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So I currently have my htpc living room acting as a file server also. When I get my taxes I will be building a server.

Tentative parts are
athlon x4
mobo (this will be a micro center combo deal)
2 gb ram
3 x 1.5 tb hdd
1 x 1tb hdd
300~w psu
cm case (already own)

Going with the x4 because it is part of a micro center bundle. This pc may do some light encoding as well and I can always just disable cores if I'm worried about power.

I also plan to get another hdd either 1.5tb but probably 2tb as they have been on sale for the same price.

I am considering something like flex raid to have some form of parity but then I don't get the space from the new drive so not sure if thats what I want to do.

So I had originally planned to just run windows 7. This box will run programs like utorrent, sabnzbd, as well as serving my media.

Is there an advantage here to go with windows server?

Also any advice on going raid or not is appreciated. Right now all my data is unprotected and it would suck to lose it.

And for the ram 2gigs should be fine right. The bopard I get will probably take ddr2 and its more expensive then ddr3.

Thanks to anyone taking the time to read this.
Edited by lightsout - 1/31/11 at 7:32am
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If also want to run backups from the machine (I don't see why not), then I would run Windows Server. You can never really go wrong with backing up your data, like you said. It would suck to loose it. If you are thinking of going RAID, I would go against using the onboard RAID and maybe invest in a actually RAID card. Just because of the horror stories of onboard RAID failing... and well... yeah.

2GB's of RAM should be fine. I don't see why you'd need more.
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You might want to find a dual core instead of a quad...power consumption.
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You might want to find a dual core instead of a quad...power consumption.
Did you not read his post?

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Going with the x4 because it is part of a micro center bundle. This pc may do some light encoding as well and I can always just disable cores if I'm worried about power.
But yeah that should be fine for your needs i would also like to state on getting a seperate RAID card aswell.
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If also want to run backups from the machine (I don't see why not), then I would run Windows Server. You can never really go wrong with backing up your data, like you said. It would suck to loose it. If you are thinking of going RAID, I would go against using the onboard RAID and maybe invest in a actually RAID card. Just because of the horror stories of onboard RAID failing... and well... yeah.

2GB's of RAM should be fine. I don't see why you'd need more.
I was actually thinking flexraid which I think is software raid. As far as backups. I will have like 5tb's of data. Not able to do 1:1 as I can't afford that many drives. Thats why I was thinking parity would be good.

Raid cards are damn expensive. I have a pci sata card that does some form of raid, but I think you guys the real raid cards and that is not in the budget.

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You might want to find a dual core instead of a quad...power consumption.
Gotta love when people don't read your post. Its actually cheaper to get the x4 combo at MC then a x2 and same board from the egg. So I can always disable 2 cores if I don't need them.
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I was actually thinking flexraid which I think is software raid. As far as backups. I will have like 5tb's of data. Not able to do 1:1 as I can't afford that many drives. Thats why I was thinking parity would be good.

Raid cards are damn expensive. I have a pci sata card that does some form of raid, but I think you guys the real raid cards and that is not in the budget.
To be honest, I wouldn't trust software RAID but if that's something you want, then go for it. I'd rather pay the money to make sure my data is safe. I'd rather not skimp on things when it comes down to precious files. But you could always upgrade later on.
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Ok well what type of card would I need and what form of raid for say 4x1.5tb.

Just curious what my option would be, I'd like to use one of the drives as parity so I would still have 4.5 tb's available for storage.

Or am I way off here? The data isn't SUPER sensitive as its all downloaded. Wouldn't want to lose it but I also don't want to spend a ton of money on backup.
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I think I am just going to wing it. I keep my important stuff like pictures on multiple drives. Other then that I'll just hope to catch a dying drive before it fails completely.
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Do you really need 6TB HDD space? If this was my build, I'd go with a couple of 2TB (or 2 pairs of 1TB drives) in RAID1. In this situation you are just going for redundancy instead of speed, and data won't be spread over multiple drives, so your built in RAID controller should be sufficient.
 
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I built my homeserver on a fairly simular spec pc, except it is a dual core pII unlocked to triple core.

Once the hardware was put together, I first tried using Win7, then I downloaded the trial of Windows Home Server, ran that for a month and then went out and bought it. I find the built in drive extender works well for me, managing 7.5TB of data on 6X1.5TB drives is very easy with it. The automatic backup utility is one of my favorite features. Having 3 PC's that I use on a regular basis, and another 4 PC's for folding and having them all backed up every day without error or problem is very nice. I also use it as a personal web server, the Live HFM Stats link in my sig is one of the pages I serve off of it. Of course I store all my music and movies on it, and can stream to any PC's or PS3's on my local network with ease in 1080P. I also have a tv tuner card installed, and running Sage TV my server is also my PVR, which using Save TV Placeshifter I can stream live cable,or my recorded TV to any local PC, or remote PC over the net. My co-workers like watching my cable TV when we're on lunch break.

If your looking at a server level OS, and WHS's features suit your needs I would reccomend it. Also take a look around at the many add-ins people have created for it to expand on its capabilities. Aside from loosing the drive extender, the new version WHS Vail which is now in beta may be something you want to consider as well. I however will be either sticking with WHS v1 or moving up to a Small Business Server variety.


Edited by Digigami - 1/30/11 at 7:48pm
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