I work for a guy who needs to consolidate his external hard drives into one system. He has 4 sata drives and 2 that are unknown. I looked at NAS but decided against it because of limits on hard drive size (example: 4 hard drive NAS limited to 2 TB) and because I could build a computer for the same price. So I wanted to know what kind of system would work best for this problem. Would a cheap single core work, or would it be better to use a multiple core processor?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Could be tomorrow, or several months.
BUDGET RANGE: The cheaper the better. Would like to be less then $400, but I don't know if that is possible. Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Removing external hard drives from desk Transfer files (videos, pictures, music) to Mac G5 where he does all his editing and the like.
PARTS REQUIRED: CPU, Motherboard, Memory, Case, PSU, (video card, if not built into motherboard), and add-on cards
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com, amazon, tiger direct, or any others with good deals.)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer to use a rack mounted case. However a tower would also be acceptable.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Connection to computer would be through remote desktop. Not larger than 1600 x 1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Also there needs to be raid 0 and raid 1 support on either the add-on cards or motherboard. While there are 6 external drives + an OS drive, He would also like to be able to expand later on, so a case that was able to hold 10+ drives would be great. As for the OS, he needs to be able to easily transfer data from media server to his Mac. He has a copy of win xp pro 32 bit, but would something else be better?