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March 18, 2014 1:00:16 PM

Hello everyone, I want to build a home theater computer which i can also use as a server. I would like to have the setup do the following.

- Be able to stream my files to any device while im at the house.
- I would like to be able to connect to the PC if I am not home to access files
- Be able to run things like iTunes and possible Steam in big picture (although gaming is not really a priority)
- Be relatively fast but nothing overboard

I wanted to do achieve this by upgrading my old PC by deleting all the hard drive and installing new OS. I have a friend that does something similar at his house by using Linux based system with Samba, but i am not sure if it has all of the functionality i need.

I dont really care what OS (Id actually prefer Linux if not for some functionality issues) it is as long as it is relatively easy to use and has what I listed above. I have some hardware left over from my old pc (motherboard, A quad core CPU, 6GB Ram, an an old HD 4930) but i am willing to spend around $ 300 on this buid

If you could help me by telling me what i need for this to work or why it wont work. I am pretty new to all this so the more info you could give would be awesome.

Thanks again.

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March 18, 2014 1:04:12 PM

For streaming, get a home cloud. I can tell you to get one specific one as there are many. The thing about those is that you can access them anywhere. DON'T DELETE THE OS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It could be very useful in the future . I would advise you to buy a gtx 660 and some ram. That could be upgraded to some other stuff later on.
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March 18, 2014 1:06:57 PM

I want to wipe by hard drive, its infested with god knows what, and its vista...never liked vista...i was considering using something like debian...do you thing getting a motherboard with an HDMI out could be usefull and upgrading the CPU?
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March 18, 2014 1:11:17 PM

I would say stay with the cpu( what is it), most graphics cards already have HDMI outputs.(which one do you have) get windows 8 from windows store. I dont know a way to wipe harddrives.
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March 18, 2014 1:12:45 PM

mamamia13 said:
I would say stay with the cpu( what is it), most graphics cards already have HDMI outputs.(which one do you have) get windows 8 from windows store. I dont know a way to wipe harddrives.


I have Readon HD 4930 its pretty old also the driver is corupted so thats another reason i want to wipe
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March 18, 2014 1:17:31 PM

definitely wipe the hard drive but try to keep the OS using a backup. I guess Vista is an ok OS it'll be okay once you wipe your drive.
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