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Master Geek

# 68059 14-Sep-2010 12:11
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Hope this forum is ok to use.

I would like to build a server for home and office and am thinking of running Windows Home Server. I am hoping to get advice on parts based on the requirements below.

Lots of storage - a motherboard that can hold 10(+) sata drives at 2TB each
cpu with descent grunt but light on power too (if possible - grunty prefered)
ram - I'm thinking 4gb min, but have budget for more
case to hold lots of hdds, fans and looks nice
psu to suit all the hdds etc (this I'm really not sure about - how many watts req)
graphics card - mid range, just low power and quiet if possible. Has to be Nvidia too.
network card - would another network card be of use to help distribute files etc under heavy load? are there motherboards with dual lan connections?

The server will be for streaming recorded tv/movies (recorded in wmc7) around the house and also for storing my reference files work. Thus it will need to be able to 'offload' these reference files as quickly as possible when I need them to be processed on other workstations.

All other pcs in the house are windows based (XP, Vista and Win7), so I think Windows Home Sever would be the best OS for this given requirements and my level of knowledge. Open to sugesstions though.


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Ultimate Geek
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  # 379926 14-Sep-2010 23:01
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i dont think you need to 4gigs of memory, what do you want to do with it, WHS is a nice choice, i have been lookin @ it, but also look @ freeNAS. you dont need a video card, jsut get a board with on-board.

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