I am building a HTPC workstation to be used for 24-7 NAS/Backups/Webserver/Media streaming/Multi-purpose DVR and hosting several VMs/Test environments. I plan to have a linux distro on the crucial 256GB M4 ssd running VMs of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008r2. Using VMs to run and experiment with Exchange server 2010, ESXi, and Hyper-V, Windows Media Center, Free NAS, and some other linux setups. The 750GB WD Caviar Black will most likely be used for any overflow applications.
-Still deciding whether or not I want an i5-3470, i5-3570 , or an i5-3470T. Not much difference with with the 3470 vs 3570, but the 3470T has a TDP of 45w and only has two cores with hyper-threading. If my needs turn out much more intensive for this all-in-one system, then I can give myself a reason to go with a i7 3770.
- I will not be gaming or overclocking on this system.
- Mostly will be remoting into the system.
With the current case, will I still need to pick out a low-profile cooler or is the stock cooler temperatures low enough with the tight space?
I could also install an additional silent fan inside the case.
One of these maybe:
Also, I was planning on removing the wireless from the motherboard and installing a SIIG SC-SA0L11-S1 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2-Port Host Adapter. The wireless adapter that comes with the mobo was using a 2nd PCI-e slot that is horizontal. This SATA 3 adapter card will run a RAID 1 with the two 3TB WD RED 6Gb/s drives. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...