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So here is my dilemma: I have one desktop computer (Ethernet), one MacBook (wireless), one netbook (wireless), a Xbox360 (Ethernet) and 1 1080p TV in my apartment. My original idea was to build an HTPC, but gas is getting more expensive everyday!

My original goal was to have somewhere to backup my desktop/netbook/GFs MacBoook - but also somewhere to store shared files (music/movies/office documents).

I am getting Comcast in a few days (not sure the make of the modem, but apparently its wireless nowadays) and would like to order a NAS setup for my network. I was just looking at newegg, and I realize that I have no idea what I am looking for.

I am under the impressions that I can play files on my TV via the Xbox360 from the NAS.

*edit

Also does anyone know if the leased modem/router is any good, or should I be investing in a router also

I was looking at something like the WD My Book and was hoping for some advice from some OCN'ers on what I should do.
Edited by snoogins - 5/12/11 at 12:59am
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I'm in Canada so cant help with the modem but I will suggest building your own network storage machine.

Back in the day I had IDE drives stuck in a single machine and used it as storage (without backup). Now a days, you can get the CHEAPEST used motherboard that supports SATA and put some junk parts into it then get some decent size HDDs. You can do that for a lot cheaper then buying NAS (and get more room too).

Through my experience, if you set up a rig like this some RAM or a PSU may go but I've never had a CPU, motherboard, or HDD go. I mean, yeah, I've had lots of HDDs go but never in a rig I've set up for "storage only" and left on 24/7.

Could also dub as your HTPC although I've always liked to have one machine dedicated to:
storage only
on 24/7
only really accessed through the network
    
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Hmm, and it would be possible to spend about 200ish on this said machine (or under) ?
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for something just to store files im almost positive u could do it for under 200
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like a p4 setup? (I missed computers from the athlon 3000 to about the phenom II ha)
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Network - Just purchase your own modem, cheaper in the long run. Get a router with wireless and ethernet connections as well.

NAS - You should build your own. Use open box and recerts for the parts other than the hard drive(s)
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Depends on how cheap you can get some HDDs for and how much storage room you need.

you really don't need performance parts for a storage rig. or i've never used performance parts and I've never had an issue. ya install an OS and leave the thing on untouched 24/7.

the only thing i'd buy new are the HDDs. you don't want somebodys used HDDs for your storage... Get EVERYTHING else used. and if your gonna throw it in a closet, get some ugly old school case for it.

I'm not sure when first gen satas showed up on motherboards but I think I remember even P4 boards with some sata connections on it. if your moving a LOT of files daily you might need something more but if your just storing media and streaming HD video your good cause streaming gonna be more reliant on your network and not the specific hardware in your storage machine.

You might be able to find a full, working, p4 rig used for $50 on craigslist or something - then grab two 2TB drives on sale new somewhere (roughly $140 for both) and yeah, a decent storage machine with 4TB for under $200.

I've had old computers around my whole life so I've had no trouble throwing old machines like this together and maintaining them. others might see all this as to much work... up to you but if you want it, the benefits are there.
    
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Alright, so I find a used system for 50$, buy a few HDDS, great.

Now, do I then buy a video card with hdmi (do they exist on agp) for my TV?
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Alright, so I find a used system for 50$, buy a few HDDS, great.

Now, do I then buy a video card with hdmi (do they exist on agp) for my TV?
I thought you said you were going to stream stuff through your xbox?
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actually... I'd wait.

honestly...

an old dell with an 8800 could handle 1080p content fine. hell, I was given an old dell. I cant even remember the CPU that's in it but I stuck a 7600 in and now it's my bedroom htpc.

or you could wait, save a few bucks and try one of those mini-itx mobos

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-211-_-Product
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-727-_-Product

or my personal favorite - get a mini-itx with a CPU already in it, then just buy a cheap 2XX pcie card for it and theres your htpc

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-567-_-Product

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I'm not sure about those specific model motherboards, I just found random ones to give ya an idea.

I like to keep my storage machine separate from all other machines.

I know money is tight but it's worth the wait.
    
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