I want to build a small home network and server

Hello,

I'm one class away from my BA IT, I took several classes in general IT. Out of all the books I found just two to be really beneficial. I'm trying to get the hands on experience so my question is....

I want to build a small network in my home, wireless and also wired; printer, laptop, desktop, server (I have 4 1TB external drives of movies/music I want to be available to all computers)

Where would I start from building a server with my hard drives, good modem, router, switch port, firewall internet speed/connection etc. This is my first project I want to try.
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  1. you would first need to start with the server, and all the parts to build the server, ie.... server motherboard, server processor, memory, power supply, case (or chassis) to start with - http://www.servethehome.com/category/server-parts/motherboards/

    then you need server Operating System software like this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416440

    based on the server you build, you could have any number of drives connected in any way

    you have a lot of reading to do...
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