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January 10, 2010 11:46:10 PM

I am trying to build a home server capable of safely storing 4 TB of data (RAID required), capable of streaming HD video (HDD I/O should be fast enough) and capability to expand as needed (hot swappable bonus) I am limited to about $7-800 for the machine (I already own the SATA HDD's). Any suggestions on case, RAID card, mobo, processor, etc...

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January 11, 2010 2:28:40 PM

Not enough info. What OS would it be? FreeNAS or Ubuntu or WHS? Atom x2 or AM3 cpu? Are you green?
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January 17, 2010 12:10:56 AM

Well, that is up for debate. I own WHS, and was running WHS...until it crapped out on me. Hence the reason for a new build. I love the WHS experience, but I want to add hardware RAID for redundancy. I lost a lot of data and the rebuild/re-install/recover process built into WHS isn't 100% reliable.

Green isn't my number one priority, but saving on the electric bill would be a nice bonus.

Right now, lets assume I will be using WHS, but want to rely on a hardware RAID card for my data redundancy. Does this help?
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January 23, 2010 11:44:41 PM

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January 24, 2010 1:34:44 PM

Sorry I neglected this thread. So here's my preliminary specs:

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SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151188
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info27-151-188.0.18)

* 1 year: $6.99
* 2 year: $11.99



$25.99

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Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129024
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

-$40.00 Instant


$149.99
$109.99

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy



$359.96
($89.99 each)

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MSI 785GM-E51 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

MSI 785GM-E51 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813130247
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info13-130-247.0.18)

* 1 year: $9.99
* 2 year: $16.99



$79.99

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OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227346
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant


$89.99
$84.99

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AMD Sempron 140 Sargas 2.7GHz Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Processor Model SDX140HBGQBOX

AMD Sempron 140 Sargas 2.7GHz Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Processor Model SDX140HBGQBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103698
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy



$35.99

Subtotal: $696.91
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You can downgrade memory to 2 gigs & case/psu to any ATX or mATX case & a quality 400W PSU. 4 gigs is great for GUI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

You can pick up either of these good RAID cards for $300 apiece if you feel the need, but this still can't guarantee data. You def. need a backup plan. i.e. burn data to dvds or leave a copy at someone else's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Personally, I'd skip the RAID card, install Ubuntu Server and add required server apps such as MediaTomb (video/audio streaming for PS3/XBOX), Samba (file sharing; watch videos & listen to music right on a Windows pc/laptop) and LAMP (web server for your own websites/web portals/news feeds/newspapers; I use drupal). I'd configure the 4 TB drives as Linux software RAID which is pretty reliable.

http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Servers
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/Software...
http://drupal.org/

FWIW, I've been running a headless Ubuntu server for over 6 months w/o any loss of data. I administer it via SSH. It's command lines. You could install a WebGUI if you want.

If you need a hand, gimme a shout.

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