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Media Center/File Server/Mothers Computer - New build

Last response: in Systems
January 4, 2013 10:15:25 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: Around $600 Aud

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Movie/File storage, Browsing the net

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything - New build

Do you need to buy OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Location: Australia wide

Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus, Gigabyte, WD

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments: Good secure build. Quiet/energy efficient. Redundant (storage wise(RAID1))
Will be used for surfing the web and that's about it.

I have very little, to no parts selected. This is where some pros come in.
I was looking at a Pentium G series processor (G650), but most mobos dont support over two 6gb/s ports.

Two 2-3TB WD drives

Already have:
I already have an old SSD for boot drive
4gb RAM (I have two DDR3 1333mhz 2gb sticks)
Already have keyboard and mouse

January 4, 2013 11:55:52 AM
January 4, 2013 11:58:13 AM

Thanks MichaelSP.
Reason for not wanting a prebuilt system is that I want to build a system. Just some experience :) 
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January 4, 2013 12:13:20 PM

Haha, fair enough - I'm the same. :D 
January 4, 2013 12:14:23 PM

are you 100% set on an intel based system?

i found amd based systems provided my media pc builds with better options
more sata3 ports mostly from 5-7 sata3 over intels 2 in most cases
and if using on board based graphics Amd i feel has more to offer

some board options i liked coupled with any of their A series cpus
January 4, 2013 12:27:14 PM

Amd is an option considering my RAID setups will require double the disk for half the data
January 4, 2013 10:18:07 PM

Would an 450w 80+ gold at minimal load make any difference compared to a normal PSU?
Given that it would run 24/7