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I'm quite confuse. The more I learn, the worse it get. Somewhat.

I've plan on building an small intel atom, single core file server where I can use it as an torrent box, hook it up through wired to the internet and my computer. It's only job is to A) download torrent, and B) keep them in the HDs in its format. I'll be accessing the file from my main computer where it's more than capable of playing 1080ps and more as well as playing them in its default format that it came in. I don't plan on watching ANYTHING straight from the torrentbox/file server since it's integrated graphic is crap as it is.

My question is whether what I'm doing is possible. I'd mention it's a single core intel atom, but I keep hearing terms like transcoding or transmux and streaming all jumble together. I've sort of understand transcode in where the original format is change into a newer format so it can be view on a PS3 or something that originally can't stream such file before. And I'm not sure what transmux is, but shrug.

It is a single core intel atom, I don't expect much from it but I'll expect it to be able to 'stream' the video file, whether it's 1080p in mkv or other format into my computer so I can watch it without stutter or lag.

Anyone?
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As a file server, it certainly can do it. People are mentioning if you are sending the video signal from the original box. You shouldn't have any issues playing a video from the machine since it would basically be equivalent to a NAS.
     
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Oh, thank you very much!

Now,I must buy the motherboard/cpu so I can hook it up next week on my spring break and try out a used SSD that I got for cheap on ebay!

Sweetness all the way
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Oh, thank you very much!
Now,I must buy the motherboard/cpu so I can hook it up next week on my spring break and try out a used SSD that I got for cheap on ebay!
Sweetness all the way

Make sure your local network can handle 1080P throughput. Is it 802.11N or wired?
     
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wired. The router and modern are sitting right on top of it, actually which will be sitting on top of my main desktop. Uh, most local network can handle 1080p,right? I've never really used it for anything actually. I just know I had problem using it to stream file through wifi with windows 7 to my laptop which is 2 rooms away so I can watch some video (could've been 720p video).

Quick question before it confirm everything for me. The mobo support DDR2 6400 and 5300 and the CPU can support DDR3 but the mobo isn't design for DDR3. And if I check the crucial.com website (my work use that a bunch of time), it's listed as DDR2 6400, 5300 and DDR2. I assume my spare DDR2 PC4200 will work? At least hope so since it's unsupported through the mobo.

Thanks!
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wired. The router and modern are sitting right on top of it, actually which will be sitting on top of my main desktop. Uh, most local network can handle 1080p,right? I've never really used it for anything actually. I just know I had problem using it to stream file through wifi with windows 7 to my laptop which is 2 rooms away so I can watch some video (could've been 720p video).
Quick question before it confirm everything for me. The mobo support DDR2 6400 and 5300 and the CPU can support DDR3 but the mobo isn't design for DDR3. And if I check the crucial.com website (my work use that a bunch of time), it's listed as DDR2 6400, 5300 and DDR2. I assume my spare DDR2 PC4200 will work? At least hope so since it's unsupported through the mobo.
Thanks!

If its a normal 100Mbps connection, it should handle it I believe. You may need to consider a gigabit router with Cat 5e cables (standard nowadays), but I haven't researched 1080P bandwidth usage. Wifi is much harder to say whether it'll work.

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Don't have gigabit router, it's a cheapo that I brought during a black friday sale. It worked for me, I'm not sure what I'm missing out on. Better wifi? Very basic router.

Router: DIR-601

Mobo: Foxconn D41S
Maybe Foxconn D42S

The 2nd one, Foxconn D42S, might be better since there's less review about how hot the heatsink gets without a extra fan.

The only differences between them is the intel atom, the first has a D410 and the other is D425. And the differences between them are one's 1.66ghz and the other's 1.80ghz, that's literally the only differences. And one came out a quarter's later. And for some reason, the D410 beat the D425 in benchmark by 20-30 points.

And the memory's Corsair DDR2-4200, I got 2 stick of them cause I got it lying around. It's pretty old, 2-3 years most likely.
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100Mbps wired is fine for HD. Gigabit is just nicer to have , but not a necessity.
Only reason I got gigabit was I wanted faster file transfers between computers (I rip dvd's on my main computer then send them to the server. Used to take 5 minutes sometimes, now takes 30 seconds) and my server also holds all my recorded TV, so I sometimes have 3 computers pulling HD content from my server at the same time.

You may have an issue with the RAM, it just depends on the board.

And a single core atom should work fine for just handling the streaming/dl stuff. Not really high CPU usage with that. The computer your watching from will be doing all the "work" for displaying and converting files, the server will just send the data to it.
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post #9 of 9
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Cool. Thanks for the info, blupupher as well as Thejesus.

If I can't get the ram to work, It'll just be another purchase for it. and than I'll simply sell the old one to compensate for it.
Thanks everyone.

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