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Ideas for a media PC with £900 budget

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October 4, 2013 8:11:04 AM

Hi, I'm looking for ideas for a media PC, my needs are simple something to hold all my media & stream it around the house, I know my budget is well over my needs but iv got the budget so I'm going to use it.
So far iv already got 4 2TB HDD from work & I'm looking to house it in a media case. I was looking to start with the i7 4770K, I need ideas on a motherboard for my needs. I know this is all over kill but if your going to do something you may aswell do it properly. So if you have any ideas on the whole setup it would be much appreciated.

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October 4, 2013 10:00:57 AM

You definitely don't need an i7 for media streaming. You can get by with way less than that. I would suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£105.59 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X40 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£78.48 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X-ITX Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard (£70.32 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.46 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£102.53 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case (£69.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.22 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £512.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-04 18:00 BST+0100)

1/2 the proposed budget. The 6800K is a very overclock friendly CPU, and the NZXT Kraken allows you to overclock it as much as you want. The Samsung 840 Pro is the fastest boot drive on the market.