Computer geek help!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by moob, Monday 18th Aug, 2014.

  1. moob Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Guys I'm in the market for an upgrade to my Revo 3600 which is kinda sluggish from time to time on start up and sometimes freezes playing movies. I use it as an HTPC, where I download and play movies.

    I've seen this on eBay, and it seems to fit the bill but I've got concerns about older ram/CPU etc. HTPC E8400 Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz 4GB RAM Blu Ray 120GB SSD Intel ITX Very compact PC | eBay

    Anyone tech knowledgeable help by giving it the thumbs up or down?
     
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  2. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    It'll cope with no issues bud.

    My current HTPC/CCTV system is:
    Pentium D845 (3ghz)
    Windows Home Server 11
    3GB RAM
    3TB HDD + 64GB SSD

    On top of that the system I'm using has been on 24/7 since Jan 06. I have it connected via Gigabit to a wireless AC router so my transfer speeds are roughly 40mbps which is perfect for those full HD movies. The server transcodes full HD with no issues when I access my videos remotely too.
     
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  4. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Hmm - I'm not happy with the OCZ SSD tbh. It's uptime is low but its a two yr old SSD now and old OCZ SSD's had a horrible reputation for failing.

    The processor is worth 15 max, the blu ray drive is around 30, 4gb ram is 15. Also note that there is no HDD so you'll have to buy one of those along with an OS unless you are going to use Linux etc.

    Personally I'd skip this and go for an ex office Dell or better still, build one yourself.
     
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  5. moob Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Hmm, thanks for the info.

    There's a load of those old dell ones on eBay with masses of ram etc, I'm just concerned they'd be noisy.

    Are they a decent buy?
     
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  6. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    You beat me to it about the fan speed. That is definitely an issue if you are transcoding videos. It doesn't affect me as I keep my PC in a spare room - most TV's have DLNA streaming capabilities these days and with Servio its very easy to stream videos all round the house.
     
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  7. moob Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    I'm trying to keep the budget really low. My TV is an 8 year old Panasonic plasma lol.

    I'm even thinking about replacing the hdd in my revo with an ssd to see if that makes it faster.
     
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  8. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Now TV box sideloaded with Plex and you're sorted for under £15.

    I'm not sure about adding an SSD because it'll cost a lot if you need loads of storage and at the end of the day it won't remedy a weak CPU.
     
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  9. moob Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Yeah I thought the atom CPU was a weak point.

    I still need pc capabilities really as I use my revo for downloading and viewing stuff as an all in one.

    Or maybe I need to think outside the box
     
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  10. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    HTPC is the correct way to go IMO - how much is your budget if you don't mind me asking? Also how many devices (and what OS) are going to access the server? Do you need online access to files?
     
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  11. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Moved to off-topic section.
     
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  12. moob Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Tbh I was hoping to get something for under 200 all in, big ask I know!

    I'm not massively computer savvy and don't use it on a network, and really just have it plugged into my TV.

    I prefer win 7
     
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  13. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    How many TB's do you need? I think I can show you a build at £200
     
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  14. moob Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    I've got a 1.5 ready to go in so was considering an ssd to boot and speed things up and keep the noise down.

    Thanks for all your help. Will check in the morning. Gotta head to my pit now. Early start!
     
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  16. moob Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Cheers mate will look into this
     
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  17. moob Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    That's one fugly case mate - I'll look further!
     
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  18. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    LOL agreed - its what's on the inside that counts.:Laughing:

    Anyway you can't go wrong with any ex office Dell system.
     
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  19. moob Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Looking at those intel NUC units, pricey but might be worth it.
     
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  20. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    They use mSATA so you need to get a HDD caddy for your existing hard drive, they also don't come with RAM so budget for that too.
     
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