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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone.

 

I have a few questions on a home server build that I would like to start.

 

I need to know what CPU, MOBO, RAM, and HDDs (WD Red, Black, Blue, or Green) I should get to make my server optimal for what I need it to do.

 

Here is what I need it to do.
 

This will be a media server. This will be home to all my media files. I will need to access this sever from multiple HTPCs from around the house. Sometimes I could have up to 3 accessing the files at the same time. All my Bluray and DVDs will be housed on the server and the HTPCs will need to access these files with the least amount of buffering possible. Each HTPC will be using XBMC to access the server.

 

I will be running a version of Linux as the OS. Not sure on what version yet.

I will be using this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352020

 

I do not need anything extremely overkill. I just need it to do the job and do the job well.

 

Please let me know if you have any more questions.

 

Thanks for all the help.

 

- Brad

post #2 of 5
may want to post up your budget?
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

I really do not have a budget. If I have to pay extra to do what I need it to do I will pay for it. I just can't have something extremely overkill for what I need it to do.

post #4 of 5
Love the case!

wink.gif You sound like me... I know what you mean by you don't really have a budget to get the job done.

I am not "THE" expert when it comes to builds, but I will share what little knowledge I have. I am sure others will chime in. I am using a Freeware OS for my NAS and I also have XBMC on my HTPC and other hardware. I currently experience no buffering or artifacts while streaming over wi-fi. I am not sure if your hardware will all be directly/wirelessly connected to the network or a combination of both? I will assume the latter. You may need the use of wireless repeaters if you have a larger than average home for wi-fi. Can I ask what is the average size of your movie media? I successfully tested my wi-fi for 30-35GB HD ISO files with no buffering. However I compressed my final BD media files down to 7-8GB to save HD space.

Below are the equipment I tested over wi-fi successfully.
Up to a week ago, COX was my provider. I used the following hardware.
MODEM:...........I bought Motorola Modem -SURFBoard Model SB6121 --called cox and had it configured, since it was compatible with their systems.
ROUTER..........I use the D-Link DGL-4500 Extreme-N Selectable Dual-Band Gaming Router to connect to the modem

With Fios I currently have:
MODEM............Supplied Verizon Fios Modem with built-in router and wi-fi
ROUTER..........I still use the D-Link DGL-4500 Extreme-N Selectable Dual-Band Gaming Router to connect to the Fios modem

All my PCs/laptops are using the default client for wi-fi or network cards built-in to the respective Mobo's. I am not using any external PC-Card adapters or any additional separate third party internal network cards. The NAS is connected to the Dlink modem directly, as well as, my Main Full tower PC. All other hardware are connected wirelessly to the Dlink router (wireless network printer, TV's, BD-Player, laptops, HTPC and other devices). However, I still have the available option to connect to the Fios wi-fi if needed. My NAS build is a bit over the top so you may not want to follow that build exactly.

Here are links to my HTPC and NAS build. An excel sheet with the items used are posted on those links below, as well as, a reason for my choices.

NAS Build
http://www.overclock.net/t/1315802/silent-nas-build

HTPC Build
http://www.overclock.net/t/1319808/silent-htpc-build

Hope my information helps a tad.

Much Respect wink.gif
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks I will have to check out your build!

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