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post #1 of 3 Old 10-29-2014, 04:43 PM - Thread Starter
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[Build Help] Noobie build help

Basically this is going to be a plex server to a couple rokus in my house and maybe the odd stream to the Ipad with Plex. Never more than 2 transcodes at once.

Just diving into an HTPC for the first time so i'm wading in slowly and and not wanting to overspend. I guess i'm just wondering if this will do the job for the above or if i need more or less. I have a case and a power supply already.

CPU: i3-4130
HDD's: (2) WD Green 5400 2TB
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2gb DDR3-1600
MB: Asrock H97M Pro-4
Windows 7 professional

Thanks in advance.
P.S. the above is $495 shipped in canada.
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The general recommendation is a Passmark score of 2,000 per 1080p transcode stream.

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

The 4130 might be Ok, but I'd spend another $20-40 on a little higher Core i3 such as the 4360. I also like to throw memory at Windows machines, so while 4GB is probably fine I'd go with 8GB. Make sure you have 64-bit Windows, by the way.

Good luck with your build.
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Ok. Thanx for the input.
Those were the two areas i was unsure about, especially the CPU.
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