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So guys im just wondering what are some advantages of building my own small server for home?

how much would it cost?

what are the uses or needs for one?

I am really trying to learn a lot and just had this question for a while and this site is the best for answering all the computer related questions that pop in my head =p. Also if it matters i am into gaming. Can it do anything for internet at all?

thanks guys for taking the time to help me out
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It can be anything from a old p4 box to something insanely more expensive than anyones gaming rig. Mainly you can can use it for home use to backup data, have a central location of all your stuff, stream music, movies, and other things across the network.
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Well the advantages of a small server is a centralized file storage, pc backup and media streaming. You need to decide what OS you are going to use. WHSv1 ~$100 is a great OS for a home server, it does pc automatic backup and recovery, it can recover a hdd in about 30 minutes using gigabit ethernet. It uses drive extender so that you can add drives of different sizes to a storage pool which network folder are created. It allows duplication of data across multiple hdds. You install connector software on each of the pc and its good to go. There is also WHS 2011 but it has some problems with the RC wouldnt suggest it for awhile. There are also tons of free and paid 3rd party apps avail for whs too. There are also Linux alternatives like amachi home server. You can also use Windows 7 as an OS.
As for cost it depends on how much storage you need to start out with. You can use an old desktop or you can actually buy a WHS machine for around $400-$500 or build one for cheaper. I would suggest a low power dual core processor integrated graphics since you will probably run it headless and a couple gigs of ram. I would start out with 2 or 3 harddrives.
I use my home server to backup all the pcs and store files and movies which are streamed to an extender. I also fold on it.
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Windows home server is cool, but you may also want to look at FreeNAS. I run it on an old P4 box I had lying around, and it's a neat backup machine.
    
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