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Okay, so, I'm relatively new to the home server "game." I need a dedicated server to host files, backups and allow streaming/playback of HD content. I've done some research but still have questions and concerns.

Would a Core i3 be sufficient enough to handle 1080p content? or do I need to get a discrete GPU?

I plan on using WHS(windows home server) 2011, would 8GB enough for everything? or does "the more the merrier" rule apply here? Would it make a big difference?

Is WHMS, capable of running programs like Adobe Photoshop/lightroom?

Planned setup:
Intel Core i3
ASUS P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0)
Patriot Viper Xtreme 2x4GB
2x Crucial M4 64GB SSDs [in raid 0] for OS
4x SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB
Corsair 650TX

Also planning on a controller card that adds 12 sata II ports when i need more memory later.
Edited by Aiyo - 6/9/11 at 2:32am
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Hmm. Seems pretty good to me.
If it's going to be doing really intense things, maybe push the RAM up to 12GB.
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Core i3 can run 1080p, there's no need for a dGPU. In order to play media and serve files on the network you don't require much RAM, so 8GB is most definitely good enough. If you were to use it only as a server the SSDs would also be pointless as the server would run just as fast with or without them - it's usually the speed of the LAN card that limits the throughput of a file server.
So if you were to use it only as a file server and media center PC then even 2GB with the Core i3 would be enough. It could run as a headless server and manage itself and all the data you own.

If you want to run apps on the server then you'll actually use the server machine as a client - which kinda negates any reason why you'd use WHS; Windows 7 could be just as good, maybe even better from the compatibility standpoint. These apps would probably work on WHS 2011 and in this case you'd need as much RAM as possible (8GB would be good to start with). If you plan on seriously using Photoshop you may need a faster CPU as a dual core i3 can hold you back.

My take is you should make 2 rigs:
*file/media server - without SSDs, with the 4 HDDs, the i3 and 2GB of RAM and a 400W PSU
*client - SSDs only, an i5, 8GB RAM and the 650W PSU

This way you'd have the file server available to do the backups and serve media and files to all clients in your house regardless of the fact you may be using Photoshop on your main client PC.
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