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Currently I am planning the following:

A home server that can store backups, media, stream media, remote access, and potentially host a small to medium site (and any necessary software).

Currently I have most of my build, but am waiting on seeing what the best solution for my CPU and motherboard will be. Plus the other portion that I created this thread for was determining the best drives for what I want to do.

I currently have two Samsung 2TB F4 drives waiting to go into it, but am going to get another drive and potentially do a software RAID 5. I also have a sandforce SSD for the OS. Could do hardware as well, but I hear that is not as good as the software solution, but I hope to god I never lose my OS so rebuilding is easy enough if something goes wrong.

I have an MSDN account so software choices for the OS, etc. are limitless.

Any advice is welcome, but the main questions I have are the following:

1) What drives are best for this solution? F4 Drives? I assume super speed is not needed.
2) What kind of RAID solution would you recommend? I mainly want to make sure that my data won't be lost if one of the drives go bad. My fear currently is that if the SSD goes with a software RAID I am screwed. Although I might be able to save an image on the hard drives and just reimage with Acronis.
3) Any CPU/Mobo recommendations?

Thanks for the help.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 5/24/11 at 4:39pm
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First things first, have you already paid to get a static IP? If not, you will eventually get a letter telling you to shut 'er down.
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First things first, have you already paid to get a static IP? If not, you will eventually get a letter telling you to shut 'er down.
I am assuming that wouldn't even matter unless I was hosting a website, correct? I would imagine remote login would have nothing to do with this as I use logmein frequently. Otherwise it is nothing different than any other PC.

Let me know as I am curious.
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I am assuming that wouldn't even matter unless I was hosting a website, correct? I would imagine remote login would have nothing to do with this as I use logmein frequently. Otherwise it is nothing different than any other PC.

Let me know as I am curious.
ISPs can tell that you are running a server on their stuff and will either charge you extra for a static IP as compared to a dynamic IP or cancel your service.
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ISPs can tell that you are running a server on their stuff and will either charge you extra for a static IP as compared to a dynamic IP or cancel your service.
I would not think simply running a media server for instance would matter for that.
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I would not think simply running a media server for instance would matter for that.
AH, ok, so long as you're not getting into it from elsewhere. I was going to convert a box into a unix server to ftp surveillance video from another location and ran into this problem.
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ISPs can tell that you are running a server on their stuff and will either charge you extra for a static IP as compared to a dynamic IP or cancel your service.
Nah. Most major ISPs don't care if port 80 or other ports are being used. Its only when they see excessive traffic on certain ports that they will block ports or send a cease and desist letter. However, it is usually against the terms of service for most ISPs to run a server that is open to the internet using a dynamic service.
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What about RAID or OS options? What do you guys suggest?
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What about RAID or OS options? What do you guys suggest?
I would say WHS 1 (not Vail) for the OS if you are planning on adding drives later on. You can also do FreeNAS and setup ZFS raid. If you are planning to do more with this server other than file storage, backup or media streaming, you'll need to go with a full Windows OS or Linux distro.

I usually go with the Hitachi 1TB and 2TB drives. Some people are against Hitachi drives but I've had only one fail in the past 2 to 3 years. The drive that failed, it failed out of box so I was just unlucky with a defective drive. I can't say anything for the F3/F4 drives from Samsung since I've never owned one before.

You definitely don't need a SSD drive for the OS on a home server. Waste of a SSD imo.

I would suggest a motherboard with as many sata ports as you can get (typically max is 6) and a gigaethernet nic. As for the processor, a low power one would be best (i3 or amd dual cores).
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