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Budget HTPC/Seedbox/server help please

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March 7, 2011 4:36:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably within the month

Budget Range: <$350 Before Rebates (will upgrade later though)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: seedbox, online accessible server, dvd ripping, dvd watching, possibly nas

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: cheapest that will work well (enough)

Overclocking: No / Maybe (if stable and worthwhile)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 720p

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC

So I have some money and would like to get a multi-use comp. It would be an HTPC, 24/7 seedbox (just to download/upload for me), online-accesable server, personal proxy, and NAS if possible. I have done quite a bit of research, and have come up with a parts list. For now, I am not buying a cd drive (can install OS from USB), I will save up for a Blu-ray drive.

For the cpu i feel like going with an amd quad core, due to its multitasking needs. The mobo has an HDMI output so i can use it with my Tv, so i don't have to buy a monitor (will run headless though).
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

ram
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Low power 1tb hard drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Low profile case with psu
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

wireless adapter
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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

Will these parts work for my requirements? Any advice or suggestion welcome. Thanks for your help!
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March 7, 2011 11:03:04 AM

I'm sure you notice the other combo with that same MB and the Phenom II X4 920 for just $5 more

The Zonet ZEW1642D 802.11N Wireless PCI Adapter got very good customer reviews.

Over @ NewEgg I found this Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply $50 278 customer reviews, mostly positive.
Quiet in a low power build, but the included fan and PSU can get a bit loud when working hard to power the system and keep it cool.

I also noticed the E6500 C2D Pentium & MSI G41M-E43 $130 It would run somewhat cooler- 65W. X4 920 & X4 9750=125W

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March 7, 2011 3:46:28 PM

Thanks everyone for your help. I have 1 last question though. Would it be possible to partition this builds hard drive (prob 500gb/500gb) and use it as NAS for backup purposes? I would probably be running windows 7. Thanks!
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March 7, 2011 6:34:47 PM

That would work.
Windows 7 won't care and to the network that will look like just another hard disk.
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March 7, 2011 6:38:28 PM

WR2 said:
That would work.
Windows 7 won't care and to the network that will look like just another hard disk.

great thanks
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