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July 13, 2010 7:49:46 PM

Too much hardware. How do I better utilize my stuff??
I have 5 systems actually 10 (whos counting), but only 5 in question.
1 HTPC
1 Windows Home Server
1 Game rig
1 Work rig
1 unused

Game rig (no plans to change unless someone has a good idea for this)
i7 920, Asus P6T SE, ATI 5870, OCZ 3x 2GB 1600 DDR3, antec p193, antec CP-850 PSU, Gskil Falcon 2 128GB SSD, Seagate 7200.12 1TB, LG DvD RW Sata, Zalamn CPNS 9900a LED

HTPC
C2D E6600, Asus P5Q, ATI 4350, Kingston 2x 2GB DDR2 800, Antec P180 (original), Antec Neo 430W PSU, Seagate 500GB 7200.10/11, Asus EHD3-100 dual tuner PCIE 1x, Plextor IDE DVD RW, Arctic Cooling Freezer7 pro

Home Server
Pentium Dual e5200, Asus P5Q, ATI 4350, Kingston 2x 2GB DDR2 800, Antec 1200, Antec TruePower Quattro 850 PSU, 10 hard drives totaling 10TB +\- ranging from 2TB to 500GB capacity for 14, a few pci 4x sata 150 cards, Intel Stock cooler from E6600

Work Rig
C2D E8500, Asus P5Q Pro, ATI 5770, ATI 3650, 4x2GB OCZ DDR2 800 (matched), Antec P182 , Corsair tx650 PSU, Seagate 1TB 7200.11, LG DvD RW Sata, Zalman CPNS 9500

Unused
AMD Phenom2 940BE, Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD3H, ATI 4850 1GB, Kingston 2x 2GB DDR2 800, RaidMax RX-700SS PSU, Antec P150, Seagate 7200.11, LG DvD RW Sata, Zalman CPNS 9500


Other unused stuff
GTX 260 216 core (will not fit in unused systems P150 Case)
Antec Phantom 500 PSU, 1 PCIe (fanless, probably does not output true 500W)
Corsair vX450 PSU new in box
Antec Mini 180 Micro ATX case (none of my boards fit this)

Considerations
HTPC and Server stay on all the time
Server needs high power PSU to power on all drives at same time 500w is not enough, trips overload
P150 case might have intermittent short in Front USB that causes system to hang
Or Gigabyte Motherboard might have problem that causes intermittent crash when using front panel USB (but I tested this with a back panel USB on each header and could not reproduce)
I would like to reduce my power consumption / heat in house
I am willing to buy and sell stuff
I am loth to put any more money into Socket 775 or DDR2 systems
I am using a lot of VMs for work
New version of Windows home server will offer on the fly transcoding for web viewing so it will need some power in 6 months, but how much?
I would consider consolidation of work and game rig, in a dual boot configuration
Work computer needs to have 4 monitor support, is used for games on occasion

I am totally stumped on the best allocation of resources, is the e8500 better then P2 940BE???

Other systems of intrest
Atom 230 desktop for Homegroup printer, scanner, always on, 20W
Atom 330 desktop for Downloads, Separate network, always on 30W
IBM thinkpad X41 40GB Custom HD, 20W (company throwout)
Acer 5760 Core Duo 1.6Ghz ATI x1400 notebook
Apple Macbook pro 17, non unibody (current work only)
PS3, no idea what this useless thing is good for??

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July 13, 2010 8:03:29 PM

Do you absolutely require seperate gaming, work, download, print systems? I would think this could all be done on your most current rig. As for the server I suppose you could use the next best cpu/mb if the rest of the hardware is compatible. No comment on the media center system. I use my ps3 as my media center and as a console gamer... the system isn't useless. As for the rest of the hardware: I'm not one to keep outdated equipment that isn't being utilized.

July 13, 2010 8:21:14 PM

you cant put TV tuners into the PS3 so that is out for media center

i could consolidate the work and play and printer, the idea of the printer system was to be able to turn off those systems and still print from a laptop. cant put the printer near the server due to space constraint,. and sever is headless so scanning wont work

download system is on a slow but unlimited bandwidth DSL and totally separate network so thats gotta stay. 300 to 400 gigs a month, uncool with most ISPs
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