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Hey guys,

Planning to build a home media server+backup. Basically what I'm planning to use this for is to store my ripped movies and also work as a backup for my computers in the house.(around 4 pc's) through router.

I'm planning to hook this pc to my TV in the living room and basically play my ripped movies from there.

I was doing some research and it seems raid 1 seems most practical to me, so from my understanding i need 2 hard drives which will be in raid 1, and a drive for the OS. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
With this I'm planning to get 2 2tb WD reds, and a 60 GB m4


For the mobo i was planning to go with AS Rock PRO4-M

As for cpu, for me it will just be a multimedia server and backup so im not expecting a lot of performance, I'm planning on hitting it with a i3 3225

Now one question i have here is, is a graphic card necessary? my tv is at 1920x1080, ill be playing ripped blu rays .

My 2nd question would be, what OS would be the best to run this home media system on?
Ive read about, im not familiar with anythign but windows 7/8 but willing to try any out!

FreeNAS ( ill be using raid z1 with this)
xbmc
windows 7/8
windows server

I would also like to ask about sound card, im planning to hook it up with digital optical to my 7.1 system, would a sound card like Asus xonar DX make a difference?


Other components:
chasis: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SPW7T0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
PSU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G0WPLK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Memory : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RPCLH6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3DRD2WX13H6ZQ

Thanks!
Edited by Daste - 2/19/13 at 8:14am
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For just playing movies, it could benefit with a dedicated VGA card.
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