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    My Planned Build

    Hi everyone, i'm going to change most of the components of my Desktop. And i would like to have your opinions concerning this build. I don't plan to use it for gaming, here are the tasks which it will handle :

    - Convert files from Lossless Formats (FLAC,WAV) To Mp3
    - Watch 10-bit 1080p anime and Blu-ray music videos
    - Decompress huge files
    - Convert M2TS blu ray files to high quality MKV rips

    The build is made of :

    Mobo : Asus B75M-A

    CPU : Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2

    CPU Cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

    RAM : G.Skill F3-1600C9D-16GAR

    SSD : Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB

    I already have a PSU, an nvidia 8400 GS graphic card (since the Xeno doesn't have an integrated GPU), two external USB 3.0 HDD for storage and an internal DVD writer.
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    Re: My Planned Build

    I'm not the right person to ask this but wouldn't you be better off also asking this build in a more computer technology forum as well? I haven't ever used this build for what you're trying to achieve but I feel that there's something off. Like you might want to check compatibility and if you have enough power to supply it to start off. If you haven't considered a UPS for what you're doing, consider it.

    The first 3 points can be done on a normal desktop computer that comes in the price range of 1000 USD to 2000 USD. The forth point is something I haven't tried since I don't own BD DVD to test that out. In-fact, if you're going to use Blu-Ray DVD, in physical media, you'll still need a Blu-Ray DVD writer as well.

    Also consider getting at least 8 GB of RAM. Lately a lot of programs been using large amount of resources from RAM.

    Anyway, there's a few more computer technical people on this forum that will always correct me in this discussion. And possibly someone who have experience in encoding and decompressing large files before re-encoding the files whilst maintain high quality single file media will answer you.

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    Re: My Planned Build

    Well the Power Supply Unit i have provide 500 Watts, and for the blu-rays i apologize as i forgot to put that i'm planning to buy a BD Writer. The Ram i mentioned in my post is actually composed of 2 * 8GB modules. And thank you for your opinion. (And i'm also hopefull for more answers by other members.
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    Re: My Planned Build

    What I meant is UPS, consider it if I were you. This is incase you're encoding or decompressing a rather complex file and want to prevent power surges or short black outs affecting you. Has happened in my area every so often but not sure if it does for you.

    Although do another run through the power calculator if I were you to make sure you have enough power. 500 Watts of power to me is a bit dicey, especially if it's 1 to 3 years old. If it's beyond that, it can be really dicey when it comes down to consumption of power required to operate safely at. Hope you meant 500 watts of RMS continuous power going through your system, otherwise I'm going to say consider a better one.

    This is coming from experience for power supplies since my system actually required about 750 Watts and higher to run with all the things within my system.

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    Re: My Planned Build

    My apologies, i got confused between UPS and PSU The power is my area is very stable, we see black outs only once or twice a year. And the for power surges, i never noticed any. My PSU is two years old, so i think i might have to buy a new one. Do you think that a brand new PSU like the OCZ Xtreme 500 Watts is good enough or should i aim higher ?
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    Re: My Planned Build

    As HatoriTakaya mentioned, first 3 things could be done on most common personal computers.

    I'm not completly sure, what you mean by "decompress huge files".
    If you mean, decompressing 10GB rar-packages on a daily basis and time doesn't matter, there's no need to upgrade.
    If time does matter and you do it like 20-times a day, i'd recommend to add additional drives and probably building a hardware-raid.

    The most important factor seems to be your CPU, so maybe it's best to improve on this side.
    Not quiet sure about nowaday's generations, but in general you could upgrade the amount on cpu-cores, since x246 scales to some point.
    Maybe you could make better use of your money by buying an AMD-8-Core processor.

    Altough there seems to be working support for x264-Encoders for NVidia-Graphic-Carts with CUDA-Cores.
    I'm not informed properly, but i think it's worth investigating

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    Without any high-powered graphics card, your psu shoudn't be a problem

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    Re: My Planned Build

    It's actually close 10 GB like you suggested, i download xbox 360 iso files and soon plan to get a PS3. Both supports's games are usually available in several 1GB files. And i also download Blu-ray concerts in RAR split files. Therefore it's not a daily usage, and i don't need to have supersonic decompression speed.

    Concerning the CPU, does that AMD you're talking about have 8 logical cores or 16 (i don't know if AMD has something like Intel Hyper threading). And the Xeon i mentionned has 4 physical cores and 8 logical cores (using HT).
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    Re: My Planned Build

    The AMD has 8 physical cores.
    But I think two of them share something together ..

    I just looked it up a little bit, searching some benchmark-sites.

    Some state, the FX-8350 shouldn't be much better, than e3-1230, but didn't state any measured data ..
    On several sites i usually visit, the FX-8350 has about 25-50% more speed (compared to e3-1220).
    Mostly in non-gameing-environment.
    But on the other side, they consume much more energy. So after maybe one year of intense reencodeing you probably could have bought a much faster and more expensive intel i7.

    But since i recommended a faster cpu, let's forget about amd (my fault) -.-
    Maybe a 3770K would do the trick?
    Should be a fast cpu with easy overclocking capabilities.

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    Re: My Planned Build

    Well i have considered getting the i7-3770K frankly, but i don't plan to overclock (one of the reasons behind my choice on a unoverclockable CPU like the Xeon) and the 3770K also have an integrated GPU which i don't need and which also increases the TDP and the power consumption.
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    Re: My Planned Build

    Well - since you didn't specify your financial ideas behind your build, i didn't know

    Somehow i managed to ignore your 8400GS.
    This GC is very very lowend. I say, srew this card as far away as possible.

    The integrated intel HD 4000 Graphic should be much better and more important, in the end, takeing less power.
    Although you can keep the 8400GS and use it, if needed.

    Little story from me:

    I own an i7-860 and never thought about overclocking even for a second. But recently i tried ripping some of my old DVDs, since they took too much 'analog' space. When one dvd took about 30 minutes, i decided to OC my cpu. I entered the bios and about 20 seconds later I had about 1GHz (35%) additional. So ripping tool between 10-15 Minutes less time.
    And even the power-saving functions were working, if no load was applied.

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