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Running out of space on my Computer So decided to build a media nas storage computer that I can store everything on. I want it to be as quiet as possible. Im not gonna be playing any games on it, just listening to my music off it and store my videos. Maybe a little encoding while i'm away from home. Budget I would say around 1000 or lower. What stuff would I need to start this thing and how would i set it up?
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If you weren't encoding I would suggest going for one of the pre-built WD NAS's.
They're usually pretty good.

Otherwise I would be looking at something like an i3 or i5 with a low end radeon or geforce.
Maybe even an AMD fusion cpu with some value kingston ram about 2-4GB.

I would stick with passive cooling with the case, maybe something like the 212 with the fan removed. Worked pretty well for me with my q6600 and it's pretty cheap.(maybe someone will chime in with a better option).

As for the harddrives, I would look at the green series from Western Digital(yes I am a bit of a WD fan), with a small capacity SSD for the boot drive.
For the PSU check out this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...nless-psu.html
The guys there gave me some good advice.

As for the OS, I use Windows Server 2008. I managed to get a license for it when I picked up my license for Windows 7.
You could easily get away with using Windows 7 for the nas, just strip all the fancy features from it.
Cheaper option again would be a linux distro, not sure how that would go with encoding though.

A couple of questions.
Do you have a gigabit switch or router?
Are you planning on making it headless?
Edited by Cipher - 7/26/11 at 11:42pm
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Router. Headless?
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Headless means, No ports on it.
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Headless is with no screen, just the box. Mine just sits there without a screen, keyboard or mouse. If I need to change something I remote desktop to it.
Or if you're going to have the NAS server near your main rig you can get yourself a KVM switch, and use the same keyboard, mouse, and screen.

If you've got a gigabit router then I might suggest an Intel CT PCI-E gigabit network card. It's only about a $30AUD and uses the same chipset that's used on some server motherboards. I would have gotten one myself but I had no room on my motherboard for it.
I would also suggest enabling 'jumbo frames' for your PC and NAS, it can improve transfer speeds over a network. You would be able to find it the driver settings of the network card.

Got any rough ideas on what sort of hardware you're going to get?
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I was think just a 775 with a dual core cpu and **** load of HDDs
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I don't know if you can even get 775 socket motherboards anymore. Well not new anyway.
You could get away with a single core cpu with 1GB of ram, a bunch of green WD drives.
Maybe a small capacity SSD or HDD for the boot drive. If you've got a spare license for XP you can use that as your OS and setup some share folders.

If you're going to be doing encoding like you mentioned. I would definitely get a dual core with at least 2GB of RAM, with an nvidia card.
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Originally Posted by Cipher View Post
I don't know if you can even get 775 socket motherboards anymore. Well not new anyway.
You could get away with a single core cpu with 1GB of ram, a bunch of green WD drives.
Maybe a small capacity SSD or HDD for the boot drive. If you've got a spare license for XP you can use that as your OS and setup some share folders.

If you're going to be doing encoding like you mentioned. I would definitely get a dual core with at least 2GB of RAM, with an nvidia card.
You can still get them new; a lot of online retailers sell them.
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