Question Computer for Camera Surveillance

spencermnemetz

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Hey yall!
I'm building a computer for a camera Surveillance system that will have upto 32 cameras. We will be using Blue Iris. They don't really give you specs for what is needed for 32 cameras, all they say is the following is good for multiple cameras: i7, 8GB+RAM, Windows 8 or 10, a fast hard drive and adequate QuickSync support. (super helpful right?)

I currently have a hp i5 - 3470s with 4gb of ram and an ssd running the software with 5 cameras and its almost always running at 100% CPU utilization. If I just do a straight line multiple of this I would need a i9-9900K or something, which is within the budget but if I dont need it, I dont want to spend that money. I'm hoping that not enough ram is causing the cpu to be over worked and that adding additional cameras wont add too much load.

Anyways, do you guys think this system would be antiquate or too much, too little?
Reliability is extremely important, this will be running 24/365. We also need lots of storage. I dont plan on overclocking because this will need to be able to run on a backup system in case power is cut, so power consumption needs to be as low as possible. It will also be in a warm room in the summer months so I dont want it overheating. That being said should i still get the k version?
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ncDcJ8

Thanks
 
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Barty1884

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Given even things like dedicated NAS systems with low powered quad-core Celerons can handle numerous cameras, a 9900K does seem excessive, and it likely won't scale linearly with cores requires per camera.
It shouldn't matter a whole lot the actual number of camers, but the resolution and framerate.
You'll have very similar overhead from a software standpoint whether you have a single camera, or 32, I would think.

From some quick reading, I think you'd want a relatively modern i7 (not necessarily the newest) - even upgrading to an IvyBridge i7 with 16GB of RAM should probably be fine.
The largest systems (20+ cameras or 800+ MP/s) may benefit from 16 GB
https://ipcamtalk.com/wiki/choosing-hardware-for-blue-iris/

You will have the benefits of newer revisions of QuickSync with newer CPUs though...

From what I've read, having a GPU for decoding isn't going to be particularly beneficial - especially not when you're looking to cut power consumption.
No, I wouldn't invest in a "K" variant (+cooler) for this purpose.

I'd actually be inclined to have the dedicated system fairly small, and have a dedicated NAS bay elsewhere on the network.

Looks like this could be a solid resource for you:
https://ipcamtalk.com/wiki/index/
 
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spencermnemetz

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Given even things like dedicated NAS systems with low powered quad-core Celerons can handle numerous cameras, a 9900K does seem excessive, and it likely won't scale linearly with cores requires per camera.
It shouldn't matter a whole lot the actual number of camers, but the resolution and framerate.
You'll have very similar overhead from a software standpoint whether you have a single camera, or 32, I would think.

From some quick reading, I think you'd want a relatively modern i7 (not necessarily the newest) - even upgrading to an IvyBridge i7 with 16GB of RAM should probably be fine.

https://ipcamtalk.com/wiki/choosing-hardware-for-blue-iris/

You will have the benefits of newer revisions of QuickSync with newer CPUs though...

From what I've read, having a GPU for decoding isn't going to be particularly beneficial - especially not when you're looking to cut power consumption.
No, I wouldn't invest in a "K" variant (+cooler) for this purpose.

I'd actually be inclined to have the dedicated system fairly small, and have a dedicated NAS bay elsewhere on the network.

Looks like this could be a solid resource for you:
https://ipcamtalk.com/wiki/index/
Thanks Barty!
This is a really good resource! I read a bunch of stuff on that forum and it looks like I really need a Intel Core i9-7980XE or something for what I was trying to do but I will have to settle for an i9 - 9900k. This is the highest CPU benchmark I could find with a decent price.
I've updated my build https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RdhkV6 Does it look good to you? Its a little pricey and I've tried looking at used parts but there doesnt seem to be much used parts for this new generation.
 

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