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Why do I have a server and htpc side by side? They are both rackmounted under my stairs. Should I scrap the htpc and just put my 5450 in my server? The server is just for streaming, no encoding or heavy lifting of any kind. Should I combine them and use my old htpc as a spare or just put her on craigslist? I would of course move over the 240 regor. Just seems like I am waisting more Electricity, generating more heat and not benefiting anything.
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I agree with it seeming like a waste since neither pc is being stressed. Only reason I can think of to not have them combined is file safety but that's not even that big of a deal if you set permissions+ etc.


I'd say copy your files over to the server and see how things go, any problems revert to HTPC + Server combo again.
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Do you have plans to add another htpc somewhere else?

It does seem very useless to have them side by side though.
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Originally Posted by johonm333 View Post
I agree with it seeming like a waste since neither pc is being stressed. Only reason I can think of to not have them combined is file safety but that's not even that big of a deal if you set permissions+ etc.


I'd say copy your files over to the server and see how things go, any problems revert to HTPC + Server combo again.
I like this idea. I mean, what do you have to lose? Throw the 5450 in your server, and see what happens!
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Originally Posted by Stevo View Post
Do you have plans to add another htpc somewhere else?

It does seem very useless to have them side by side though.
I have 3 active HPTC's at the moment (up to 5 when I have guests). But I never notice my server even go above like 5% cpu. I may give her a go Thursday night.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hick View Post
I have 3 active HPTC's at the moment (up to 5 when I have guests). But I never notice my server even go above like 5% cpu. I may give her a go Thursday night.
I would leave the server along for basic streaming and installing data. you don't want it to go down when you are gaming and other are watching movies. I have 4 teenager and 14 seat home theater so when the movie stop guess who they are looking at. this is how my set up is
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