I have decided to build a media server for my network. I build high end systems usually and need some advice on server components that is not overkill. I might have it hooked up to a tv but not sure. Basically I want lots of storage so we can acess our movies, music and shared files over the network to open space on my desktop and hr notebook. If I hook it up to a tv I might use a tv tuner card and use it for a dvr but still not sure. I cant decide on the case either. Thinking of a corsair 650d or some coolermaster. Doubt we will ever play games but I guess a mid level gpu would work or maybe a sandy bridge built in.
So from the looks of it, it seems that you kind of want a Media server / HTPC.
Something like Antec 300 or Anter 300 illusion would work fine for you on the case front. The illusion has 4 adjustable fans that will keep the HDD's cool and it should still be whisper quiet. It has 6 internal hard drive locations, so that should be easily enough for storage. 6x2TB in raid 5 = 10TB And you will probably do fine with less.
A dual core CPU should be enough juice to run your CPU stuff such as i3 2100. However looking at reviews the integrated HD2000 does have some issue with 1080p playback with lots of stuff on the screen so I would recommend a GPU. Something in the $100 range max should be able to handle things great.
Probably a motherboard which supports your desired RAID solution would be fine. If you want to go overboard a raid card with support for 4 or 8 HDD's would of course be great, but it's pretty hard to justify the $300-500 price tag.
Pretty much the standard 4-8 gigs of ram.
5400 or 5900 RPM Green drives are generally the way to go for these servers as with raid they are fast enough and they make less noise and run cooler.
They are also dirt cheap. (~$65 for 2TB)
If you want to play blu-ray's get a blu-ray reader, otherwise stick with a DVD writer.
PSU: They are quite expensive, but I would look at PSU's from seasonic. 2 fanless models FL-400 and FL-460 should work just fine for you and have enough juice for your things. If you want to get one with fan the X560 would easilly have enough power for your needs and most likely it would not run the fan at your power usage anyway.
All 80+ Gold rated.
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If I was building a sort of high end media server this is what I would do (the SSD is probably over kill you can drop and add another 2TB drive). I was thinking to keep power down as it will be on all the time hence the green drives. using the 35W i3-2100T is also something to think about:
am looking to make a server to just making it out of my old pc the only thing is the hard drives am all so putting in 2 1Gbps net cards and will bridge them with a switch as there are six pc's and the server is all so my gate way to the net as for cooling am going for oil this will do many good things like no sound at all no dust and it will be heavy only drawback is if something needs to be changed