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Old 11-21-2013, 06:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On the verge of buying a barebone and building from the ground up. Seeking maximum use with VM's, Windows Media
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cut myself off...windows media use, office suite, high output processing, etc...how many fans would be suggested for a machine with these specifications, and would a SSD be preferable? I've heard nothing but good reviews on SSD's. And if I were to get NAS, which hardware would be best used for a home network?
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What kind of applications are you referring to when you say high output processing? Will you be running a lot of VMs simultaneously?

An SSD is always preferable; the only drawback is capacity vs. cost compared with HDDs. If you've got the money, go for it. People usually get an SSD for the OS and frequently used programs and a larger HDD for storage.

As for NAS, it would depend on your needs. For the typical home network you really don't need anything fancy - even a shared folder in a homegroup would work. If you don't want to leave a machine running, you could get something like a Seagate Goflex and just connect that to your home router. For something really heavy duty you might want to build yourself a server.
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Pro tools for music. Possibly up to four VM's at once.
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Also I will keep in mind the SSD for the OS and what you mentioned for the HDD. Also, what type encryption software do you recommend?
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Kinda need a budget to work with.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This will do absolutely everything you want it to.

CPU:
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K

Motherboard:
Newegg.com - ASRock Z87 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
Kingston HyperX Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX16C10B1BK2/16X - Newegg.com

GPU:
Newegg.com - XFX R9290AENFC Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 CrossFireX Support Video Card

PSU:
SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply - Newegg.com

SSD+HDD:
Newegg.com - Corsair Neutron Series GTX 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com

CAse:
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Newegg.com

OS:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - Operating Systems

$1400
Basically this build except substitute the over powered graphics card with something a lot less like a 650ti Boost and get the 4770k. Add more HDD space, done.
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Thank you!!! Sounds good, I'll keep that in mind. Does that graphics card have bad reviews? Or just don't need it for my type of computer?
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When considering monitors, I will be getting dual 22-24 inch screens, which would you recommend?
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