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Hi Guys,

I was talking it over with my roomates this evening and decided to proceed with building a Media Server for our house since were media junkies. It will run headless in a small cabinent from our office (sitting right in between 2 of our Desktop PC desks). The questions I am having are...

1a) I work for a server company, so I have a boat load of 1U servers and server parts laying around. I actually have a 1U Q6600 with a 250GB HDD and 4GB RAM sitting next to me. For a home media server, since I want to go all out eventually on upgrades, I am assuming that a 1U case is out due to lack of cooling options, HDD space, and lack of PCI slots for tuner cards. Would one of my spare Desktop Cases be preferred in this case?

2) I just built a new Gaming Machine for myself a few weeks ago, and severely screwed up by getting an i5-2500k and mistakenly ordering an H67 Motherboard with it. I was considering just using one of the spare E8400 or Q6600 CPUs I have laying around for the server, but now I am thinking about ordering a P67 (or Z68) board to replace mine, using the current board for the server, and just getting a new CPU for it. What would be a low cost CPU good for a home Media Server that is LGA 1155?

3) What would be a good tuner card? I would like for us to have the option of scheduling TV Shows to record automatically, but don't want to break the bank picking up the Quad Tuner card. Can anyone recommend an affordable solution that is still good on features and reliability?

4) Would a Media Server benefit a lot from say i3-2120 (3.3ghz) and 8GB DDR3 RAM, or would a E8400/Q6600 with 4GB DDR2 RAM yield roughly the same results? I have spare LGA775 processors/motherboards laying around, but the cost of DDR2 RAM is pretty high in comparison to 40$ for 8GB DDR3.

Thanks very much for the help!
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For TV tuner cards, I can't recommend Hauppauge's WinTV-HVR-2250 Tuner cards enough. These cards rock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116036

I've been abusing this card for years (since college a few years ago) and this has held up quite well. I routinely record two shows at a time for hours a day (most news, sports, etc), and the card has worked flawlessly. You can pick up two of these 2250s for 4x channel recording.

As for eight gigabytes of RAM, that is extreme overkill. You could probably run the card on only two gigabytes of RAM and a dual core.
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Originally Posted by Biggs View Post

For TV tuner cards, I can't recommend Hauppauge's WinTV-HVR-2250 Tuner cards enough. These cards rock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116036
I've been abusing this card for years (since college a few years ago) and this has held up quite well. I routinely record two shows at a time for hours a day (most news, sports, etc), and the card has worked flawlessly. You can pick up two of these 2250s for 4x channel recording.
As for eight gigabytes of RAM, that is extreme overkill. You could probably run the card on only two gigabytes of RAM and a dual core.

Have you figured out how to get the remote that comes with the WinTV 2250 to work in Windows 7? I've tried everything online but I can't get it to work.
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Thank you very much! I think I will give that card a go. Not sure the Remote will be much use since this will be headless, but still looks like a great card.

I decided to go ahead and just use my old E8400 and ripped 4GB DDR2 out of one of my old 1U servers. Just trying to sell off a Q6600 and another motherboard now, and then I can pickup the card and be good to go.

Thanks!
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