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I have a lot of LGA 1155 systems, with a couple more about to come on line. Right now I need to figure out where the various CPUs should go to get the best usage from them without sacrificing the performance of specific machines. I’ll leave out my main desktop since that one automatically gets the best CPU. The current configurations are:

i7 3770 - in the Plex server in the living room

i5 3470 - in the HP Elite 8300 that I use as a Hackintosh (or is it a 3570 - I forgot)

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i3 2130 - in an unused motherboard, about to be swapped into a mini ITX system I’m about to build.

Pentium G620 - in the Acer z3771 AIO I just got yesterday

I’d like to find out how much performance the Plex server really needs. It just sits there in the living room recording a few programs on a 4-tuner PCIe card and doing some occasional playback. It’s got a decent Radeon something or another in it to do 4K.

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I’d like to set up the Acer as a secondary system in the office. I don’t have a concrete plan for it, but it was too good of a deal to pass up. I may even pass it along to my mother - I don’t know yet.

The mini ITX system won’t be doing much, and may be given to a friend of mine to replace his Pentium 4. It doesn’t have a PCIe x16 slot, so it probably wouldn’t make for a good replacement of the Plex server regardless of CPU.

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I’m thinking of just putting the i3 in the Acer, the Pentium in the mini ITX and calling it a day. If I can figure it out, I’d like to turn the Acer into the Hackintosh and toss the i5 in there.

In the meantime I think I’ll go and configure the Plex machine to also do some F@H work; it’s not doing much of anything, so why not put it to good use?

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