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    Build Help - Spec Please


    I've not put together my own rig for what seems an eternity, the last I remember is back when the first ever Athlon was released I'm not very familiar with what's available today and what works well together.

    What better place to get some expert advise too!

    I've moved to Mac's for many reasons however I would like build a NAS/Stream/Download machine. I was looking at buying a QNAP/Synology and running SABNZBD but user reviews were not very positive with the unpacking, streaming of files etc

    So it needs to...

    - Run Windows WHS probably,
    - Handle downloads, unrar, par2 from Usenet on my Virgin 50MB
    - Stream (transcode) to my iPad, iPhone using AirVideo or something similar
    - Stream (transcode) to the PS3 too

    I will house the server in the cellar so it doesn't matter what it looks like but I need it to be fairly quiet as we use the basement for storage and the wife is always popping down there!

    Don't need an optical drive, won't be connecting a display just use remote desktop.

    I think 1TB to start with will be enough and I can add more later, RAID is not a requirement.

    I was looking at using the Intel Atom (D525) as it consumes a great deal less power, but I don't know if it's up to the job?

    I'm at work during the day the only time it will be on is in the evening's and weekends probably use wake-on-lan maybe?

    Won't be gaming at all, so something basic would be great, I do the ITX form factor.

    I currently use a MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo etc

    Thanks very much for taking the help out I appreciate it

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    • Pob255's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus M5A99X EVO
      • CPU:
      • PhenomII x4 955 & CM Hyper 212+
      • Memory:
      • 2x 4gb Corsair Vengence 1600mhz cas9
      • Storage:
      • 250gb SATA Westerndigital + 500gb samsung +1tb Samsung
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus GTX560ti CuII
      • PSU:
      • Be Quiet E9 680w
      • Case:
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      • Operating System:
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      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 21" ips something

    Re: Build Help - Spec Please

    As this is going into the basement I'd not bother with mITX as space saving is not an issue and mITX actually tends to cost more.

    beound that I cannot help much, not really messed around with home servers.

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