This will be my first build so I am looking for any input on gaps in my plan or pitfalls to watch out for.
My primary goal is low power consumption because this system will be running 24/7. I am looking at running Ubuntu, MythTV (backend). I plan to use an internal USB Flash drive as the boot disk and get video content from an HD Home Run and the Internet (trying to cut the cable).
My main concerns are:
1) The ability of the Core i3 to handle video transcoding to support capturing 2 video streams while watching a third stream in real time. This would my concept of a peak load.
2) The amount of RAM. Is 8GB overkill or not enough? Would 4GB be sufficient or would it degrade streaming performance? Does more RAM increase idle power consumption?
Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks
Budget Range: $500-$600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Media Center and File Sharing
Are you buying a monitor: No – plan to use VNC
Parts to Upgrade: New Build – reusing case from old Compaq Prisario 5BW120 (micro ATX)
Do you need to buy OS: No – plan to use Ubuntu
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, tigerdirect (local store < 10 mi.)
Location: NW suburbs of Chicago
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, name brands on other parts.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: plan on running headless
Additional Comments: Thanks for any assistance you may offer.