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So I want to make a server, I'm not much of an IT Im just a gamer and a builder/upgrader w/ some over clocking capabilities. So I bought this 8 port gigabit switch and ran all cat6 cables throughout and am now looking for a router. I then want to take this Dell dimension 4600 and use it as a storage/server for movies and pictures that we can all share from our pc's. I'm not sure how I will go about it but I saw a nice link on youtube see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rENHXigM75w

So my first question is ...is this a good idea? are there better suggestions using the hardware and devices mentioned? Also, I think I will need a Ethernet card that will support cat6 gigabit speeds/transfers. Will my motherboard such a card?I will also be adding 2 x 2tb drives, hope 4tb is enough. And as far as freenas goes, I'm not sure but I hear it could be complicated. What do you think or suggest? Thanks in advance for all or any advice.
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Very good idea recycling your computer for other uses.
Yes it can be done.


A couple of questions:
Are you plan on leaving it on 24/7?

What operating system are you using now?

I found this adapter that will allow you to use gigabyte Lan adapter
and it for PCI slot.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320069

Here are the specs from Dell ?
https://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4600/en/4600/sm/specs.htm#1107016

There are other questions to ask, but I will just ask a few at a time
If that will help... smile.gif
Edited by hyperkite - 2/14/13 at 10:27am
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PCI bus will limit you, and don't keep it running 24/7 because it's not very efficient.

Also, where in the Chicagoland are you from if you don't mind me asking biggrin.gif I'm from Northwest Indiana.
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Originally Posted by ZFedora View Post

PCI bus will limit you, and don't keep it running 24/7 because it's not very efficient.
 

 

PCI bus will only have a single gigabit NIC on it (assuming Dell used the 845PE properly - even though it supports gigabit direct into the northbridge and they cheaped out with that).  A 'normal' desktop PCI bus will easily take that.

 

Now if you need to add an extra SATA card things will start to be a problem, but I'd worry about that when you outgrow your current drives rather than now.  Just get a decent gigabit NIC (Intel or Broadcom chipset, avoid a Realtek) and you'll be fine.

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want to make a home server from an old pc - dell dimenion 4600 - wil lit suppor

I could run it 24/7 and it has xp pro
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want to make a home server from an old pc - dell dimenion 4600 - wil lit suppor

Also, i dont know much about pci and things. The mobo has 2 sata ports though but I dont inow if I would fill 2 tb and would need more
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