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I thought you said you were going to stream stuff through your xbox?
I figured if I had a PC hooked up then I might as well stream directly to it.

@damarious waiting would make sense, but I dropped cable not too long ago and its getting pretty bad (GF needs more on the TV)
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@damarious waiting would make sense, but I dropped cable not too long ago and its getting pretty bad (GF needs more on the TV)
been there... seriously though, I do highly suggest keeping the machines separate. ask all your family if they have any really old computers collecting dust they don't want - and see if your family and friends are willing to ask people they work with. you never know what someone has in their basement collecting dust. I've found some real free jems just by asking around!

the benefit of two machines is if one DOES happen to fail or need fixing you have a second which can "temporarily" do both jobs. but if you only have one doing both jobs you'll get use to it and then less likely to build that 2nd function machine, and then what if your one machine goes? you're screwed for a while.
    
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I'm using Comcast,But I'm using a Voice over modem,It's a RCA modem and seems to work fine.
We have 2 pc's hard wired in.
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@damarious - ty very much for the insight. I am sure people like you are the reason people on OCN want more and more boxes for their setup

So if I was going strictly the fileserver/media streaming server I was originally looking for, would it require something even as new as am2, or could I get by with a p4? Or, as in a previous post, should I just look for something with sata capability?

*edit

And also thank you for the modem advice. Looks like I'll be renting for a month or two then purchasing my own. I'm sure my wrt54g will work fine for us as a router
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@damarious - ty very much for the insight. I am sure people like you are the reason people on OCN want more and more boxes for their setup

So if I was going strictly the fileserver/media streaming server I was originally looking for, would it require something even as new as am2, or could I get by with a p4? Or, as in a previous post, should I just look for something with sata capability?
np...

my current storage machine in the back room is am2. I had an old 20GB IDE drive for the OS and started throwing in SATA HDDs for storage. a p4 would do just fine though.

The most important thing is to find a motherboard with SATA so you can get some 1TB or 2TB drives to put in it. I'd also suggest using a small old HDD just for the OS and keep your storage HDDs free of programs and OS.

this all sounds like a lot of money with a little here and a little there but to be honest i've gotten most of what I use for free from people who just wanted to get rid of old computers... and I live in a remote area of canada, so I'm sure there are lots of people in your area with old machines they want to get rid of.
    
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p4 should work my file server/media server is running on a p4 2.8 with 2gig of ram.
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Ty ty again!

So I assume the the video card has nothing to do with streaming video then?
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Ty ty again!

So I assume the the video card has nothing to do with streaming video then?
god no. you dont even need one in your storage PC. onboard vga is fine.
    
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post #19 of 20
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pentium 4 2.4GHz,
768M ram,
64M nvidia video card,
200GB HD,
DVD rom,
wired and wireless network adapter,
windows XP installed

for 40bucks and I can pick it up.

Time to buy a pci sata card

Thanks again!

*edit

Between windows server 2003 and 08 which would you suggest?
Edited by snoogins - 5/12/11 at 5:21pm
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pentium 4 2.4GHz,
768M ram,
64M nvidia video card,
200GB HD,
DVD rom,
wired and wireless network adapter,
windows XP installed

for 40bucks and I can pick it up.

Time to buy a pci sata card

Thanks again!

*edit

Between windows server 2003 and 08 which would you suggest?
Hummm, pci SATA card... I have no experience with them what so ever. Not sure if they are good or bad to put a few TB drives through. Might wanna start a new thread to ask for opinions.

Or just wait for other P4 machines on craigs list or make offers on P4 machines that might be overpriced.

I use 08 R2 here cause it was free and I was reading about it at the time I made the machine - but honestly, if you're just gonna throw media on it for storage and network access I'm pretty sure XP can handle 2TB drives. You really only need to fiddle with the folders security and sharing properties for it to show up on your network.
    
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