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Hi Everyone,

I'm considering building my own media server and then a seaprate HTPC. The HTPC would be very simple. It would just run Win7 and have a Blu Ray ODD. It would access Blu Ray and HD DVD files I have ripped from some file storage over the network and send it to my Denon AV Tuner to display on my projector. My entire house is wired with Cat 6 Ethernet gigabit connections.

The media server is the question. It would be a completely separate machine from my HTPC. I would like it to do the following:
  • Be on all the time
  • Use low power
  • Handle 2 to 4 SATA drives (hopefully SATA 3)
  • Easy access to the video files
To do this, I am trying to decide what to build:
  1. Processor: Should I use an Intel Core i3-2100? Is that overkill? Or something smaller like the AMD E-350? What do folks recommend?
  2. Motherboard: Should I do one of those combo motherboard/CPU things? This would go along with the first question if I do an Atom or an AMD E-350...
  3. Memory: 4GB DDR3? 8GB DDR3? Am I smokin' crack?
  4. Backplane for hot swappable drives: Is this necessary?
  5. Case: What's a good case for this system?
Thank you in advance!!
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thank you Jonowxeno!

Based on what you've said, I'm struggling on two fronts now:
  1. First, I'm looking for a solid motherboard that has six SATA slots
  2. And second, a good case.
Here are the cases I am looking at now:
  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811123127
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146051
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352002
So, if anyone can recommend a good motherboard that has 6 SATA slots, or speak to any of these cases, I am really interested...

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Originally Posted by armourcore9brker;14230318
I just order a file server build from the egg that has an E-350 proc on an Asus m-itx board.

I used 3 HDDs (1 (500GB) for OS and 2 (2 TB) for Raid-1). I got a case that has 1 internal 3.5" 1 external 3.5" and a 5.25" I then used this for the 5.25. It allows for a slim ODD because I just can't seem to get myself to part with them.

If you are fine with only 3 drives I'd get this and just use the adapter. I also swapped out the PSU on that for a different one. The case uses flex-atx power supplies. There are 5.25 to 2.5 hot swap bays if you want to use those. I just wanted something that could fit in my shelf and me not have to worry about it.

I was looking for a cheap build and my final price was around $500.
I like the price. Thank you for the advice!
Originally Posted by kujon;14230427
did you get a chance to check out this case?

Nice case!! I think I prefer the black version and it is a little cheaper: LIAN LI PC-Q08B

Looks like I could get about 6 drives in there, definitely 3 very easily. Thank you.

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Originally Posted by Jonowxeno;14236238
The Q08 is decent, have you looked at the lian-li A04 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112316

That's what I'm using, fits 7 3.5 drives + 1 2.5, but I converted the 5.25 drive bays so I have a total of 10 3.5 drives + a 2.5 SSD for OS.
I like the A04 too, but the Lian Li PC-Q08B might fit better sitting on top of my rack in my home theatre closet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112265

Has anyone used that one?

Also, Zap, can you tell me more about the eSTAT port multiplier? Is there one someone can recommend?
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