Originally Posted by SilenceDK Hardware
I'll take a stab and play devil's advocate and see if your choices hold up. (doesn't look super bad to me
First - The CPU is certainly overkill. But you know it so I won't beat you up on that. Plus you seem like your getting a good price and you can afford it. 3770k is a beasty CPU.
Might I ask how much your going to pay ???
I own a 2600k and a 3570k in my HTPC. My old HTPC was a G630. I have a G860 in my media server. My office PC is a G620 and a 2500k. I am pretty certain your 3770k choice is way overkill.
Are you limited to only that CPU? because you will not give up anything noticeable at all with a 3570k.
Also, Since your going higher end you might want to consider a real server CPU like a Xeon - It would be a better choice if you have this available. You can do much more like Virualize and such....
It doesn't have to cost more $$$ and you won't give up any performance. But - If you plan to make a real server it's a better choice IMO.
Usually when people use home PC parts they are making a cheap media server- (sub $100 CPU)
The motherboard is nice. But it is not cheap. Your probably not going to overclock a server CPU. You might wan to consider a cheaper motherboard, and add on INTEL LAN card. Otherwise an ASUS or SUPERMICRO real server board with DUAL INTEL LAN built in would better match a Xeon CPU.. and be about the same price (if available to you)
Case is a nice case.
Your RAM and PSU are not major areas of concern but you might like a real server board with ECC Memory to prevent errors over the consumer stuff without error correction.
Normally this is not my advice but given your "high end" and your parts choices I think going in the direction of real server with real server parts makes sense over using enthusiast level gaming parts.
Originally Posted by SilenceDK Storage:
I hate your HDD choice. I have one of those. I am RMA it for second time. Every Green drive I have has had some error at some point. In contrast- the Seagate 7200.14 (I have 10) have been much better. Not a single issue. Blazing fast read and writes speeds. Just way better than the green 3TB for a lower cost per GB. There is a good 60MB/sec difference in read and write speed between a 7200.14 and a WG EARX GREEN in real world use.
If energy saving is your choice- you'd be better off with a RED 3TB over that green. It does not use intelliparking- and should prove more reliable long term in a 24/7 server application. They also come with longer warranty and recomendation from the MFG for your intended purpose. The green comes with neither.
Seagate 3TB is cheapest cost per GB and they are pretty good on heat/noise/energy being a modern 3TB design (newer than a WD green 3TB) so both a RED or a SEAGATE would be better.
If your looking for more reliability and better energy profile - THE RED IS BETTER THAN THE GREEN. If your looking for INCREASED PERFORMANCE and VALUE the SEAGATE would take the top pick- you will sacrifice a bit of heat for the lower price and higher performance (7200rpm vs 5400 rpm the major reason) . But a seagate only hits 90 degrees surface temp in testing and a green or red is about 86 if I remember....
Also- your SSD!!!!!. I want to bite my tongue... but I can not.
Your better off with a newer designed SSD IMO. That M4 is two years old and long in the tooth. Crucial is not more reliable than most of the "good" newer designs- and it not cheaper either. So you'll get a slower older drive in that M4 for the same cost and less warranty. Makes no sense to me. Not that the M4 is slow.. is not. But it's not the fastest, and it has less warranty.
Someone will jump into this thread in 30 seconds calling me out (probably defending their own purchase decision) and say there is little real world difference between the slower M4 and a faster newer/better SSD like a SAMSUNG/PLEXTOR/VERTEX4 but your going with a proposed build self labeled "high end" including Z77 ASUS and 3770K and Corsair DDR- so I don't think the M4 fits well. It did back in 2011 when everyone was afraid of OCZ and sandforce controllers.
In 2013 The plextor M5/M5PRO and also the Samsung 840/840PRO and the OCZ VERTEX4/VECTOR all offer additional features and performance over the M4, and longer warranty. Crucial holds no advantage what-so-ever in reliability as all of these drives are about the same. That's a common area crucial supporters try to claim but is totally false. All 7 the drives I listed are great and reliable (M4 included). Once that area is a tie score I think you'll find all the other factors supporting a choice in the others over the M4.
All three MFG and all 6 model lines offer increased performance, newer controller and firmware designs and some have better NAND inside.
I'd chose any of those 6 drives over an M4 in less than .000001 tenth of a second without any hesitation at all knowing I have chosen a superior performing SSD.
Originally Posted by SilenceDK Questions:
- Should I split the NAS/Survillance and HTPC from each other? I don't see the point, as to watch movies both units will have on be on all the time anyways, the same if I wanna watch TV while I'm outta the house.
- Should I go for WD Red instead of Green? - I will be using a Software raid
- Any suggestions in regards to changing out parts? - Other SSD? Other PSU?
- Are the rams a bad choice ?
YES- You should split the HTPC and the server from each other. It's a way better idea IMO.
YES- You should go RED over GREEN (or SEAGATE)
YES- CHANGE OUT SSD. PSU was ok- but lots of other good choices too. Antec 620 NEO was $29 the other day... Rosewill make a really nice 80+ gold with sleeved cables and is 15% off with coupon code. Just get a good deal on a good PSU.
YES- and NO. RAM is RAM in a server... if your not overclocking and gaming any 8GB kit should do. In terms of a server a server motherboard with ECC ram is probably your best choice but I use a Z77 Asrock motherboard with 1600mhz G.Skill ram so I am the pot calling the kettle black... lol.
I have my server set up with flexraid. Are you going the same route ???