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,my current rig is extremely small with only two 2.5" HDD bays currently being occupied by a 750GB HDD and a 480GB SSD. I have an extraordinary amount data (Back ups, Music, Movies, .ect) So my point is, I'm thinkin its about time to invest in building a home media server. so i have been strolling around the internet looking at other peoples servers and that they can do and the price tags of it all of it.

the things I want to get out of this server are as follows:
I want to be able to access and stream from all my computers an my network
I also need to be able to stream to my Xbox and phone (if possible?)
Be able to access and stream media from school.
back up my computer and a weekly basis

EDIT: all well as possibly a game server


Thanks for your time guys. it means a lot to a noob like me thumb.gif
Edited by Springerr - 9/3/13 at 1:39pm
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,my current rig is extremely small with only two 2.5" HDD bays currently being occupied by a 750GB HDD and a 480GB SSD. I have an extraordinary amount data (Back ups, Music, Movies, .ect)

How much data do you have? 2Tb, more ? maybe like 80TB like a user on this subforum biggrin.gif

What is your data speed of your isp (UPLOAD). If you want to stream media from your home server, you need to have a good upload speed if you have for example 720p or 1080p media.

All your need can be done with a Windows os or linux, whatever you prefer. there are app like Plex, Serviio ... that can server as your media server. You can then just forward a port of you router to the server that have access to the media from outside the network.

most important is what is your budget?
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How much data do you have? 2Tb, more ? maybe like 80TB like a user on this subforum biggrin.gif

What is your data speed of your isp (UPLOAD). If you want to stream media from your home server, you need to have a good upload speed if you have for example 720p or 1080p media.

All your need can be done with a Windows os or linux, whatever you prefer. there are app like Plex, Serviio ... that can server as your media server. You can then just forward a port of you router to the server that have access to the media from outside the network.

most important is what is your budget?

I would prefer to use Linux and I want to start with 8TBs Its main purpose is mostly an archive for all of my movies and tv shows. as far as budget its mut mush of an issue seeing as i will be using it every day.
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Either Windows home server 2011or if you prefer Linux, Amahi or CentOS would be good choices. The latter two are free of course with WHS 11 costing between $45 & $50 bucks.

Personally I'm thinking about Windows server 2012 Essentials, but the price is kinda steep ($254) is the cheapest I could find on the net so.. I'm also giving Amahi a hard look. Had to switch from it awhile back because I was away from home a lot and the family isn't all that technical with Linux so I switched to WHS 11. So that they could troubleshoot themselves if needed.
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zLvZ

i have done a simple little build

-i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor
I have checked on plex forum, people were using ivy i3 and transcoding on the fly 1080p

-1150 mobo, since Haswell is new, we don't have a lot of info on these motherboard, but i trust gigabyte from my experience.

-hard drive : I don't know if you are going to hardware raid/software raid them if you aren't then you can buy bigger drive like this Toshiba DT01ACA300 (3tb) 130$ x3 to get 9tb

for the linux os you can use a usb key.


First thing I learn during my time on this forum, raid is not equal to a backup. So for important stuff it better to have a external hard driver, or use cloud. Raid will help you in case of disk failure. I suggest you to do it, in case one day one hard drive fail and you loose all your media that was on your disk. Using a cheap dell perc 5i/6 raid that you can find on ebay for 40-60$, you can have a simple raid 5 ( which with 5 hard drive of 2tb , will give you 8tb, ( raid calculator )


For the stuff you want to do with your server : http://linuxhomeserverguide.com/ Very easy guide how to setup everything on linux.
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If you are just going to use it as a file and DLNA server, you could go with FreeNAS. You can take a look at my setup guide in my Sig.
 
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