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I've spent the last four days during an enormous amount of research on how to build a file server. I've always had power efficiency and small form factor in mind, but the more I read, the more paranoid I get about the parts I'm choosing. Not only that, but I'm not sure if the parts I'm getting will do what I need them to do.

I was thinking about getting the i3 2100T or the Pentium G620. I've been stuck on which motherboard to get because of prices, reviews, and whether or not they support RAID. Then there's this whole software vs hardware RAID debate that thoroughly confused me. Likewise about the PSU. I'm pretty sure either way I go I can get away with a PicoPSU. Cases are stupid pricey for small form factor. Less room = more money? The hell? I can get a full sized tower for the price some of the mini-ITX or micro-ATX cases are. So dumb. And don't get me started on HDD prices... this has to be the worst time to build a file server ever. I managed to pick up two 1TB WD Green Drives and an F3 though. I'm just going to start with two drives, probably in RAID 1. I'd like to be able to expand in the future though.

Ideally I would this server to do more than just serve files and have redundancy. It will probably be used in a small business environment, so redundancy is extremely important to me. How much more CPU power do I need to be able to encode video, render 3D scenes at a decent speed (don't really care how long), or act as a server for a LAN party or something. Perhaps maybe even stream videos? Remote accessing it from the internet seems like a really cool idea. A this point, am I trying to do too much with one box? All a NAS is a watered down server, and all a RAID box is a watered down NAS. I take it a beefier server is a step above NAS?

So I guess, despite reading every forum post, guide, and review, I'm still left with these questions:

1) Given what I'd like to do with this server, is the i3 2100T enough?

2) As far as mobo's go, I won't ask for one specifically, but should I look into a dedicated RAID card even if the mobo supports RAID? Either way, explain your answer.

3) PicoPSU... good idea? Looking at 120W. Otherwise I'll look into an 330W Earthwatts PSU by Antec. I think there's on on sale right now on Newegg.

4) ECC... without getting into a three page long debate on it (I know that's a lot to ask), would it be overkill to find a board that supports ECC?

Let's say price doesn't matter, but don't go overboard with it. I want to keep this as modest as possible but be energy efficient, expandable, and small (the thing I'm worried about the least). I don't want the CPU to be overkill, but I want it to do what it will need to do well.
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2) As far as mobo's go, I won't ask for one specifically, but should I look into a dedicated RAID card even if the mobo supports RAID? Either way, explain your answer.

I've been doing more research, and it seems that a separate RAID card is ideal. That way if the motherboard dies, my RAID is protected still, apparently.
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4) ECC... without getting into a three page long debate on it (I know that's a lot to ask), would it be overkill to find a board that supports ECC?

It seems that the bonus of ECC is that faulty memory isn't written to the Hard Drive. I may pass on this for now seeing as I don't have petabytes to backup. However, the answer I read about this was well phrased and said that server grade components are only worth looking into, including ECC, if the cost outweighs the cost of the downtime.

Still wondering about the CPU. What sort of limitations can I expect from that?
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