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There's a good guide here on how to build yourself a NAS Server for storage:

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...-into-nas.html
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I looked at a NAS but had enough components to make a 2nd PC.

AMD 7750@1.1GHz

1x2Gb RAM

5 x 1Tb hard drives.

I used Win 7's Libraries to enable easy sharing / streaming across the home network.

I use it for DL'ing torrents / Steam etc (I have a super-slow internet connection so these things take a long time).

I use team viewer to control it; for once monthly updates and rebooting.

It uses far less power than my sig rig and does all I want brilliantly. The only real investment was the HDDs. All the other low-end components were sitting around. I have one 120mm exhaust fan at the rear and stock heat sink with the fan removed (av temps 35c).

I don't see how using your sig rig would benefit you...
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I have a cheap athlon II rig for mine. It's low power but it's only use it storage an downloading.
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For downloading or for storage this does not seem to be a problem with the way my PC already is. I have raid 0 with two drives (soon to be three) and also a back up hdd. For downloading this does not really hinder my machine other than some internet bandwidth.

Other options I have:

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If I had a laptop then having a low power server for storage on wireless router would more ideal to share info back and forth with the laptop.. correct..?? edit* this can be put on a proxy to serure the information as well...?? I am good with hardware and software but just never been down this road before..

What about the game sever thing what is this about...?? edit* alright it dawned on me this is probably for setting up multi-players online/campaign...

I am piecing it all together slowly but surely... If I had a my own website/blog/whatever then a server would benefit me since I would not have to pay for hosting.. right..??
Edited by Jasonn20 - 3/19/11 at 6:21pm
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Originally Posted by Jasonn20 View Post
If I had a my own website/blog/whatever then a server would benefit me since I would not have to pay for hosting.. right..??
You can do that on pretty much any computer. Of course, that's probably against your ISP's ToS so if they notice unusual activity and cancel your account, boohoo for you. Not to mention unless you're on FiOS, your upstream speed is probably atrocious (maybe 5Mbps max).
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To the OP a server benefits are as follows, backup, file sharing, Streaming, number crunching programs like folding@home if you want it to run but still want to use your gaming rig, off location back up, web hosting, media server if you have lots of movies and tired of loading physical media onto the dvd player. the features are endless so long as you are creative.

Granted most of the things I listed your current rig can do by adding external hdds, and so on but like i said a server really benefits those who want a dedicated machine for their uses.

In my example I have a media server/back up server. I use mine to hold my entire media collection and use other computers to access that media. With out running the risk of accidental erase do to messing with other programs and viruses and so on. Which brings me to the other benefit for my use. I keep all my steam game backup on it and most importantly all my financial,work, wifes business and families important files on a raid 1 set up. Which we all love since we just copy a shortcut to our pc and our files are protected on the server. My wife loves it because she can use the main pc for her work and when she feels lazy use the netbook and still do her work and yet her files are always available no matter what pc she uses and with out using third party sync programs that add more junk to your system. Dont get me wrong sync software is useful too. So you see for my family that is one huge plus that a server was needed and used on a every day basis.

I also allowed my inlaws and friends to upload their encrypted data to my server so they dont have to buy more hard drives or want to deal with the backs up or cost. So i set up a folder for each family member and they have their file safe with me. Again raid 1 is not the best but here in while I will get a drobo pro for more back up safety. Thats another topic.

For me the fact that i wipe out and re install windows often its perfect that my files are on the server so I never loose them. I can get a virus re install windows map the network drive and I am golden again.

See the uses are limitless is it worth it in my case yes for you no one can tell you yes or no. But i say do get your feet wet and see if you like the features it gives you.

I just wanted to give you a more detail experience with the examples of why people like me use a server.

Cost can be up to you, you can build a low end one or go all out and build a server to your liking and spend up to $3grand+ like I did. Again preference to show off my server to close friends and family so they know I am serious about my hobby and not just some amateur LOL.

Hope i helped you in some way.
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