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March 15, 2010 2:45:39 AM

Hey guys,

I was wondering whether I could get your opinions on a PC that I'm looking to build. It's going to be on 24/7 and will be for:

1. Motion-activated home surveillance coming in through 2 PCI cards
2. 24/7 upload/download
3. Store all my houses backups, photos, and movies and TV shows (Have 3TB already, I want it to be expandable to 10TB+)

As I really want to minimize costs, this is what I've thought up:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H - it has onboard video so no need for a video card. and 2xSATA 6gbps and 6xSATA 3gbps
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz - I know it's AMD but I refuse to go Intel for the price and more importantly their dirty business dealings (plants on stolen Palestinian land)
RAM: 2GB DDR3 1333 RAM
CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX case - 9 internal drive bays and where I'm getting my parts, they get good deals on Antec
PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W PSU

I don't plan on using any RAID level as I've read a lot that it's not the best for home use. I plan to connect the drives straight and if they fail, they fail. I don't mind losing some TV and Movies. I can always download again. It's not worth the $100+ that I would need to spend on that parity drive.

I also plan to stick with Windows XP as it's tried and true. I use it currently on my individual 24/7 surveillance and download PCs. This PC is to consolidate both of those into one. Also because I don't know whether my surveillance software will work on any other OS.

For backup of the important stuff like family photos, I plan on a periodic USB backup.

Questions:
Is the 380W PSU enough for 8 HDDs down the road?
What's your thoughts on not using RAID?
What's your thoughts on using XP? I defs can't go Linux. I don't know enough.
What are your thoughts on the parts I want to use?

Thanks in advance! :bounce: 
March 15, 2010 2:53:55 AM

Welll

Q1 - go for a 500watt- 600 watt. Its more futureproof.

Q2 - ill let someone else answer, im not a fan of raids, with my personal experience, its more fúcking about than its worth.

Q3 - I'd go windows 7 my self, i personal hate vista, but im a fan of win 7.

Q4 maybe get 4gb ram? btw most people recommend amd for price/performance. Btw onboard video sucks. but for what your gonna use it for, i dunno. btw if ur using onboard video, thats gonna come out of ur ram, which means you should definitly get 4gb.
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March 15, 2010 12:33:24 PM

lindley010 said:
Welll

Q1 - go for a 500watt- 600 watt. Its more futureproof.

Q2 - ill let someone else answer, im not a fan of raids, with my personal experience, its more fúcking about than its worth.

Q3 - I'd go windows 7 my self, i personal hate vista, but im a fan of win 7.

Q4 maybe get 4gb ram? btw most people recommend amd for price/performance. Btw onboard video sucks. but for what your gonna use it for, i dunno. btw if ur using onboard video, thats gonna come out of ur ram, which means you should definitly get 4gb.


thanks for your answer!

But seeing as each drive takes a maximum of up to 12W, I don't see needing more power in the future. I'll look into it though.

I will also look into the RAM, this PC won't even have a monitor but I guess at the price it may be better to go 4GB
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March 15, 2010 4:23:11 PM

I'd make sure you have proper cooling though.
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March 16, 2010 12:16:00 AM

lindley010 said:
I'd make sure you have proper cooling though.

This should be enough, no?

Advanced cooling system:
- 1 top 200mm Big Boy 200™ blue LED fan
- 2 rear 120mm TriCool™ blue LED fan
- 3 front 120mm blue LED fan
- 1 (optional) side 120mm fan to cool graphics cards
- 1 (optional) middle 120mm fan to cool CPU or graphics cards

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March 22, 2010 3:03:25 AM

It is. What I like about the case is the chance to even add more fans on the side and middle when needed! You're obviously not worried about noise, are you? :lol: 
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March 23, 2010 12:53:38 AM

r_manic said:
It is. What I like about the case is the chance to even add more fans on the side and middle when needed! You're obviously not worried about noise, are you? :lol: 

Not at all, it's gonna be in the storage room probably without a monitor. But stuff's come up and this plan is now indefinitely on hold :( 
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