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I want to build a thin client/HTPC/Storage server.
The most people that will be logged on is 5 people at one time. I would like to be able to pull full 1080p for at least 2 users at a time. Most of the people logged on will be doing browsing and word processing, etc. I was looking at a xeon E3-1265L and was wondering if that would be way too much. Also, when using a thin client system can graphics work be offloaded to a graphics card? Thanks for the help guys!
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you could literally go with a i3 3220, thats what i would get for a home server

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When you say thin client are running full blown virtual desktops or just basically having users RDP into the server and use the server directly? You have to pay extra for virtual desktop setups though.

In a typical thin client environments graphics are not an important issue.
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RDP. I just wasn't sure how to word it. Also, I asked about the GPU because I was unsure weather just the processor would handle the output it needed for the job
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i7 3970x all teh way broskie
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I don't have 1k to drop on the server. I would put one of those in my beast, if i could, way before my home server.

Edit: forgot to mention in the main post I am not partial to a brand or gen. Just don't want a million watt TDP
Edited by stringcheese166 - 5/29/13 at 11:56am
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i7 3970x all teh way broskie

Oh no...honestly any old dual core will be fine for a home server. You could get by with an old single core Pentium 4, but there are cases where I'd at least want HT providing two threads.


If you are RDPing into the server you are going to be all CPU based, but that is a limitation of RDP. You don't need much of a CPU to host files and a Domain Controller. Though where it sounds like you want the graphics will probably be on the HTPC. You can use ESXi 5.1 on it and if you have a CPU and mother board that supports VT-d you can do a "pass though" for a VM to be the HTPC and get near the full power of the GPU.

However, this would only be working on the TV/Monitor that was hooked to the actual hardware. RDP will ignore it as you just get the local CPU for graphics
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post #8 of 14
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I was hoping to use RDP and use Raspberry Pi s as RDP hosts and use those as sort of a single point HTPC.
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post #9 of 14
If you want to use the GPU in a server for your thin clients, you will need a VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) setup such as the one built into Windows Server 2012 (RDS + Hyper-V + RemoteFX), VMware View, or Citrix VDI-in-a-Box (or XenDesktop).

No free/Open Source solutions, mind you, but RemoteFX is great from my experience.
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My hope with this was to keep it less than making 4 different computers. Would I need seperate licenses for every RDP?
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