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I am looking to build a home server. It will be used to back up 4 pc's, store pictures, important documents, stream music and stream Blu Ray rips and DVD ISO rips to all computers. I would also like to access the server from outside at times when I am deployed. The access from outside is a want and not a need.

I am totally new to servers and have no idea how I would connect it. I will list how my computers are currently set up and the gear I have.

-Netgear WNDR3700v2 Router
-Motorola SB6120 modem
-3 pc's (all in sig) and 1 laptop

This is how it is currently connected-----modem>router>HTPC and then the rest of the pc's are connected via wireless.

I am currently using my HTPC to stream video to my other pc's. I have a homegroup setup but, that started becoming a big pain. Always having my htpc on all the time kinda sucks. I would rather have another quiet pc (server) tucked away from the eye streaming anything I want when I want it.


My plan for this sever:

Things I have
-3 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI (taken from htpc)
-Corsair hx520 (taken from htpc)
-74gb Raptor for OS (have)
-I can get one of these for free Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition, Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition

Things I plan to buy
-low end C2D
-DDR2 RAM (2 or 4 GB???))
-Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D (might swap with htpc)
-no case/mobo decided

I plan on adding about 2 or 3 more 2 TB hard drives within the next year. I know I will be needing a RAID card then but, I don't think I need one now do I? I have about 1 TB that I would want to mirror

Questions

How would I connect the server? Wired or wireless?
Do I need 4 GB or will 2 GB be fine?
What OS should I use?
Any other recommendations?