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i want to build a media storage server for my home for music ,1080p movies ,and tv shows , what would be the best set-up for this type of device ? this will be my first server build ever and i'm looking forward to the challenge.
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    This build should be fine for your requirements -
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Rosewill RCX-Z1 57.2 CFM Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($11.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Rosewill 350W ATX Power Supply ($27.24 @ Amazon)
    Total: $485.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 11:38 EST-0500)
  2. Will this server need to re-encode video to other formats/resolutions on the fly? How many device will it be streaming to at once?
  3. popatim said:
    Will this server need to re-encode video to other formats/resolutions on the fly? How many device will it be streaming to at once?


    I'm not sure about re-encoding but i mainly want to be able to watch in living rm. and bedroom mainly and three computers at once on rare occations.
  4. If it is just for simple media storage and playback, you would do great with what has already been recommended. You might want to look into pooling drives so that the entire system is easy to manage or a RAID 5 in case you don't want to deal with down time while you restore from backups.

    For what you mentioned, I would recommend this:

    www.lime-technology.com

    or

    www.flexraid.com

    If you don't have a problem with a little down time in the off chance a drive fails, you could just run Windows Home Server 2011 for cheap.
  5. freenas with raidz or raidz2 should also be considered imo.
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