
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For a server you won't need a GPU in it at all, and if it's going to be a 24/7 server I would recommend a Xeon processor instead. If it's just for file sharing and streaming Plex you really don't need much.
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post #6 of 8
As mentioned, complete overkill, no need for the GPU (it doesn't do anything in plex) and that PSU is an overkill for a system like that.

Why mITX? If you're ok with mATX, i'd go that route (ability to get 32GB of ram, should you want to go with VMs in the future) you'd need a new case if you go mATX
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The difficulty with MiniITX is cramming enough hard drives in a case to support RAID 5 like in your original post. There are quite a few microATX cases, but I'm not familiar with any ITX with 4+ 3.5" drive slots.

So, without the case and a chip with a integrated GPU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1226 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($222.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII M4 58.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87M-Plus Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($93.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $547.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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post #8 of 8
I stream 1080p content from Plex from an i3 with 4GB RAM and that plays flawlessly. The whole system cost <£300 and it handles multiple transcoding feeds too (again, flawlessly).

You'd be better off just buying a HP Microserver for a couple of hundred and spending the rest of your money on single malts and Cuban cigars tongue.gif
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