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Multi-Use Build (NAS, Surveillance Cameras, Photo/Video Editing, Workstation, HTPC, ?Gaming?)

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August 31, 2013 11:14:06 AM

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



Parts to Upgrade: Everything being bought new

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, etc.

Location: New Orleans

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
August 31, 2013 11:41:07 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES.2 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($169.11 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES.2 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($169.11 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($388.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG 24EA53V-P 60Hz 23.8" Monitor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1967.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 14:40 EDT-0400)
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August 31, 2013 1:06:20 PM

jinayhvora said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES.2 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($169.11 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES.2 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($169.11 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($388.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG 24EA53V-P 60Hz 23.8" Monitor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1967.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 14:40 EDT-0400)


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
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September 1, 2013 12:23:59 AM

forgot the case, sorry, also noticed the board has only 2 SATA3 ports, so this would be the revised build
EDIT: Sorry for the Canada prices, confused this with another thread


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Constellation CS 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($388.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG 24EA53V-P 60Hz 23.8" Monitor ($210.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1815.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-01 03:27 EDT-0400)
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