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htpc/nas build

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May 22, 2011 5:03:57 PM

Hi guys,

I'm thinking of building an HTPC/NAS and I'd like to see what you think of my build.

I will probably also use this as a server for various things including teamspeak, ftp, and messing around with apache/php.

Requirements: Quiet, reliable, flawless 1080p playback (though I don't care about being able to play blu-ray discs), less than $750, Monitor not required

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
$59.99

Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
$79.99 x 2 = $159.98
(I will put these into a raid 1)

MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$94.99

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$39.99

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
$114.99 - $15 (for combo deal with mobo) = $99.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
$39.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$21.99

Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Function Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse
$27.99

Total: $538.91

Concerns:
In the future I may want to add in a tv card and use this as a dvr. Will 5900 rpm hard drives be able to record fast enough?
Will the i3 be able to handle 1080p playback? Will it be able to handle it if there are 10 people on the teamspeak server?
Should I be getting a raid card?

Let me know what you think.

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May 23, 2011 4:39:51 AM

For the HDD, yeah the Greens, especially when mirrored are going to be pretty slow, but 7200 drives are nearly double the price. No, the i3 won't be your weak spot. You shouldn't need a RAID card.
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