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For those you have been following my post that morphed from diagnosing a problem with my old HTPC to discussing a new build.

 

Here is what I am currently considering:

 

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119274&cm_re=Mini_atx_case-_-11-119-274-_-Product

 

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-H170M-DS3H 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128872

 

CPU -  i5-6600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117561

 

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231888

 

SSD - Samsung 850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147373

 

This puts me in the $600-ish range.

 

My goal with this box.. run my PLEX server (which needs 2 - 3 transcoding streams) with a bit of overhead (my kids now rarely stream more than 1 stream, but this will change as they get a bit older in the next year or two)

 

Is this a solid build or would you all have other suggestions?

 

This will be in a server room ( closet in the attic with so looks of the case aren't an issue)

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What's your max amount that you are willing to spend?  How much wattage is that build going to use?  Do you have any parts to reuse?

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For those you have been following my post that morphed from diagnosing a problem with my old HTPC to discussing a new build.

 

Here is what I am currently considering:

 

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119274&cm_re=Mini_atx_case-_-11-119-274-_-Product

 

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-H170M-DS3H 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128872

 

CPU -  i5-6600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117561

 

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231888

 

SSD - Samsung 850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147373

 

This puts me in the $600-ish range.

 

My goal with this box.. run my PLEX server (which needs 2 - 3 transcoding streams) with a bit of overhead (my kids now rarely stream more than 1 stream, but this will change as they get a bit older in the next year or two)

 

Is this a solid build or would you all have other suggestions?

 

This will be in a server room ( closet in the attic with so looks of the case aren't an issue)

Here is some idea's for cases though they support Mini-ITX motherboards.

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IAELTAI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2KYYWDBPFYQOQ&coliid=I3UOB6A6R4TF3V&psc=1

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J353KH8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2KYYWDBPFYQOQ&coliid=I13SLXUBYB2QDR

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What's your max amount that you are willing to spend? How much wattage is that build going to use? Do you have any parts to reuse?

I don't want to spend more than 750 range.

 

The i5 it's replacing is a lot more power intensive than either CPU I am looking at currently.

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You could look at the new Super micro E200 AIO unit that is going to use a lot less power than that i5 and outperform it.  More than what you need now, but I would build for the future, plus it leaves you some options to virutalize within the unit.

 

https://www.supermicro.com/products/system/mini-itx/sys-e200-8b.cfm

jmwills, I think something happened with your link, Your link is bringing up a system with a Celeron J1900 CPU -_-

Did you mean to post the E200-8D? and not the E200-8B? https://www.supermicro.com/products/system/Mini-ITX/SYS-E200-8D.cfm

 

TinkerTry https://tinkertry.com/supermicro-superserver-sys-e200-8d-and-sys-e300-coming-soon

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So the 8D would be better long term than my suggested build?

 

Just a. It out of my price range but maybe I can hold off and save up.

 

The server must be watching my posts as it isn't going down now.

 

Let's see how long it stays up

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So the 8D would be better long term than my suggested build?

 

Just a. It out of my price range but maybe I can hold off and save up.

 

The server must be watching my posts as it isn't going down now.

 

Let's see how long it stays up

The 8D is a very nice system and should serve you well for many years, My only concern is your storage drives. There is no room in this box for three 3.5 drives so you can create a RAID5. The 8D would be great if you had a NAS and you where using iSCSI to connect to it, This is how I have my 1U server setup and it works great.

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