[Build] IP Camera Monitoring Station

So I am trying to think up a decent rack mount case that will only be used for monitoring IP camera's. Here is my initial thoughts but I am still working the build any thoughts suggestions would be awesome.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

GIGABYTE GA-H55M-S2V LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

iStarUSA D-300-PFS Black Steel 3U Rackmount Server Case 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT

Power Supply
COOLMAX CU-600B 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Modular and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply

Hard Drive (Thinking about going with two of these so some recording is possible.)
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Heat Sink
Thermaltake Silent 1156 CLP0552 92mm CPU Cooler For Intel Socket LGA1156

Internal CD/DVD Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

So basically I am trying to build this as cheap as possible but at the same time be able to be rack mounted and run 4 live streams from IP cameras. No actual recordings will be kept for more than 2 days. I am thinking the 1 TB drive would hold as long as old data is being overwritten but I am not sure as this is my first IP camera build. Any thoughts, suggestions, way to save money, etc. Please post em.
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  1. That's a hella lotta system for a simple surveillance monitoring system. Very nice system, just a bit much for a what you probably actually need.
    Only 4 data streams? Using HD cameras? Live video capture w/ sound or still image grabs? Got a link to the camera specs?

    The stock intel HSF is going to be just fine for what you're doing.

    Athena 3U Rackmount Server Case W/ V2.2 Micro PS3 400W PSU $150

    Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz CPU with Intel HD Graphics $130
    That GIGABYTE GA-H55M micro ATX motherboard $75
    G.SKILL Ripjaws4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 RAM $47 Would have suggested a 2GB RAM kit but the difference was only $12 for the extra 2GB.

    If you don't mind dropping back to the older 775 socket items you can trim costs even more. How 'low' do you want to go?
  2. I am used to running more powerful systems so this lower end type build is really kicking my ass.

    Here is the camera's

    http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=788 POE types

    This is the camera software data sheet


    also i didnt mention but it will be taking these feeds directly over the internet.

    That case with the PSU will definitely take some off IMO and is a good call.

    Do you think the I3 will have enough power to run the system without any real issues. The system will basically only be used for displaying the feeds on the software that is linked above and possible recording?

    On another note I am honestly open for anything via suggestion wise.

    Thanks for the response.
  3. All the really heavy work is being done by the cameras... compressing the video steam and pushing it onto the network.
    No wonder they cost so much.
    Really not all that much for the PC system to do. Housekeeping duties mostly. The i3-550 won't break a sweat at all.
    No wonder the Pro-Sight hardware specs were so low. Just double check to make sure it runs on Win7 if that's what you'll be using.

    You probably know you'll need a power injector for POE. This is what a stand-alone model looks like. I wouldnt be surprised if they have rack mount models. Or models built into a router you'll also need.
  4. Yep already have the other equipment just need to get the computer all squared away. I was going to go with an XP setup at this time.
  5. I never did find out how many megabytes per day each camera would generate.
    That 'nice to know' little detail wasn't included in the spec sheets.
  6. Ya i might just run a test on one of the systems i have setup right now and see how much room it takes up lol.
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