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CPU advice for NAS/HTPC/Media Server

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February 16, 2013 12:04:37 AM

I just bought a Lian-Li PC-Q25 Mini-ITX case and 4 1TB drives (2 WD, 2 Seagate). I want to use this to replace my existing NAS, and also for a media server (something like Plex) and HTPC.

My requirements are:
At least 5 SATA ports, at least 1 SATA III for a SSD system drive.
CPU able to handle transcoding (mostly down conversion to iPhone formats) and HTPC playback.
Integrated graphics.
Low power/heat, this will be on 24/7.
Cost is a factor (budget around $500 for remaining parts), but I can be flexible.
I can be patient and buy things piecemeal as they go on sale.
Also: the PC-Q25 limits PSU length to 140mm and CPU Cooler to 80mm height.

Here's my thoughts, I'd like to hear recommendations for what to change:

AsRock FM2A85X-ITX (7 SATA III ports)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD A4-5300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Alpine 64 GT CPU cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

FSP 400w MicroATX PSU with ATX bracket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB (2x4) Crucial Ballistix Tactical (low voltage, low profile)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

...plus whatever 64 GB SSD is on sale.

I can't decide if the A4 has enough juice, or if I should step up to an A8. The other option would be an LGA 1155 board with a low power 35W i3 - though that may need a PCIe SATA card to get enough ports.
February 16, 2013 12:17:27 AM

Thanks for the tips! Good to know the A4 will work.

I had looked at the LH-9a (and LH-12), but they're both incompatible with the FM2A85X - capacitors block the backplate.
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February 16, 2013 12:19:02 AM

the stock heatsink should still do the job. just that it will be louder
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February 16, 2013 12:30:44 AM

He wants a ssd, there's the plextor m5s in microcenter or sandisk ultra plus in newegg or amazon, with 128GB capacity, for a 64GB ssd there's the ADATA Premier Pro in newegg, but i rather get a 128GB.
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February 16, 2013 11:51:38 AM

yes i know that. but for a nas build, he still needs hard drives
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February 16, 2013 3:48:41 PM

He might have already hdds, either way it's a decent build, and if the op wants a hdd, the red one is a good choice and yes he can get the ram there, it totals more than 100$, if not, get the ram in newegg and a ssd.
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