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I am currently using the following hardware in my HTPC.

CPU AMD A4 5300 APU
MOTHERBOARD MSi FM2-A55M-E33 only 4 SATA ports, may upgrade to Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3Hwhich has 8x SATA 6Gbp/s
RAM AMD MEMORY Entertainment Edition 4GB PC3-12800 CL9 DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 4GB)
SSD Kingston 64GB (already own)
CASE/PSU INWIN IW-BK623 Micro ATX Tiny Tower, Black w/ 300W Power Supply

I would like to reclaim this hardware and setup a dedicated server with the ability to download using Couchpotato, Sabnzbd, Sickbeard and then stream the media via Plex to all my devices. I already have a Zalman Z9 Plus case that I plan to use as it has much more space for hard drives. My main concern is losing the media already stored on the NAS that I currently own, an older DNS 323 with two 2TB WD Green drives. I would like to transfer the HDD's into the new server and retain the files on them. I also have a third drive to add which is a WD Black 2TB, I would like to use the SSD as the OS drive if it is required.

Up to now I have discovered the following OS options.
Unraid
Windows7 with addons
Custom distro of linux [Flawless] Server Beta ISO Released! - httpimpin

I am leaning towards the Unraid OS but would appreciate input on any of the above.
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hardware looks good but for the dns 323, you just have to find a way to back them up and restore them into the new server. i have no experience with the services you want to you except plex. i do everything through the RSS on utorrent.

any os will work but the common denominator between the apps you listed is ubuntu so you may just wanna LVM it.
Edited by Dream Killer - 10/8/13 at 4:21pm
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I think I will just go with Freenas as I have been playing around with it in VM and its not too difficult to setup. I will use three 2TB drives and run freenas off a flash drive. They even have a plugins option to add plex, sickbeard, etc.
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I run my server with windows 7 as the os and I use it much the same way you described. It works really well. I might reccomend windows home server though as it has some added functionality over windows 7. I just can't use it because whs does not support windows media center which I need for my tuner card to work properly.
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