HTPC/Server Build - Help Decide Components, Please

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  1. Maggard

    Maggard New Member

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    Hello! Recently, I purchased my friends old desktop computer that I had built for him around 2011, as I've had the HTPC/Home Server bug for awhile and thought giving him $30 for his hardware sure beat spending several hundred on a motherboard/RAM/proc.

    I'd like some experienced eyes with such things to take a look at the following, if they would, and give me any advice. I'm much more experienced with gaming PCs and this is my first foray into the HTPC scene.

    Some things I'd like feedback on: will this be able to handle, say, simultaneously streaming four+ 1080p videos to different devices? Do you think this will also successfully double as a 10-man Minecraft/Discord server?

    I appreciate any input. Now, to the goods!

    CPU: i5 2300 Socket 1155 (Have)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 (Have)
    Motherboard: GA-H67M-D2-B3 Micro ATX (Have)
    PSU: EVGA 500W PSU (Have)
    Storage Drive: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 6TB (Have)
    OS: Windows 10 Pro x64 (Have)
    CPU Cooler: Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev B $36
    GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 $70
    USB 3.0 Adapter: Mailiya PCI-E to USB 3.0 2-Port PCI Express Card $17
    Case: Silverstone Milo ML03B $72
    OS Drive: AData 128GB SATA III SSD $57

    The current build makes it look like it could be operational with an investment of around $250 on Amazon US.

    Thoughts?

    Thank you all very much!
     
  2. sverek

    sverek Ancient Guru

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    since raspberryPi can run minecraft server, you should be fine.
    Not sure if you need ssd though, once system and services are loaded, there no much benefit of having ssd for server.
     
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  3. allesclar

    allesclar Ancient Guru

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    Why not get an even cheaper GFX, maybe one you already own if you are running only server applications?
     
  4. superpoeper

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    just my thought
    i would look into one detail:
    Mailiya PCI-E to USB 3.0 2-Port PCI Express Card
    in the pics i see that it has a usb 3 header on the board...
    Does that header ADD one usb 3 header to your case (internally for instance to hook up the usb 3 ports of your case)
    OR
    Does in NEED a USB 3 header on your motherboard to function properly....? which your motherboard does not have...

    this one as an example (i have no expirience with this perticular model) has no header on the board so it works without that perticular problem
    (https://www.allekabels.be/pci-express-kaart/5852/1214784/pci-express-kaart-4x-usb-30.html)

    also buy one that has good reviews, i heard stories of terrible performance issues of not being recognised, dropping out and even reading/writing at maximum 40 megabyte per second which is really subpar performance
     

  5. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    Why do you need usb 3 card in HTPC build?

    Also Cryorig M9i is $20 usd and is already overkill for that CPU.
     

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