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Old February 12, 2012, 01:05 PM
PeterSmyth PeterSmyth is offline
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Just to be clear, this server will NOT be playing the media, it will only be distributing it to other devices. It is my understanding that this is not very CPU or RAM intensive.
I have found 2 motherboard/CPU options:
$130 - $20 rebate card + S&H
6 SATAIII ports
Newegg.ca - ASUS E35M1-I Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

$120 - $30 rebate card + S&H
4 SATAIII ports
Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-E350N-USB3 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson-M1 FCH Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Adding 2GB of RAM should be $10-15
Case and PSU should bring the total up to about $200-$210
I am comfortable getting only 1 or 2 HDDs for now, and not worrying about data redundancy until I get a third drive down the road.

I have a copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 that I can acquire for free(legally). Does it have any kind of parity drive capabilities? As far as I can tell, it can only do a 1:1 mirror, or simply concatenate multiple drives together into one partition.
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