Originally Posted by rui-no-onna
Depends on how much storage you need and how sensitive you are to noise. When I built my file server, I needed space for 6 drives initially with room for expansion. I separated HTPC and file serving duties because I won't be able to get a nice, sleek and quiet HTPC with that many hard drives (and the requisite cooling to keep them within thermal specs). People pay a lot of attention to cooling processors and graphics cards but they rarely give a thought to hard drives. When you think about it though, processors and graphics cards can go up to 80~100C but HDD's usually have a maximum operating temperature of 55~60C.
Roger, sorry for my noobishnessh, but a NAS (the cheaper ones) are basically hard-drives w/ web UI that servers for torrent/ftp/share'in, all which could be done in ubuntu?
Edit: Looking at around 2x2tb of space
Edit2: This should work perfectly for a combined build? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112265
edit3: lol, but would the E350 handle NAS+HTPC?Edited by jthb3 - 3/23/11 at 1:58pm