Hello all! Long time lurker, first time poster (as cliche as that sound).
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $500-600 Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Use as a Windows Media Center Extender with my Xbox 360 and backing up >1TB of data from three home computers.
Parts Not Required: Can be headless as long as I can remote access it.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Would like to stay with well known sites such as Newegg, Tigerdirect and/or Amazon.
Country of Origin: United States of America (Ohio)
Parts Preferences: Would prefer small form factor, but not a requirement. Have used intel and AMD, no preference.
Overclocking: Only if the community thinks I would need it?
SLI or Crossfire: Don't believe so
Monitor Resolution: Non required.
Additional Comments: Not really Linux inclined, would prefer Windows Home Server, but I'm open to all options.
I'm looking to get into a WHS server. I'm decent with computers and OS but not enough to get into Linux. I am more concerned about redundancy but I would like to stream my digital media to my Xbox 360 as well.
I have no idea where to begin as far as a parts list. I've looked around online but all the tutorials seem to be over a year old. I would like to stay under $500, but I also want to make sure I get a good system.
Thanks in advance to anyone that can point me in the right direction!!!
APEX DM-317 Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply: $39.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A small form factor case with a 275W PSU. If you don't trust that PSU, Seasonic makes a 300W that should fit in the same space. Either way, you will want to strap down your wires. See optional items after the main price.
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B HSF: $34.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its only 64mm high, so it'll fit in this case easily, and runs cool and quiet. you coudl probably get a much less expensive fan (a coolermaster 92mm fan about the same size is $11.99), but none this high quality -- all copper, great airflow, low noise.