Looking to build a new PC. Looking for something to handle everything I need to throw at it. I want this PC to operate as a NAS so it would be on 24/7. I will be recording to it using a few 2-3 megapixel IP cameras for now until I totally replace all my analog cameras so I know the hard drive will need to be written to a lot and I understand regular hard drives wont handle that. I also have photos spread across 3 laptops and one old desktop that are in some serious need of organizing, backing up and editing. I'd like to be able to install Lightroom or similar to edit these and back them up. I would also like for it to be a workstation and install other various windows apps (office, quickbooks, etc.) for my construction business. I'd like to be able to store movies, music, etc to be able to stream through my home receiver and projector. It would be nice if I could play a few games but I am not really into any at the moment. I assume a video card would also use a lot my electricity and generate more heat so am not sure that would be worth it (opinions?) This box will be on 24/7 and I would like it to be pretty energy efficient. I was planning on and i7 processor with a SSD drive for the OS and apps and 3 or more 2TB-3TB drives running some form of RAID for storage. Any ideas? Case size isn't a problem as it will be getting tucked inside my media room out of site. Thanks
Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: Approx $1500-$2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: NAS, IP Surveillance Cameras running Blue Iris to record, Workstation to store, edit, and organize the thousands of photos (RAW and .jpg) in Lightroom. Some video editing. HTPC playback through my projector.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes looking for approx. a 24" or larger
Thanks for your response. You have an idea for a case? Also, upon reading the reviews on the processor it was mentioned to get the other version of this chip if I was going to add a video card which i'm undecided. Also concerning the hard drives you mentions. (2) SSD and (2) normal. How would you have them set up? Thanks