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I am looking to spend around $200 not including drives. Less is even better.

Looking for Micro ATX and I want the case to be small too. The Thermaltake on Newegg seems nice and easy to work with, but I am unsure how big it really would be. I am hoping this will sit on a shelf of sorts between my other two PC's.

Looking to be able to backup up to 2 TB worth of data. I am not sure whether such a build needs RAID or not, but that might be something I consider.

Also, I don't have an additional $100 to spend on WHS on top of the build so I may go Linux if it is essentially the same. I am looking to back up 3 PC's media onto this and will also want to stream from this as well. Of course I like security and as a bonus I would like to be able to run a server on it if need be.

Thanks in advance. I trust there may be combo deals on the Egg as well, but I could not find any that seemed to be worth it.
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There's a Microcenter 40 mins away..... Athlon II X2 250 + MSI 785GM-P45 for $78 - $20 MIR.
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I just made a post about how quickly and amazingly easy Fusion Linux installed for me. I was an ubuntu fan-boy but this Fedora remix is really polished. Fedora (and Fusion Linux) are the community (aka free) version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) which is Dell ships on their servers.

In linux-land, you're looking to run a "samba server". Samba is linux-speak for windows share. Your windows boxes will never know the difference.
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For a home server, Amahi might be a better choice.... It is designed specifically for file sharing and system backups.
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Originally Posted by unexpectedly View Post
I just made a post about how quickly and amazingly easy Fusion Linux installed for me. I was an ubuntu fan-boy but this Fedora remix is really polished. Fedora (and Fusion Linux) are the community (aka free) version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) which is Dell ships on their servers.

In linux-land, you're looking to run a "samba server". Samba is linux-speak for windows share. Your windows boxes will never know the difference.
So what would this Samba server give me for what I need to do and is it fairly easy to use? I take it the distro I want is Fusion?

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For a home server, Amahi might be a better choice.... It is designed specifically for file sharing and system backups.
Sounds about right, except if I choose to run a Vent server or domain on the system... will it still do that? I just like options.
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So what would this Samba server give me for what I need to do and is it fairly easy to use? I take it the distro I want is Fusion?
Samba makes it so that on your file server, you pick the directory to share, the windows workgroup name and server name. And user/pass too if u care. Then nothing special in windows... If you tell Samba your server is NAS, then in windows, \\\
as\\ gets you there. And you can map a network drive to \\\
as\\ so that programs can use it via a drive letter (like n.

FusionLinux or ubuntu. Both are great distros. You can Google to learn about it more... Search for ubuntu 10.10 Samba or fedora Samba. There is tons of support out there. Lots of people make howto's with pics.

Ubuntu has amazing community support via ubuntuforums.org. ... That site is a lot like ocn. Im literally a newbie in fedora, and i haven't looked around for their community support yet.

:-) Chris
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Thanks for the info. My only dilemma is this, I know I can get the cpu, motherboard, etc. But a) will I need an optical drive (I assume so?), b) what's the best case for a setup like this (or do I need to get a server rack) and c) do I need to RAID this (this helps me to determine how many drives I need to purchase)?
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software raid alternatives are unraid and flex raid. So far i like flex raid due to it is a freeware open development and you only need one or two parity drives.

I would get a blu-ray reader also so you can rip your blurays directly to your fileserver/home server.

as far as cases are concerned a mid case is fine. I have a no name midsize case so it is really no money out of my pocket. fits up to 8 HDD's. i will probbly mod it to fit fans on the sidepanels to lower the hdd temps.

server racks are fine but most people will just use old cases and mod them. Server racks dont come cheap.
Edited by lilraver018 - 1/1/11 at 6:33pm
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Ubuntu can install from usb stick. Check out www.pendrivelinux.com they have tons of info to help windows people get it going. I usually prefer to install from usb as it's normally faster than cd.

Raid is more of a personal choice. If u can replace the info on the drive, raid isn't necessary.
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You can either go for RAID 1 which is mirroring your drives to protect you data in case of drive failures. RAID requires a RAID controller. Or you could go the route of files duplication using software. You said you don't want to spend money so I would choose software duplication route for you.
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