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    perhaps SSD as OS drive too, quieter and more efficient.
    if its purely to stream movies/tv/etc to other devices, why not get a popcornhour box? connect via hdmi to tv and ethernet to router, it then streams out movies and handles everything. obviously if you want it for more than movies/music a pc is better, but it can also queue up usenet and torrent files to download to itself

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    I think this looks like the winner!!! thanks all! thats quite cheap with the cash back, i may try and find some EEC around here

    not to ask the SO
    i just shoved the first random stick of ram i found in the office in mine non ecc (now has 3gb ram) works fine no need for ecc tuff
    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    HP Microserver - get cashback and job done. Stick S2K8R2 on there and you should be good to go with media support etc.
    2008r2 i cant get dnla to work on got media player installed but tv etc just wont find it whatever i do id be tempted to shove win7 or maybe oven home server 2011 on it instead if ou want dnla

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    I run an HP Microserver, 8Gb ram, 8Tb RAID 5, 2008R2 base OS with another R2 VHD running my home exchange.
    Other than the lack of DLNA (I use ps3mediaserver - Java Upnp Media Server, dedicated to PS3 - Google Project Hosting ) its been perfect and would highly recommend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    I run an HP Microserver, 8Gb ram, 8Tb RAID 5, 2008R2 base OS with another R2 VHD running my home exchange.
    Other than the lack of DLNA (I use ps3mediaserver - Java Upnp Media Server, dedicated to PS3 - Google Project Hosting ) its been perfect and would highly recommend!
    take it you added a card to get raid 5

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    No, 2008R2 can do software raid 5.

    Not really noticed any performance hits for basic media serving, I would say something a bit more intense would require a HW card tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    No, 2008R2 can do software raid 5.

    Not really noticed any performance hits for basic media serving, I would say something a bit more intense would require a HW card tho.
    never even thought about software raid
    im actuallt wondering if i can shove a hdmi video card and a tv tuner in mine and installing 7

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    Yeh a lot of people have done that

    http://www.edwardsd.co.uk/work/blog/...erver-as-htpc/

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    I wouldnt ever recommend using software RAID! - too many horror stories i've heard.

    If anyone is interested im selling a Dell PowerEdge 840 with Core 2 Duo, 8Gb RAM, GIG LAN, Hardware RAID Card, 4x 250Gb disks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Yeh a lot of people have done that
    I'm thinking of doing something similar with my MicroServer using WHS 2011 (38.70), an AMD Radeon HD 6450 (39.17) and BlackGold BGT3620 PCIe x1 dual DVB-T2 TV Tuner (105.60). The Radeon HD 6450 from XFX (P/N: HD-645X-ZNH2) is supplied with a low-profile bracket, has a passive heatsink (so is completely silent) and supports HDMI 1.4a too.

    AMD's Radeon HD 6450: UVD3 Meets The HTPC
    So what do we do with a very low power, low performance, budget priced card? We throw it in our HTPCs of course! It’s here where we need to do some more aggressive testing as time allows, but the Radeon HD 6450 has all the makings of an excellent HTPC card. It has all the video decoding features we could ask for at the lowest TDP we’ve ever seen those features made available at. For a pure video decode and 10ft GUI card, I'm not sure there’s anything that can top the 6450. (Source)

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanT View Post
    I wouldnt ever recommend using software RAID! - too many horror stories i've heard.
    Not even ZFS?
    Last edited by Arthur; 13th October 2011 at 12:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanT View Post
    I wouldnt ever recommend using software RAID! - too many horror stories i've heard.
    Its some TV shows and what not, hardly mission critical

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    Has/does anyone use WHS? Is it set-up and forget or does it need regular housekeeping (i mean beyond the spring clean of files etc)? Just wondering whether to go down this route (HP system) or get a synology 211j as with a 3 month old at home my free time is sparse to non-existent!

    Hope this doesn't constitute a hijack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanT View Post
    I wouldnt ever recommend using software RAID! - too many horror stories i've heard.

    If anyone is interested im selling a Dell PowerEdge 840 with Core 2 Duo, 8Gb RAM, GIG LAN, Hardware RAID Card, 4x 250Gb disks.
    How much are you looking for and what OEM license is on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanT View Post
    I wouldnt ever recommend using software RAID! - too many horror stories i've heard.

    If anyone is interested im selling a Dell PowerEdge 840 with Core 2 Duo, 8Gb RAM, GIG LAN, Hardware RAID Card, 4x 250Gb disks.
    out of interest how much you after for it?

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    I run an HP Microserver, 8Gb ram, 8Tb RAID 5, 2008R2 base OS with another R2 VHD running my home exchange.
    Other than the lack of DLNA (I use ps3mediaserver - Java Upnp Media Server, dedicated to PS3 - Google Project Hosting ) its been perfect and would highly recommend!
    You can run that on both NAS drives listed in this thead. Plus lots of other media services. One of the best utils, and most simple is the ability to power the nas on and off at pre-set times. You also get access to all the one click installer apps used on the linux os.

    Also no MS licensing costs with the nas.

    I have both the micro server and nas and would point you in the direction of the nas for media, storage (raid), vpn, I-tunes server, and boat loads of other utils. If however you also want to play with an OS then I would go with the Micro server.

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