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Rebuilding media streaming file server. Thoughts on hardware?

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August 13, 2013 8:40:10 PM

So my old dell dimension e530 connected to my drobo pro via iSCSI is getting a bit long in the tooth.
I am rebuilding my server, mainly to replace the Dell, but also because i find myself running out of space on my drobo.
I know i don't need massive amounts of computing power just for a simple media server, but i'm really not sure what kind of motherboard/proc/RAM i should be getting to relatively "future proof" the server. The Dell desktop i am currently using can only really handle 1 HD stream. I tried to browse files on it from another PC, then tried to remote into the machine (while it was streaming a file to a XBMC HTPC) and it all went splat. So i want something that can handle multiple HD streams and will still allow me to login remotely if necessary.
I have a Norco 4224 case, i got the SAS expander, i have the RAID card, i have all the cables necessary and the power supply, right now the plan is to use Win Server 2008 R2, but i really keep going back and forth on what i should be using as the brains. I know people tend to go low power, efficient CPU's like atom, but i'm just worried that in another year i will be faced with the same issues i am today, with a server that stuggles to keep up with the needed compute power for multiple streams of large media files (that keep getting larger), or trying to index 32TB of data. Its not even doing any transcoding, but i do intend to run some small databases on it and hell, i might even WANT to do some transcoding on it at some point. Is there any advantages to going with server processors? More RAM? More CPU cores? Or is my best bet really just getting something super cheap and efficient?
Sorry if this question is beaten to death, i have been searching around a bit but nobody seemed to really answer the questions i had.

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August 14, 2013 5:51:31 PM

well from your description your a bit beyond a media streaming file server... LoL
I think an amd setup might work well for you. AMD tends to support eec ram for stability and an fx processor you could have an easy to upgrade setup.

The fx6300 hopefully would give you the cpu you need for about 110. if not then the 8350 should for 200.
I dont see a point in the 4310 when its at $100...

Couple that to a cheaper am3+ board considering you dont really need any onboard features you could get away with a sub 200 pricetag. Please make sure the board you select will support the new FX line (vishira) without first needing a bios update.

This is the board my server is using I think.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 14, 2013 7:00:21 PM

popatim said:
well from your description your a bit beyond a media streaming file server... LoL
I think an amd setup might work well for you. AMD tends to support eec ram for stability and an fx processor you could have an easy to upgrade setup.

The fx6300 hopefully would give you the cpu you need for about 110. if not then the 8350 should for 200.
I dont see a point in the 4310 when its at $100...

Couple that to a cheaper am3+ board considering you dont really need any onboard features you could get away with a sub 200 pricetag. Please make sure the board you select will support the new FX line (vishira) without first needing a bios update.

This is the board my server is using I think.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the reply!
I was actually thinking about an AMD based system but was thinking of going with an opteron. Mainly i was thinking about the dual GB NIC cards built into the server motherboards (for NIC teaming). I was thinking of an Asus P8C WS motherboard with an Intel Xeon E3 1220 processor. Overkill of course, but i am not quite sure how extensive my database needs are going to get. I was looking for an 8 core opteron board but didn't really find anything that was as cost effective as the intel. Another reason i liked the Asus intel board was cause it didn't require ECC RAM, which would mean i would load up with a bit more RAM for a better price...
Do you think i'm pretty far out in left field with the server components?
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