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Hi,

I'm looking to build a good media server and need some advice on which MicroATX Lanbox or destop to get.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-116-_-Product


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-044-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144162


http://www.xoxide.com/aerocool-m40-cube-black.html


thanks
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I have no idea about the others but that silverstone case is great! They make amazing sff cases.
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Is this just for file serving? "Media server" just means streaming videos/music, right? That would make it a file server. Have you considered mini ITX? There are a couple mini ITX file server boxes on the market depending on where you live.
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Is this just for file serving? "Media server" just means streaming videos/music, right? That would make it a file server. Have you considered mini ITX? There are a couple mini ITX file server boxes on the market depending on where you live.
I live in So Cal. what Mini ITX do you suggest?
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post #5 of 8
Lian Li PC-Q08B is really nice. Can house 6x 3.5" HDD's. Now your only issue is finding a Mini-ITX board that can support that many drives.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112265
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post #6 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
Lian Li PC-Q08B is really nice. Can house 6x 3.5" HDD's. Now your only issue is finding a Mini-ITX board that can support that many drives.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112265
This.
Out of the choices the OP put up I would have to go with the Silverstone case even though the SG06 I used for my GF's build did not impress me. But then I'm a spoiled Lian Li fan
 
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by bored7one4 View Post
I live in So Cal. what Mini ITX do you suggest?
You haven't answered my question on usage. Do you really mean "file server serving up media files" or more of an HTPC?

For a file server, if you can get by with only four 3.5" HDDs and don't mind it making some noise, the CHENBRO ES34169 is available in a 120W version for between $100-150 shipped. Quite a few mini ITX boards have four SATA ports. This Chenbro case is REALLY small at around 10"x10"x5.5".

Otherwise see below for a 6 drive solution that is larger.

Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
Lian Li PC-Q08B is really nice. Can house 6x 3.5" HDD's. Now your only issue is finding a Mini-ITX board that can support that many drives.
No problem. Check out the Zacate motherboards. The chipset natively supports six SATA 6G ports. Some of the boards have them all as internal ports.
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post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zap View Post
No problem. Check out the Zacate motherboards. The chipset natively supports six SATA 6G ports. Some of the boards have them all as internal ports.
Hmm, so far, all the boards I've seen have 4~5x SATA + 1 eSATA. Haven't come across one that has all 6 internal yet.
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