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  1. Puget systems has lots of benchmarking info for some pro apps. They have the Adobe stuff which I was mainly interested in and depending on the tasks you're doing it can swing Intel or AMD. Although, AMD always seemed to be more cost effective. Nvidia is almost always the go to for pro apps, they've penetrated the industry better while AMD has offered gaming value for the most part.
  2. Then it sounds like a NAS is the best route to go. I can access my Synology NAS from anywhere, and you can even create users and control their access. It's designed for exactly what you want, customer support will be available, and it'll even have a warranty. A full blown server is overkill and you're going to waste a ton of time trying to 3d print one that will work. That's a project you do for fun, not out of necessity.
  3. Thanks for the reply! It's really easy to overkill simple things like this so I appreciate you recognizing that I'm not asking this thing to handle the kind of work load I need my 3700x work PC for, lol. Still, you're probably right that I'm going a little too conservative with the Pentium, even if it were just from a price to performance aspect and not outright performance. The Celeron J4005 handling things as well as it did gave me quite a bit of confidence in not needing to go big with the CPU.
  4. As I mention in the OP I will only consider adding the GPU if I find the CPU struggling to keep up. I don't really expect that. I'm glad we're on the same page about the ideal setup omitting the GPU. The 9100 is the CPU I originally considered. Although it is 2x the cost of the Pentium, but as they're both fairly cheap that isn't a huge difference in the budget. I'll probably buy the 9100 if I feel like spending the extra cash when it comes time to buy, but for now I wanted to plan around the Pentium. That's the plan if I run Windows. I'm currently running Windows on the NUC and it seems fine, but Linux (unraid probably) does seem like the better route. So far my only experience with Linux is a Retropi, and IMO that barely counts. Backblaze has worked well when I've tested it, thanks for the advice though! It is important to verify.
  5. Budget (including currency): Price conscious but flexible. Country: USA Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Plex Media Server Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): My Plex server is currently an Intel NUC7CJYH (Celeron J4005 CPU) with 4GB of RAM, a 250GB Samsung SSD, and a 1TB Western Digital external HDD. I also have a 4TB 3.5" Western Digital Green internal HDD in a FIDECO external HDD enclosure that I plan to add to it soon, but I'm currently organizing and removing data from this drive onto my Synology NAS, I'm doing this as the 1TB drive is almost full. Also, I have a lifetime Plex Pass so hardware transcoding is available to me. Most of my media is 1080p and h.264. My current Plex server solution was a bit of an eBay special (as in it wasn't something I was intending to implement, but I got a great deal on it) and it's serving it's role very nicely. Every member of my household can have their device streaming from Plex without any issues, IIRC the CPU load gets up to 60-80% when doing that. My main issue with it and my desire for upgrading is that my path forward for increasing my storage revolves around external drives, and I don't really want to keep collecting external drives like I'm currently doing. They clutter up my entertainment center area where everything is setup. My only other issue is that I would like to extend the use of my Plex server to close family or friends (like 3 or 4 households) and I'm not sure how well the NUC could handle the potential additional load. So, due to all that, here's what I'm looking at putting together. CPU: Intel Pentium Gold G5420 3.8 GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.03) Motherboard: ASRock H370M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.99) Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 CL16 Memory (Purchased For $0.00) Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($39.99) Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB OC Video Card ($0.00) Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($86.98) Power Supply: Fractal Design Ion SFX-L 500 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply ($99.99) Total: $400.98 Here are my reasons for my choices so far... CPU: It has Intel Quick sync for transcoding and it's inexpensive while also being much more powerful than the Celeron J4005 that I'm currently using. I figure it should handle things and if not I could upgrade CPU's or use GPU transcoding. Motherboard: It simply has enough SATA ports to populate all the drive bays available in the case. The only other motherboard I see that also does is the Z390M version of this board and it's more than twice the price. Memory: I already have this RAM as a leftover from another build. Storage: Boot drive & metadata storage. Using a NVME drive doesn't disable a SATA port according to ASRock's user manual. Video Card: I have this with a $0 price tag because I don't actually plan to purchase it, at least right off the bat. This is a placeholder for if I decide to move to GPU transcoding. I need to see the actual usage of the server before I would buy this. Case: It looks good, it's small, and it appears to have nice airflow for all the components. Most importantly, it can have six 3.5" hard drives in it. Power Supply: Same PSU I used in another build and I liked it. I figure going with SFX over ATX will give a little more room for cables, the GPU, and air flow. For hard drives I'll probably start out by just putting my WD Green 4TB drive in it for storage, but from there I can add whatever. I'm planning to just use the drives as a single storage pool and not a RAID setup. It's not irreplaceable data that I always need access to so I figure a periodic backup is good enough. I currently have a Backblaze B2 subscription which allows me to backup unlimited data from a single PC for like $10 a month. Currently it's installed on my work PC and if I mount the NAS as a drive on my work PC I can backup both. I figure something similar can be done with the Plex server and that way I'll have a backup in case of a drive failure, but again it's not irreplaceable data so it's not that big of a deal. So what do you think? I know I could go much more powerful from this point but it seems like that might be overkill considering what's working currently. Price wise this is already a bit more of an investment than the $100 I spent on the NUC (ready to run) but I think it gives me a ton of flexibility moving forward, and I think it should allow me to share my server without worry.
  6. I use about half those apps and I recently built a new mITX work PC. I went with a 3700x for the CPU, and while it's no slouch the 3900X or 3950X are certainly better options. You just have to keep them cool and that can be difficult depending on how tiny your case is. I went with 2x 16GB 3600mhz sticks of RAM (Crucial Ballistix) and for me 32GB is acceptable. I haven't ran out or anything but when I'm really working I've seen RAM usage in the mid 20's. I went with a B550 motherboard, Gigabyte AORUS, seems fine. Had everything I needed except the USB-C header for the front panel. I went with a Samsung 500GB m.2 SSD as a boot drive & application drive with a 2TB Western Digital m.2 SSD as my storage/working drive. The Samsung is NVME and the WD is SATA, both are plenty fast with large file transfers. I only went with a GTX 1660 Super as from the benchmarks I was looking at I wouldn't see a huge improvement in my workflow going with a RTX series card. It just wasn't worth the cost increase. Since I do have a less powerful card I also only went with a 550W PSU, from Fractal Design. Stuffed it all in Fractal's ERA ITX case. My only suggestion to your build is to double check that the 2060 will be alright for CAD, might be better looking at a Quadro but I don't do much CAD stuff so it wasn't a priority in my research. Regardless, I'm sure it's an upgrade from his last workstation. Mine is crazy fast compared to my old Ivy Bridge work PC. Tasks that took the old i5-3570 15 minutes to complete now only take a minute or two with the 3700x.
  7. If all you're going to do is file storage just buy a pre-built NAS and add hard drives to it, a full blown server is overkill. Something like a Synology DS220j or Western Digital My Cloud with some 6TB NAS drives meets your budget, and can even be upgraded with larger drives or used for more than just a file server down the road if you want. Use in RAID 1 for redundancy if you feel it's required, or use it in RAID 0 with a cloud backup to take full advantage of your 12TB. However, I also don't necessarily see why your data needs to be network accessible if it's simply for storage. For your $500 budget you could buy a pair of 12TB external drives. Back them up to the cloud or to each other, depending on your preference. You could even have one at your house and one at a buddies so that you have off site backup.
  8. Dug into it a bit more today. Sleep/Wake, Restart, and Shut down all work with either stick of RAM in either slot. However once you install both sticks together you can boot it up and sleep/wake, and restart will work fine, but once you shut down and attempt to power back up it won't post and gives me the blink error code. My wife has a very old laptop with DDR3 memory. Unfortunately it only has a single 4gb stick of 1333 but I pulled it out anyways and ran it on the intel motherboard along side one of the 4gb 1600 sticks that I had bought. With that stick in it of course only ran both modules at 1333 but all functions worked. I could sleep/wake, restart, and shut down as many times as I'd like. I think I'm going to chalk this up to faulty memory and initiate a exchange with the vendor I purchased it from. I feel like I've done enough troubleshooting to be fairly confident that this memory is bad, or at the very least my motherboard doesn't like it.
  9. Building a garage/workshop computer. CPU - i5-3470T (purchased used via ebay) Motherboard - Intel DH61AG Mini ITX (purchased used via ebay) RAM - Crucial 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB) DDR3L 1600 - CT2KIT51264BF160B (purchased new) SSD - Team Group GX1 2.5" 120GB (purchased new) Case - Akasa Euler S Fanless Solid Aluminum THIN Mini ITX (purchased new) PSU - 19V 90W AC Adapter For Intel Thin Mini ITX Currently running it outside the case with a stock intel lga1155 cooler (stolen from my old work pc) on it. First boot up the power LED is solid and I saw the Intel BIOS splash screen come on, then it goes black and the power LED starts blinking a code. 3 blinks then a pause, 3 blinks and a pause, continued. I googled that, it says that's memory related. I reseat each stick and try again, no luck, no splash screen, just the black screen and power light blinks. I decide to pull one of the sticks out and to power it back up. I get the Intel splash screen and it gives me a message about having less RAM than before, then tries to find something to boot and fails as there is nothing. I power it down, switch the sticks of RAM, and try again. Splash screen and then to the screen about trying to find something to boot. I switch the stick into the other slot and try again, splash screen and tries to boot. Switch the sticks and try again, splash screen and tries to boot. I put BOTH sticks back in, splash screen and tries to boot. I turn it off and try again, no splash screen just a black screen and it's back to flashing the power light. So now I'm a little confused but I figure "F it" it's kinda working, lets install Windows. Turn it off, take one stick of RAM out, put my Windows 10 USB drive in, turn it back on and boot to the USB drive. Boots up just fine. Installs Windows just fine. Boots back up into Windows just fine. I run Windows memory diagnostic tool, which induces a restart, it runs, when it's done it boots up fine and reports no errors. Swap the sticks and try again, same result. Put both sticks in and try again, same result. Now I'm very confused. Dinner is ready so I walk away with the PC running to eat dinner. Come back and the PC wakes from sleep no problem. Reboot it, boots no problem. Choose "shut down" and it powers off, push the power button to turn it back on and I get a black screen and the blinking power LED. I take a stick of RAM out and then it boots up just fine. I put the stick back in and it boots up just fine. Now I've been running HCI's memtest for about an hour and it says something like 8000% with zero errors. I'm really not sure what to do from here. I can't seem to verify a bad stick of RAM or a bad slot, only that it will only act up when both sticks are installed, and only on the 2nd power up. The only other relevant information I can think of is that the motherboard did arrive with a single bent pin in the socket. There wasn't a cover on the socket and since the box was a little roughed up I'm guessing maybe it snagged some of the bubble wrap inside the box, it definitely wasn't bent in the ebay pics. I contacted the seller and he gave me the OK to attempt a repair on the pin, but I also don't want to immediately jump to assuming it's a certain part and initiate a return/exchange if that's not the problem. I was able to bend the pin back into place very easily. Here are the before and after pics I took. Before: https://imgur.com/K6lyUFr After: https://imgur.com/qxMWKRG I appreciate any help you guys can offer, I'm kinda lost at this point.
  10. Sounds like it'll work fine (16gb in dual, 8gb in single) but incase the hardware changes things it's a i5-3570k with a ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP. The RAM in it already is Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600. I recently built a new computer so this is just getting a couple cheap upgrades and will be for my kids to use/game on. 24GB is probably excessive, but I didn't want to mix and match 8GB sticks... Thanks everybody for your help!
  11. Quick question. I have an older computer I'd like to upgrade the RAM in. It has a single 8GB stick of DDR3 in it currently. I want to buy a 16GB kit with 2x 8GB sticks. Will keeping the first 8GB stick (for a total of 24GB) be a problem? I know I'll have to put the kit in the right slots for dual channel to work right, but I didn't know if mixing dual & single would be a problem. I've only ever done two or four sticks before.
  12. I think the conclusion I've come to is just replacing the kids computer with this one. It's bigger than I'd like but it can be stored under the desk instead of up top. They'll be better off as this has a dedicated GPU so they'll be able to play some more games if they choose to. It'll also be easier to upgrade if we ever decide it needs more RAM or a better GPU. No need to be locked into a slim GPU with the little Dell case. Then I'll have to figure out something for the Dell. My mother in law expressed some interest in our old computer when my wife mentioned I was building a new one, so maybe it could go to her or maybe I'll find another use for it. By the way, thanks for the suggestions guys. The security camera ones were pretty intriguing. I don't have any cams right now, but I wouldn't mind some. I have no idea how to go about installing those or running that stuff, so I'll have to look into that more.
  13. I think my mother in law already called dibs if we're going to get rid of it. Was just hoping someone would mention something that would be useful to us. That could be fun Why would I do this versus just continuing to use the router I'm using now?
  14. I recently just built a new work computer. Primarily for photography work but also graphic design and some video. CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor Motherboard: Gigabyte B550I AORUS PRO AX Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard Memory: Crucial Ballistix 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive Storage: Western Digital Blue 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB MINI ITX OC Video Card Case: Fractal Design Era ITX Mini ITX Desktop Case Power Supply: Fractal Design Ion SFX-L 500 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply Monitor: MSI Prestige PS341WU 34.0" 5120x2160 60 Hz Monitor NAS: Synology DiskStation DS218j w/ 2x WD Red 6TB drives The computer it replaced, and the one I'm trying to find a use for, is... CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP LGA 1155 Memory: Ballistix Tactical 8GB DDR3 1600 Storage: Western Digital Black 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Storage: Western Digital Green 4 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB Case: COUGAR Volant Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80 PLUS I'm also currently building a super budget HTPC/Plex server (used to run my Plex server from the old work computer with all the files stored on a USB hard drive) from some spare parts/extras. I've just been keeping my eyes open for a good deal on a motherboard as I have everything else already. CPU: AMD Athlon 3000G 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor Motherboard: MSI B450I GAMING PLUS AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 CL16 Memory (the 32GB in my work PC was on back order so I ran this for a bit until it showed up) Storage: Western Digital Green 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (was included for free with the WD Blue SSD in my work PC) Storage: Western Digital Green 4 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive (This will be removed from the old work PC) Case: Fractal Design Node 202 HTPC Case w/450 W Power Supply (The 3.5" drive will sit in a 3d printed bracket where the GPU would normally go) I also have an old Dell Optiplex 790 SFF that my kids use for homework or stuff their Chromebooks can't do. CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Memory: 8 GB, was 4GB but was upgraded at one point. I forget the speed. Storage: Team Group GX2 2.5" 256GB SSD Storage: Random 360GB Samsung HDD from an old PC So now I have this big ole tower sitting on my desk without a use. I originally was going to find an old ITX motherboard for it and put it in the Node 202 and continue using it as my Plex server but after looking around that seemed like a fools errand. Pricing was just too high compared to the newer stuff and it would always be a roll of the dice on used equipment. Right now we're primarily a console gaming family but my kids have expressed some interest in certain PC games. I originally built the old work PC as a mid tier gaming rig but as I used it more and more for work I played less games on it. IMO, it was never that great of a gaming rig and would probably require a GPU upgrade (probably nothing crazy, GTX 1650 or RX570/580) to even be mediocre for newer games. However, I'd really prefer not having this big tower replacing the small Dell in our family room. If I added something like a slim GTX 1650 to the Dell it seems like it would give pretty similar performance, or at least good enough for what they want. So that kinda leaves me scratching my head. It's still a good computer, I only replaced it because the performance of new hardware was so clearly more efficient that it couldn't be ignored anymore. My only thoughts so far have been to use all those hard drive bays and turn it into a second NAS, but I really don't need one. At least not yet. Thanks for any ideas/suggestions, I would really appreciate them!