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Home Theater and Server PC

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Last response: in Home Theatre
January 29, 2009 7:34:46 PM

I would like to combine a home theater and a server into one PC. The idea is to have a quiet theater device that can also handle storage, audio etc. Is that sensible and what would your recommend for components..

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January 30, 2009 12:32:22 AM

I had a similar plan (can't afford it) that would run Windows Server 2008 w/Hyper-V. Vista Premium/Ultimate would run as a guest OS.

My planned hardware centered around an Intel Core2Quad Q8200, a Supermicro motherboard (only Intel board I could find that supported Server 2008 out of the box) and 8 Gig of RAM. Add in with that a mainstream graphics card (ATI Radeon 4650), a discrete sound card for DVD/Video playback and a TV Tuner and you should be good to go.

At least that WAS the plan.

-Wolf sends
January 30, 2009 4:41:58 PM

The tricky part is the getting it really quiet. The more you want it to do the more fans and power supply you need. You can't get a cable or sat box to integrate either so are limited to clear QAM cable or OTA channels. Take a look at this as an alternative
and get a good ht receiver and speakers.
February 1, 2009 12:05:23 AM

I was thinking the same before but I went with NAS instead. So my HTPC can be shutdown when needed. Any files that I want for fast access goes to 1.5 TB with the HTPC, anything ealse like photos and audio files are on my NAS.

I don't mind building a server for my home but it still require monitor.