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February 25, 2013 4:02:40 PM

Hi i am looking to build a pc/server for basic pc needs and be able to store movies on a network. Movie files are usually avi or mp4. my current tv's and blue ray plays play avi and mp4. I don't believe anything will be transcoding. I would like to able to stream movies to up to 4 tvs at the same time. I am currently using wifi to stream movies but only one tv at a time is able to watch a movie. I will be installing Cat5e Ethernet cable through my home to each tv.

So would my build be acquit for my home server? will all components compatible with each other?


Approximate Purchase Date: Next two weeks

Budget Range: (600-700) After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home server for light gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts:

Cool Master Elite 310 Mid-Tower Case - ATX/Micro ATX, 4x Ext 5.25", 1x Ext 3.5", 6x Int 3.5", 2x USB 2.0 Ports, 1x Mic, 1x Audio, Black/Red (RC-310-RWN1-GP RED) - OEM
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1302-LR GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

APEVIA JAVA ATX-JV650W 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i3-2125 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I32125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RC-400 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI V2.2, 32/64-bit, 33/66MHz Networking LAN Card With Heatsink & 4 LED indicators
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price about $660

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com

Location: Boise, idaho

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: This pc won't be used for high end gaming. my 7 year old plays basic games online.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: currently using a hp laptop intel i3 cpu and it's not quit "server" setup.

Thanks!

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February 25, 2013 4:32:52 PM

you will want 2 of these to get 4 streams (if you have a network switch, one will be sufficient
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and get this

CPU. i3 2120
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59192&promoid=1302

motherboared. asrock h77m
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram. patriot viper 3 1600mhz 8gb
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321

hard drive. seagate 1.5tb
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70854&promoid=1302

psu. xfx 450w. much better than apevia junk
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63238&promoid=1257

case. deceptively heavy and is very silent
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58474
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February 25, 2013 6:59:17 PM

Thank you TheBigTroll for your replay.

what is the difference between the i3 2125 and the i3 2120 and the i3-3220 besides the integrated graphics beside the $30 difference between the i3-2125 and the 2120 & 3220?

i3 2125 has Intel HD Graphics 3000 and the i3 2120 has Intel HD Graphics 2000 and the i3-3220 has Intel HD Graphics 2500? the i3 2120 and the i3-3220 are pretty much the same price.

I was considering going with the i5 3570k, but i was trying to save some $$.
I also considered the MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt LGA 1155 because i plan on upgreading in the future and it comes with free 8 gig ram. I guess i could go with the ASRock H77M LGA and upgrade the processor to a i5-3570k.. what you think?

I do plan on using network switch.
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February 25, 2013 7:35:11 PM

difference between the 2125 and 2120 is the graphics. not much of a deal if you arent playing games using onboard.

the 3220 is faster than both the 2120 in terms of graphics and CPu speed

if its a streaming build, there is no reason to get a i5 unless you play games

the z77 g45 is pretty bad. ontop of that, you arent going to use thunderbolt anytime soon
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February 25, 2013 8:14:29 PM

TheBigTroll your are right i won't being using thunderbolt i just figured that it came with free ram why not.

ok I will be going with the following for my build. Do u see any compatible issues with this setup?

I already bought this tower last week.

Cool Master Elite 310 Mid-Tower Case - ATX/Micro ATX, 4x Ext 5.25", 1x Ext 3.5", 6x Int 3.5", 2x USB 2.0 Ports, 1x Mic, 1x Audio, Black/Red (RC-310-RWN1-GP RED) - OEM
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] X-602102OH

Intel Core i3 3220 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Ivy Bridge 3MB Retail Box
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=75429

Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit - Black Mamba
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=74758&promoid...

XFX 450W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 34A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=63238&promoid...

Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=70854&promoid...

EVGA 01G-P3-1302-LR GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130585

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

Rosewill RC-400 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI V2.2, 32/64-bit, 33/66MHz Networking LAN Card With Heatsink & 4 LED indicators
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6833166002

COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835553002
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February 25, 2013 8:26:49 PM

The reason i had the extra video card was to take some load off the onboard. You don't think i will have issues with just the onboard video card. as this will be a server/pc. Server for watching movie and pc for regular web surfing etc.?

ok i will go with this nci
Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 25, 2013 8:42:53 PM

do you have a home network switch to distribute the bandwidth?

onboard is negligble in terms of affecting temps. i tried that
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February 25, 2013 8:49:47 PM

I was planning on getting a network switch.

The other reason i was considing adding a nci was because some times the kids watch movies while i am online or working on something on the pc and i didn't want the movie to interfier if i am working on the pc, but then again that might the cpu i am not to sure.
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February 26, 2013 1:33:32 PM

Do you have a recommendation on a network switch?

Do you think the i3 will be enough CPU if if the kids are watching movie through the network and i am converting movies or working on the pc?

Does anyone see any compatibility issues with the parts i have chosen?

I would like to order my parts today if possible so a quick answer would be nice.

Thanks.
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February 26, 2013 4:07:35 PM

the CPu generally powers the nic so sometimes it can really slow down, but with a nic card, the processing is taken off the CPU. its more than enough

networking isnt really my thing.
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February 26, 2013 4:20:09 PM

So do you believe this NCI i have chosen will do?

Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6833106033
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February 26, 2013 4:26:26 PM

yes it should do. intel nicx are pretty much the best
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February 26, 2013 4:26:57 PM

and for the network cables, use cat6 instead of cat5e. less signal loss.
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February 26, 2013 4:39:05 PM

Will do Cat6.

Do you see any compatibility issues with the parts i have selected?
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February 26, 2013 6:47:17 PM

id go back to a i3 2120 for 110.99 to save a bit on money
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February 27, 2013 1:16:09 PM

So you wouldn't speed the extra $10 on the i3 3220?
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February 27, 2013 4:17:05 PM

i wouldnt, but if you want to, go ahead
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February 27, 2013 7:37:28 PM

In your opinion a SSD hard drive need. I have read many, many people suggesting it needed for bast boot up? People prefer to load software on this drive and use the other drives as storage. what is your thoughts, experience on SSD hard drives?
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February 27, 2013 7:46:26 PM

well for you this is a streaming pc so its not really needed since you plan on turning it on for most of the day.

in my opinion, a SSD is the ultimate thing that you can get for your computer. if windows 7 takes 40 seconds to boot on a hard drive, it takes 20 seconds on a SSD and you can start firing apps right away. but they do cost a lot and their benefits will vary according to your use.
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February 27, 2013 7:48:46 PM

I will do without and see how it goes.
Thanks TheBigTroll!!!
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February 27, 2013 7:54:46 PM

Sorry to bother you but this is my first pc build. does the mother board come with all sata cables etc. is there something i need or does all the parts come with all the connections components?
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February 27, 2013 10:40:28 PM

the board should have everything
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February 28, 2013 3:54:10 PM

It seems as the seagate barracuda ST1500DM003 has had bad reviews. Would you recommend a different brand?

Thanks.
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February 28, 2013 4:04:57 PM

i use seagate and never had problems. i use WD and there are problems. it really depends on how lucky you strike on the hard drive department
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March 1, 2013 1:23:33 PM

Best answer selected by 2quik.
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March 2, 2013 3:59:15 PM

me again.

I ended up buy two of the seagate hard drives. i noticed that the picture of mob only has two SATA cables. I would need an extra one correct? one SATA for SAMSUNG DVD Burner and two more for the two seagate hd correct? so i would need an extra one correct? or will the dvd burner come with a sata cable?

Thanks.
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March 2, 2013 4:54:33 PM

yeah you will need another sata cable. any cheap one will do
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March 7, 2013 2:13:04 PM

I was able to build my new system last night everthing went ok.
I did notice that the pci network card i order (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) was for pci-express which the the ASRock mother board didn't have. So i need to send it back.

After looking for another pci network card i noticed intel has some that seem similar to each other but i can't tell the difference just in price.

PWLA8391GT for $35
PWLA8391GTLBLK for $29
PWLA8391GTBLK for $30

Which is best?

I did read a review on Amazon about the Intel PWLA8391GT PRO/1000 GT PCI Network Adapter not being compatible with windows 7. I need to make sure it's compatible with windows 7.
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