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Ok..so i need your help here everyone. I am currently remodeling my home, and have decided due to my massive amounts of computer parts and the fact that i have my own hosue now, im going to be setting up my own server finally. I have a couple questions to everyone out there that has done this before or knows about this.

First here are the parts i have that i am going to start with, although in the next year or so i plan i upgrading my Sig Rig in which case ill turn my current setup into the server BUt for now this is what i have available:

AMD FX60 Dual Core Processor
ASUS AVP32r Deluxe 939 Board
4 gigs Corsair RAM (not sure of the speed off hand as i am currently at work)
1x - 1Tb WB SATA (for now, i plan on adding a few more drives over the next 6 months)
GIGABYTE GV-R455HM-512I Radeon HD 4550 (laying around, decent video/HD card for media stuff)

I got an old server wall mount from my friends dad, he works for a local hospital and always gets stuff from there when they are upgrading or throwing stuff out and has a server wall mount box that he is throwing out, so i am gonna get that as the case. Ill be posting pictures when i get the cabnet on Wednesday after i clean it out and see what i have to work with. I believe it holds the standard 19 inch slide trays for a wall cabnet but i have to double check.

Now.....heres what i want to do. I want to basically setup a home server to dump all my media onto and run throught me network/tv/ps3 so i can watch media in any room in my house. That i can handle, as the PS3 and tv are setup currently with my rig and all i have to do is figure out how to set it up the same way through Windows Home Server when i get it (gonna go for the newest version i can pick up) but any advice would be hepful as well.

Now..heres the added bonus that i want to do. I want to be able to host some gaming servers out of my house. Nothing high end or profession, but something that i can control and have some fun with. I was looking to do stuff like HL2 Deathmatch,CSS, CS1.6 and things of that nature. i was also looking at BF BC2 and possibly BF3 when it comes out. I am also looking at hosting other gaming servers but the media/personal server is the first thing i want to do.

Before you ask, i will be upgrading my interent from the standard 15mbps comcast to the 105mbps package as they are having a special that i might take advantage of....

so what do you all think? is my system ok for this (like i said, atleast for a little while until i do the big upgrade on my Sig)? what would you guys recommend if i go with Windows Home Server, any place you can point me that can show me the ins and outs of it? Any advice?
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...about the OS choice, if you don't already have a WHS license I wouldn't advice you to go this route. It is a good OS for a file and media server, but if you intend to use it as a regular OS you hay have some problems related to the fact it's actually based on Windows server 2003/2008
* regular antivirus won't work and this actually a huge problem if the server is suppose to be a game server as it would have contact with outside computers
* if you use WHS v1 you may have problems with using DriveExtender folders and some third party apps (data corruption, etc)
* if you use WHS v2 you won't have any of the easy-file doubling functionality that made WHS v1 popular

In my opinion XP or 7 are two OS that may do a better job at what you need since they can serve media and files, can host game servers and are supported by most regular software apps. Regular OS can also be controlled thru "remote desktop".
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Your build looks good to me for a media server. As for gaming I am not to sure about. The one I have at home cost me $300 to put together and handles media streaming with ease. If you wanted to put in a switch, I hear many good things about the Dell 2716. Cheap, fast, and runs cool, but I do everything wirelessly with a netgear router capable of N band. Easiest and cheapest way I've found to network laptops and you can still run a cable for your PS3.

Your build is fine. I use a Pentium 4, mATX gigabyte board with 2 gigs of 800 mhz Buffalo RAM. No video card and that runs everything really well. Its hooked up to my tv and plays movies fine as well. So, imo, you don't need a video card and could keep power available for everything else. If you have a 750 watt power supply then hey, might as well throw the video card in. Windows XP has been working fine for me and it's very easy to map a network drive on the other computers and set up shortcuts on their desktops.

I would say once you get your case, set everything up. Things should work fine as far as media goes.
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It's generally bad practice to have your game server the same that holds all your potentially valuable data. Also, BC2 doesn't have server files available to the public (Yes, i know they have leaked some versions, but they are blacklisted from the master server list).

I wasn't able to find the specs on that Motherboard, but I would say make sure it has gigabit Ethernet. If not, grab an expansion card.

The server should be able to host your media and maybe a game server or two no problem.

Edit: deeerrrrppp, didn't see that date on this thread. Going to go cry in shame.
Edited by Imrac - 5/17/11 at 1:41am
 
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