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I am looking to upgrade my windows home server 2011. I currently have 4x 2TB Hitachi drives, with a dual core atom. Recently I need more space so will be adding 2x more drives but my current board only supports 4 sata ports so I will need a new board.

I am leaving for college in a couple of weeks, and will be doing a lot of multimedia streaming, downloading to my dorm. I am thinking of Core i3-2105 or Phenom II X4 955. with a micro-atx or mini-atx only. So what I am wandering is what will be sufficient for transcoding and compressing fairly large files for downloading over internet.

so what I need is

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Or you could just get a RAID/SATA controller card? Just a suggestion. Otherwise Im no help.. Good luck!
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I am looking to upgrade my windows home server 2011. I currently have 4x 2TB Hitachi drives, with a dual core atom. Recently I need more space so will be adding 2x more drives but my current board only supports 4 sata ports so I will need a new board.

I am leaving for college in a couple of weeks, and will be doing a lot of multimedia streaming, downloading to my dorm. I am thinking of Core i3-2105 or Phenom II X4 955. with a micro-atx or mini-atx only. So what I am wandering is what will be sufficient for transcoding and compressing fairly large files for downloading over internet.

so what I need is

CPU
MOTHERBOARD
RAM

recommendation
The cheapest Athlon II X4 or Core i3-2100 would be fine. Most supporting motherboards have 6-8 SATA ports.

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Or you could just get a RAID/SATA controller card? Just a suggestion. Otherwise Im no help.. Good luck!
Atom motherboards only have a PCI slot.
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The cheapest Athlon II X4 or Core i3-2100 would be fine. Most supporting motherboards have 6-8 SATA ports.


Atom motherboards only have a PCI slot.
my atom board is one of the earlier versions which doesn't even have a pci slot. Hmm, thats what I am trying to decide whether the i3 or x4, and most boards I have looked at, that were either micro or mini ATX had a max of 6 ports. My case doesn't allow for mid or full atx boards.
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Atom motherboards only have a PCI slot.
Oooh. Derp. My bad.
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I think the 955 is going to be faster than the i3 but either or you dont need a bunch of power to download and stream
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I think the 955 is going to be faster than the i3 but either or you dont need a bunch of power to download and stream
well my currently on the atom to start say a 5gb file download it has to compress it to a .exe or .zip and that takes well over 30min just for it to start downloading. As far as streaming it can't even do that since atom is way to weak for transcoding. I am talking about over the internet for all of this. Lan works great with this little guy.
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Originally Posted by -bl4ck- View Post
I think the 955 is going to be faster than the i3 but either or you dont need a bunch of power to download and stream
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=289
I'd go with the i3 as it doesn't take up much power and is pretty zippy.
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now just one motherboard, keep in mind this will be one 24/7 for at least the next 3-4 years. So need something possibly high quality. My Zotac has been running for 3 years now no problem so not sure if they are high quality or just I got lucky.
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no one has recommendations ?
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