I am looking to build a low-power and CHEAP home server. It will act as network storage and let my printer sit on the home network so will be always on. I would also like it to be usable for typical office work and hopefully be able to play HD movies as I might potentially end up using it as a HTPC if I buy a TV for the basement. Any recommendations for hardware? Thanks a lot.
Whould you mind sharing what components (motherboard, video, ram, HD) you used for your server build that is capable of running SQL/Web/VMs on AMD Athlon X4. I tried to put together a server to run 2008 R2 using Intel chipset, however, it turned out to be too expensive. Do you remember approximately how much you spend on this server?