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hi overclock people! my names josh and iv been making a build log on another forum but it hasn't got much response so i thought i should post it here on a proper pc site and where better than overclock.net?

most off this is copped from a different site (but i still wrote it)
thought i should start a little project log for my home sever theatre PC

requirement spec:
*remotely store music and videos for use on 2 or more pcs
*run 24/7
*be silent enough to run through the night or be inaudible to TV watcher
*run P2P downloads
*play high definition movies
*play internet tv
*browse the internet
*transfer music over wifi to car pc
*play blue rays
*have a large storage capacity that is backed up
*easy to use on the home theatre side so that family members actually use it
*be controllable via network (like remote desktop)

10/01/11
i got some stuff for Christmas:
zalman HD-501 home theatre case
2x xilence red wing 120m fans (very quite pretty good air flow)
lite on blue ray drive
OCZ 400w power supply (from my pc which just got a 500w one)


got the drive, fans and psu in the case and its looking good



now i need motherboard, ram, cpu, hard drives, sound card, wireless keyboard

dual core something should be fine
4gb off ram and 4tb off storage
i was waiting for the December bit tech buyers guide but they dint make one
and now im waiting for January's but i think its a while away yet due to sandy bridge release

iv decided against raid 5
im going to have two separate 1tb drives one having the the os and music films ect
the other just having music films ect
and then another 2 two as identical copy's
is there way i can do this without reduced HD speed and so that i don't lose anything on the cache during power down?

im going to try ubuntu as the os at first
if i don't like it or other people cant use it i think i will switch to win 7

13/01/11
got one of these
wireless keyboard remote
looks like a great product
i was planing on getting a full size or almost full size keyboard
but my mate has one for his HTPC and its bulky and gets in the way + it always ends up on the floor because hes got no where to put it
this product should blend in with my normal tv remote

it runs on a usb powered rechargeable
i would have just preferred it if it ran off AAs because i cant be bothered to charge it
the cost was more than i was plaing to pay
but its too perfect to not buy, im hoping the quality is reflected buy the price


17/01/11
got my keyboard
its a little bit lighter and a bit smaller than expected
all off the buttons give a good response and feel good apart from the space bar for some reason
can be hard to type with your left thumb due to the touch pad being in the way
the back light can often be seen underneath the keys meaning it looks a bit tacky sometimes
the connection is extremely easy its just plug and play
it even syncs itself
but the range is about 10f not 10M
pleased with it but i think its a little overpriced at 35quid but then it fulfilled my requirements perfectly so i cant complain


27/01/11
got my hard drives from Steveo finally
there 1TB segate SV drives
he only had 3 off them so im going to need to source another one off the same or just the cheapest one i can find as i dont think they need to be exactly the same

stupid credit card bill means i haven't got any spare cash this month and even though bit techs January buyers guide is out now its **** this month lol due to sandy bridge buggering things up


23/02/11
bit tech February guide is out........
but the budget pc items are more expensive that the items they replaced
alot off the value from this set-up is in its over clocking abilaty and since over clocking dosn't spark images off low power uses and quite and cool pcs i defiantly wont be over clocking and thus wont be getting my moneys worth

can anyone suggest a mother board and CPU with good enough performance for my requirements
the budget being something similar to the cost off the items in the November buyers guide?
or are the items in the nov buyers guide still good choice?

25/02/11

iv had a no brainer
take the 45 quid ish GA-M720-US3 from my main pc

buy a am3 dual core and take the 8gb off ddr2 that's in my main pc

buy a better mobo and ram for my main pc

genius!

i appreciate all help
Edited by joshnosh - 2/25/11 at 2:59am
go-fish
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500gb Deathstar 240GB crucial M500 SSD 120GB OCZ SSD Xigmatek HDT-S963 
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500gb Deathstar 240GB crucial M500 SSD 120GB OCZ SSD Xigmatek HDT-S963 
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post #2 of 5
Well since your Zalman case can handle ATX your choices are pretty wide open. I would suggest staying away from quads and nvidia chipsets, both run a little hotter. You could get a Intel 1156 board and get a i3.
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Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 4Ghz@1.4V Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Asus R9 270x DCUII TOP G.SKILL Ripjaw X (2x4GB) 1600 8-9-9-23  
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OCZ Vertex 4 128GB / WD AV-GP 1TB / 2TB Swiftech H220 w/ Noctua NF-F12 Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Asus VH232H 
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CM Storm QuickFire TK (Brown Switches / White LED) Corsair AX850 Corsair Vengeance C70 Arctic White Razer Imperator 
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Q6600 ES 3.2GHz @ 1.4V DFI LanParty UT P35-T2R EVGA 9800GTX Crucial Ballistix (2x2GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
WD Velociraptor 80GB / Samsung F3 500GB Corsair H50 w/ Noctua NF-F12 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit / Linux Mint (Cinnamon) Corsair TX650v2 (Seasonic) 
Case
Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom 9500 Abit AN-M2HD Gigabyte HD4350 512MB OCZ Gold 6400 (2x1GB) 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB / WD AV-GP 1TB / 2TB Swiftech H220 w/ Noctua NF-F12 Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Asus VH232H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm QuickFire TK (Brown Switches / White LED) Corsair AX850 Corsair Vengeance C70 Arctic White Razer Imperator 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 ES 3.2GHz @ 1.4V DFI LanParty UT P35-T2R EVGA 9800GTX Crucial Ballistix (2x2GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
WD Velociraptor 80GB / Samsung F3 500GB Corsair H50 w/ Noctua NF-F12 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit / Linux Mint (Cinnamon) Corsair TX650v2 (Seasonic) 
Case
Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom 9500 Abit AN-M2HD Gigabyte HD4350 512MB OCZ Gold 6400 (2x1GB) 
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Sounds cool, Subbed
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WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE X64 HP 2009m 20" LCD Logitech G11 ULTRA X3 1600W ATX MODULAR PSU 
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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE X64 HP 2009m 20" LCD Logitech G11 ULTRA X3 1600W ATX MODULAR PSU 
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Your requirements are similar to my HTPC build. I went with an intel i3 build because the i3's onboard GPU outputs 1080p and Dolby TruHD/DTS-HDMA with no need for a discrete graphics card. This = quieter and more efficient.
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256GB Samsung 840 Pro 128GB Crucial C300 SSD 60GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD 1TB Samsung F3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
6TB External RAID 0 EK Block, XSPC 3x120mm Radiator Windows 8 64-bit 34" LG 34UC87C-B 21:9 IPS LED Monitor 
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27" ASUS VG278H Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless Corsair AX750 Cooler Master HAF 932 
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256GB Samsung 840 Pro 128GB Crucial C300 SSD 60GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD 1TB Samsung F3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
6TB External RAID 0 EK Block, XSPC 3x120mm Radiator Windows 8 64-bit 34" LG 34UC87C-B 21:9 IPS LED Monitor 
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27" ASUS VG278H Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless Corsair AX750 Cooler Master HAF 932 
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Thread Starter 
updated.
xyxyll iv got a silent graphics card with a HDMI port from my main pc when i upgraded so its perfect
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500gb Deathstar 240GB crucial M500 SSD 120GB OCZ SSD Xigmatek HDT-S963 
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Win 10 Pro 2x LG 22" TV/monitors 550w corsair CM builder zalman Z9 
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500gb Deathstar 240GB crucial M500 SSD 120GB OCZ SSD Xigmatek HDT-S963 
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