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November 27, 2009 10:38:21 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: asap

BUDGET RANGE: $250 max Before Rebates without o.s.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: home server, backup, media server

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION:

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: needs to be quite, small, i would like it real low power


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i found this barbone kit on newegg that looks good

atom 330 dual core with hyperthreading
intel 945gc chipset
150 watt ps
and foxconn case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99

PQI TURBO 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40

Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RC-400-LX 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI V2.2, 32/64-bit, 33/66MHz Network Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $10

I'm getting the nic so a can take advantage of my gigabit network


total price is $240

is there anything else i can do to push the price closer to $200


I am also trying to find the right o.s. i know of whs and like it's features but i don't know if there's any good free Linux software out there.

what i want it to do is stream all my media to all my computers including hd movies and lossless audio, have automatic backups of all my computers, connect remotely to it within my home network and possibly outside of my home network.

if any one has suggestions to what o.s. i should go with it would be greatly appreciated and i would like this thing to cost a little as possible
November 27, 2009 10:40:39 PM

by the way all my home computers are running windows 7 or xp
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November 28, 2009 6:35:46 PM

help anyone?
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November 28, 2009 6:42:50 PM

how many & what type of drives do you need to fit?

Nevermind, I see the one you're looking at so I know what you're talking about.
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November 28, 2009 6:57:39 PM

Well, for what its worth I looked around a bit and I really can't see any way to cut the price much... There is this 1TB on sale for $65: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... But if its for media you probably want all the space you can get. I suppose you could also go with the single core one, but I really don't think it'd be worth it for the $10 you'd save.

Looks like a pretty decent choice to me.
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November 28, 2009 7:03:19 PM

yeah I'm planning on getting the 1.5tb which should be enough for now then i can put another drive in 5.25 slot. my major concern is i don't know what o.s. i should go with. i don't really wanna pay the money for windows home server but that may be the best way
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November 28, 2009 8:35:46 PM

I don't know anything about automated backup, but as far as sharing media and so forth I don't see why it couldn't use a Linux or BSD variant.
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January 21, 2010 7:31:36 PM

I am looking at the same components and configuration - how did this build work for you?
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January 22, 2010 3:04:44 AM

For an OS suggestion, I would first try Fedora 10 and Amahi.
http://www.amahi.org/

Your other options are:
FreeNAS
OpenFiler

If you want media streaming, you will probably want a uPnP server. The Linux uPnP servers are:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/using-your-linux-computer-...
The Firefly Media Server is also a uPnP server.
http://www.ghacks.net/2009/10/29/set-up-a-linux-media-s...

Overview of Linux NAS options:
http://dev.emcelettronica.com/hacking-network-attached-...

Take a pass on the Hitachi. There's a reason why their nickname is DeathStar.

Your hardware list looks reasonable. Since the case has so little internal storage, you may have to add external USB HDDs down the road. Keep in mind that you wont be using RAID in this initial configuration. If you go the Linux/Fedora route you can save a few bucks purchasing just 1GB RAM. That's all a headless file server requires.

If the Linux route doesn't work out for you, you can always drop back to WHS.
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January 23, 2010 5:13:36 PM

Has anyone used this barebone system? It looks cheap and low power, which is what I am looking for to build a low power WHS:

atom 330 dual core with hyperthreading
intel 945gc chipset
150 watt ps
and foxconn case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 19013#spec $99

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