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Hello all,

I have built several PC's before and have a pretty good understanding of servers, but when it comes to selecting parts. I could use some assistance...

The server is being built for at home and will be accessed using ethernet connections (I am one of those weirdoes who still don't believe in wireless because I "think" its slower)

It will mainly be used to deliver/ transfer information to mini PC's that I plan on building for 3 bedrooms and the main living room. These Mini-PC's will be able to have 1080p 3D playback using its own graphics card to display the image while the Server streams it.

What will be stored:
(estimated)

- 500 DVD's (6 GB average space)
- 800 Blu-Ray's (32GB average)

Budget: Maximum $2K (less is always better)

My idea was to use a 128GB Samsung 840 SSD for the OS and any programs needed (Most likely running a Linux Server)
while for storage to use the WD 4TB black drives (Approximately 9 of them as storage)

Currently I have a HTPC which is running 4 internal 3TB HDD that are MAXED and 3 3TB external Seagate HDD that are additional storage. Currently this is all backed up on additional Seagate Externals, but all of these drives have become very well....cumbersome so I figured it was time to go the Home server route.

Because this will be streaming 1080p 3d content and possibly 4K content in the near future I will need high access speeds and this is where I need the help with a system configuration. Building a Gaming/Bench PC is very different from a server PC as I have come to realize from these forums and appreciate all of the help and knowledge all of you can spare.

Thank you again for the assistance.

P.S. I have considered going through a company like DELL and HP for the server, but I really want to build this on my own and LEARN the proccess so that I can understand how it works and why it works the way that it does. Sometimes the extra cost in the build is worth the knowledge gained through the process of failure and finding success.
 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
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post #2 of 15
Alright, if you have any questions, just post them (Or feel free to message me!)

I'd be happy to explain anything to you, get you started in the right direction, etc.
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Zero, are you looking at a server class board, memory, cpu etc. or would you be satisfied with consumer class mainstream stuff?

What form factor? mATX, ATX etc.?

Any consideration for size of the server enclosure? Will all storage drives be housed internally or do you plan on using an external drive enclosure?
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post #4 of 15
Use a thumb drive to save the money buying a SSD and run NAS4Free off the thumb drive.
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Originally Posted by wevsspot View Post

Zero, are you looking at a server class board, memory, cpu etc. or would you be satisfied with consumer class mainstream stuff?

What form factor? mATX, ATX etc.?

Any consideration for size of the server enclosure? Will all storage drives be housed internally or do you plan on using an external drive enclosure?
Definitely looking to run a server class board and would like to mount into a rack if possible.

I would prefer to buy the rack and store it with easy access if needed

Form factor of MoBo would be ATX or eATX
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
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Use a thumb drive to save the money buying a SSD and run NAS4Free off the thumb drive.

I've heard of the thumb drive route and would prefer a SSd for the main fact of decreasing the failure rate. I have had so may Flash drives fail on me...I really think I have just been unlucky with that.

Maybe I could just use a 32GB Crucial M4 SSD I have an extra one in one of my builds just sitting around.
 
HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 (OC'd to 4.02ghz) EVGA x58 Classified 3 (2x) EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked in SLI Corsair Dominator GT 12GB DDR3 2000MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
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Originally Posted by zerobahamut View Post

Sometimes the extra cost in the build is worth the knowledge gained through the process of failure and finding success.

 

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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by zerobahamut View Post


I've heard of the thumb drive route and would prefer a SSd for the main fact of decreasing the failure rate. I have had so may Flash drives fail on me...I really think I have just been unlucky with that.

Maybe I could just use a 32GB Crucial M4 SSD I have an extra one in one of my builds just sitting around.

With that SSD for OS you will be more than good!

 

And you don´t need a server board unless you are going to put two processors on it, and for a NAS I don´t think you are going to need it, with a decent mobo (100$) and a mid-end CPU you will be able to stream all the content!

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Originally Posted by danilon62 View Post

With that SSD for OS you will be more than good!

And you don´t need a server board unless you are going to put two processors on it, and for a NAS I don´t think you are going to need it, with a decent mobo (100$) and a mid-end CPU you will be able to stream all the content!

The reason for a server board is for reliability not for speed. When running a file server the NIC's play a big role. Server NIC's run faster for certain things.
post #10 of 15
you should get a raid card and raid them in raid 5 or 6 with good raid controller
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816101334

or you could use something like this
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822108097
it is a 8 bay nas though
Edited by IChangedMyName - 5/29/13 at 2:04pm
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Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 500gb 2.5" Sata Seagate 1.5tb 3.5" Sata Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 55" 240hz 3D LCD TV 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800 Corsair CX 430M(now gone), used tx650 Silverstone ML03B BELKIN Microsoft mouse 
MotherboardGraphicsRAMRAM
Samsung 300ExA Intel HD Graphics 3000 Samsung DDR3 SO-DIMM 4gb Samsung DDR3 SO-DIMM 2gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 Samsung DVD Samsung low profile 2 heatpipe cooler Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 1366*768 60hz 15.6" monitor Samsung laptop keyboard with numeric keypad Random Samsung Power supply Random gray/black samsung laptop case 
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