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I currently stream my movies off my main computer to my ps3. I've also got an xbox360 i'm going to be streaming too later on. I wanna do all this from a separate computer so i can use my main computer and also incase it ever decides to crash on me. I stream mostly avi's and a few mp3's. At the very most both will be streaming movies. What kinda processing power should i be looking for? Also gonna try and keep this as silent as possible

Would a pent d or a dual core be plenty? How much ram would be needed?
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Depends on what system you're planning on using (FreeNAS is what I personally use), what type of file formatting and how many drives / what size you're going with.

If you're going for more than just a simple basic single disk and you want it to be quiet, you should go for an Intel atom or lower end dual core (My server uses a sandy bridge Pentium dual core w/ 8GB of memory for a 10TB NAS server in RaidZ) - generally the rule of thumb is 1GB of memory per TB if you're using ZFS (common for FreeNAS) but if you're using a different file format then 2GB should be sufficient.
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I'll probably either use (2) 1TB drives or a single 2TB drive. I figured dual-core would be sufficient for 2 tv's streaming at once. Neither will be streaming 1080... probably just 480. How much ram? I've got a 2gb stick or you think it would need 4gb? Also i'm just gonna use win 7 on this and use its sharing
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2gig will be more than enough for what you are doing, and any CPU that will run Windows 7 will be more than fast enough to stream data. After all, the CPUs in most commercial NAS are either single or dual core ARMs. Note that, unless you have Windows 7 Enterprise or better (or a hack) you'll have no good way to control it without a monitor or third party software.

I wouldn't recommend using a Pentium D, really. It'll be noisy and burn through power something fierce.
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I scored a e6300 to use for it. And i'm planning on just using 2gb of ram or now. If i need more I can add more later. Thx for the info
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