Originally Posted by tycoonbob
I agree with this only if you will be transcoding those streams. If you will just be watching videos of CIFS or NFS, CPU doesn't matter. If you will be transcoding content with something like Plex, Serviio, or SubSonic, then yes I'd also recommend at least the Q6600.
Originally Posted by Microx256
I had a Pentium 3 cpu on my old fileserver, it was plenty enough for running a FTP server and samba, and streaming movies and such was not a problem at all, since I was just streaming the source, without any useless transcoding and such. If you at some point decide that Pendium D is not enough, you can then upgrade, but for basic fileserver usage, a Pentium D would be plenty.
I will probably be putting my caviar green in to start, and that has alot of TV show @ 720p on it. I'm not a big movie watcher and don't own any blurays. And thats really an iffy. I would mainly be doing that to open up space in my mATX case. Otherwise I want it for a home backup, like photos and documents, a FTP server so I can access those things away from home and maybe use it as a torrent box.
I really wish I hadn't have sold my i3-550... I still have 4gigs of DDR3 and would have only needed a cheap board. Would have done anything I needed it to.Edited by Bryst - 11/19/13 at 4:37pm