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First (Partial) Build - Media / HA Server with Upgrade Potential

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December 20, 2008 2:10:22 AM

Sorry for the lack of active newegg links - NOOB here for html and builds.

Here's my ? - I have an old IBM P4 2 ghz in a closet that is my download / home automation / whole house audio server. Tired of the "Running out of Virtual Memory" warning and lockups on spyware and virus scans.

I'm thinking that I can use the same case (horizontal in a rack - Lenovo I now recall). Maybe same PSU (not sure what power but maybe OK with the 65W processor below). I'm willing to spend a bit on Mobo / Pro to possibly upgrade case / PSU / video later.

I have an old Dell box from 95 downstairs that I think I can NAS later. So, here's my plan - please advise:

Buy a 1 tb drive + enclosure -> backup "server"; teardown and install components below; install Vista home (I have copy that didn't work on my old HP laptop); move P4 3 ghz mobo / pro from "server" to box downstairs; buy 2 more 1 tb drives for RAID 5 NAS.

Next Spring, build full I7 / Vista 64? desktop to replace old HP office laptop so I can play Fallout 3 - instead of buying a PS3 or Wii.

I have a DVD and DVD burner drive that are OK in the server - I think I can fit everything (especially with that small video card) in the existing case. See any concerns? (Should I just get a CM690 now -> but then do I aso have to get PSU and opticals?).

I appreciate any help and comments - especially compatability concerns for the major parts below.

Nate

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136284

ASUS EAH3450/DI/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814121259

ZEROtherm ZT100 thermal grease - Retail
Item #: N82E16835887010

Nippon Labs USB-25SATA-BK 2.5" Black USB 2.0 External Enclosure - Retail
Item #: N82E16817816003

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5D - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115037

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131299
December 20, 2008 3:20:48 AM

I guess not an exciting topic I changed the external enclosure to one that would fit:
Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5” & 3.5” USB 2.0 & eSATA - Retail
Item #: N82E16817153071

Guess I'll pull the trigger unless anyone sees conflicts - thanks
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