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Planning an HTPC/file server. A8-3850 fit the bill?

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Hello. I am thinking about building an HTPC/file server and I am considering using an A8-3850 for the job. Currently, the build I am considering runs at around $450. A few questions:

1. I know the APUs are great at undervolting, but I am stuffing it into a somewhat small space. How are the temperatures with the new APUs, especially in tight places?
2. Is regular Windows good enough for file-sharing? Or should I go for Windows Server? (I do have a license for Windows Server via Microsoft's Dreamspark program.)
3. I would like to make this a "private cloud" of sorts, so that I can access my files from anywhere, granted that I have Internet access. Is this possible?
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Not having first-hand experience this is a bit of a second hand advice, but the many reviews on the web paint an interesting picture.
1.They seem to be great at UV-ing, my PhII also is. On my CPU in a well ventilated case by decreasing from 1.4V stock to 1.25V the temps drop from ~65°C to 55°C in OCCT, so UVing helps. Still, the A8-3850 is a 95W CPU; UVing it maybe it'll consume as little as 70W, but this is still a lot in a cramped case. The A8-3800 is a 65W CPU (list here) that goes from 500MHz slower than the 3850 to just 200MHz slower w/ Turbo. The 3800 UV-ed could drop to some 50W which is manageable in a small enclosure.
2. Windows Home Server is built for that, it has some tools that make sharing a breeze and it actually always works. Regular Win Server must also be pretty good, but harder to properly configure (my guess).
3. Again it's easy if using Home Server because Microsoft provides DNS tracking and you can always access your files at randomname.homeserver.com All you need is good upload speed.

My take: a 65W A6 Llano would be a good choice and using WHS you'd be up & running in half a day without much hassle.
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