Tower PC with 4-6 HDD Drive Bays

Discussion in 'Home Theater PCs' started by fade2black, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. fade2black

    fade2black Member

    Oct 2, 2001
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    I have been out of touch with Anandtech for last 15 years. You guys (or your dads) helped me build my first PC in 2001.

    Need some advice on buying a new tower desktop PC.

    I have a HP tower PC that is about 10 years old. I have a blu-ray drive and 4x HGST 4 TB disks. Boot drive is a Samsung 840 SSD with Win 10.

    Main use cases -
    1. Surf the web (80%)
    2. Rip Blu-Rays using MakeMKV (mostly kids movies). Store them in internal drives in lossless MKV format (no transcoding crap). (20%)
    3. I copy MKV files on PC to an external HGST harddrive with a USB 3.0 cable. External drive is later plugged into USB port on Samsung TV. I can watch blu-rays lossless without previews and crap, and kids love this setup.
    4. 10 years worth of photos from digital cameras and iPhones stored on internal drives.

    Non-use cases -
    - I don't play games, so don't need a powerful graphics card

    What I need
    Plan to keep new PC for 10 years or so. I am looking at a desktop tower as it supports future expansion.
    - 4-6 internal drive bays for adding harddrives (will re-use my 4x HGST 4TB + add more in future)
    - Front USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports
    - 2x SSDs (one for Win10 and one for apps/photos) (will re-use my existing drives)
    - 1x or 2x 5.25" front bays for Blu-Ray drive and DVD-RW drive (will re-use my existing drives)
    - Intel i5 or i7 is fine. Integrated graphics card is fine.
    - I believe heat is a HDD killer and would prefer a cool running setup

    Flexible on budget. I could assemble a PC based on your advice, but I have 2 kids + work stuff, so buying off the shelf is preferable. My initial thought was to buy a barebones PC from a namebrand and then fit it with my existing drives/SSDs etc.

    I took a quick look at HP and Dell offerings, but Dell XPS 8910 for example, only offers 3x internal bays, and HP designs look strange.

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