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Old September 5, 2013, 09:44 AM
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I am in the process of building a small home server for all or pc, iPads, phones etc but want it user friendly and flexible access from any location outside my residents. I have 3 tb wd red drives ready to go and was thinking of a quad CPU/mb combination and windows 7?.

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Old September 5, 2013, 10:03 AM
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What do you want this server to do exactly? Your post is kind of vague.
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Old September 5, 2013, 10:09 AM
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You are right. Place all my business data files, host my movies so my ps3,Xbox, ipad , itv etc can stream these videos, pictures, music.backup programs.

Remote access as well
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Old September 5, 2013, 10:53 AM
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If it's mostly about backing up/centrally storing data then you might want to consider NAS instead of full out server. If you still feel you want to have a server then check out used server on eBay.

This one is quite popular right now:
HP Proliant DL180 G6 Storage Server 2 x Six Core L5639 8GB RAM Rails 008835859909 | eBay

2x L5639 and 8GB RAM. All you have to do is throw in some hard drives and connect it on to UPS and you are good to go :)
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Old September 5, 2013, 11:39 AM
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i use an amd 5800K APU for my basic home server running on windows 7. At the moment, I have two 1 TB drives, one for movie/media storage, personal/financial files, and the other for my weekly backup of the other drive. I will need add more hard drives very soon as 1TB doesnt take long to fill up, but for now it is working pretty well. The apu was a good energy efficient home server choice
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Old September 5, 2013, 11:57 AM
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I think you'd be best served by a NAS appliance.
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What about running WHS2011?

Could be run on just about any hardware.
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+1 WHS 2011, it costs like $50 and you can put it on some hold hardware. It backs up your PCs and Mac and serves to most devices.
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Great idea. Now for a cheap quad processor and very reliable motherboard and ram.
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I've built, setup and run number of Home servers both at my residence and for clients and almost never are these systems CPU dependent. In other words, high powered cpu's are not necessary, in particular if you just want to serve files or web pages from home. I have run very in demand file servers with dual core Intel Atom cpu's which had samba, NFS, FTP and web servers (Apache) active concurrently with the cpu 90% of the time at or near idle.The most important part is the storage options/configuration you go with and the OS/Software you use.

With respect to a NAS, it is almost always cheaper to build your own then go with a commercial solution such as a Drobo for example.
My present home server has an Intel dual core Celeron (Sandybridge) for a cpu and I run Freenas (FreeNAS Project - Open Source Storage - FreeNAS Project) for the server OS as well as building one from scratch using freebsd. This allows me to run and manage a headless server without need of a monitor, keyboard or mouse attached to it and is done through a comprehensive web based interface. My main concern for a motherboard purchase was quality and does it have enough SATA ports to support the number of hard drives I will be using not just now but later as well. I chose a model, Asus I believe can't remember exactly now, that has 6 SATA2 ports. SATA3 was not a concern since the bandwidth available from SATA2 hard drives can very very easily saturate a gigabit Ethernet setup.

While I may have chosen Freenas and Freebsd as my platforms of choice, your selection can be whatever you are comfortable with. Unless though you plan on decoding high definition video at the server end, transcribing video or playing games on your server I just don't see how common Home Server tasks can demand a faster more power hungry processor.
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