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 Post subject: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:19 am 
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Hi, I'm trying to figure out if I need to make a NAS or a home server. I want a machine that can play any format of movie/picture/music with out relaying on the TV codec. also it should be able to run different file on multiple user at the same time. also being able to access it from the net would be great too.


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:27 pm 
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So what you're looking for is a NAS unit that will do transcoding. There are some that are out there but not terribly many so you'd probably be better served by building a home "server". Note that I put that in quotes since you won't be using server grade hardware, which is fine, just purposing a PC with standard hardware for server type duties. Do you have a budget in mind?


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:20 pm 
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maybe around $800 for a server. would using a faster CPU or using a GPU make a big different on its transfer speed? Like if I were to use it to make back up or having multiple user stream from it at the same time.


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:47 pm 
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Servers are CPU dependent, and depending on what else you're trying to do, may require a more powerful CPU. If all you're doing is file serving/pushing content without transcoding, you could get away with an Atom based system (my friend does this).

But if you were to say run XMBC or PS3 Media Server so you can run media without having to worry about it being compatible with the device or not, you probably want to consider an i3 system at most.


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:08 pm 
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i was actually thinking of trinity A8-5600k on an Asrock FM2A85X-ITX. I could go with Intel if I can find an Asus p8h67-I in stock


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:11 pm 
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Why do you want that motherboard specifically? There are plenty of other options.


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:20 pm 
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the AMD one got 7 sata on a mini-itx the Intel got 6. more sata more storage.


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:50 pm 
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also do I need to connect the TV directly on the server or could I access it via lan like a NAS?


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:50 pm 
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So few things here...

  • AMD APUs run hot. For instance the A8-5600K has a TDP of 100W. So unless you plan on light gaming, avoid APUs.
  • Are you really going to fill up 7 slots? You could always buy a SATA expansion card if you really need the storage.
  • Unless you have a box connected to the TV that can access media servers or a smart TV, the PC has to be connected directly to the TV.


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:33 pm 
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What if i just use it for back ups and media server, will it still have heat issue? and can you stream games from a server, like to a SmartTV? if so then I might change to Intel then.
there's 5 of us in my family and I'm planing to give them a drive each for their back ups and the rest will be shared.

EDIT: how about A8-5500 then, it only has 65w TDP?


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:03 pm 
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stepz wrote:
What if i just use it for back ups and media server, will it still have heat issue?

The higher end APU idles at about 50C. If you give it something taxing, they tend to go to the 70s. Most other processors have the same spread, just 20C cooler.

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and can you stream games from a server, like to a SmartTV? if so then I might change to Intel then.

If by stream you mean "I can plug the DVI/HDMI cable directly into the PC and play", then yes. If you mean over the network, no. You can't even do this with a high end PC.

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EDIT: how about A8-5500 then, it only has 65w TDP?

It's probably a better option.


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:28 pm 
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BTW are these temp from stock coolers? I got a spare zalman cnps8900 extreme cooler that I'm planning to use


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:47 am 
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Yes those are stock. As long as it fits, then sure, go ahead and use it.


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 Post subject: Re: NAS or home server
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:36 am 
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if your current comp is >2--3 years old, why not use that comp as your server, and just build a newer comp rather than spend money on building a older comp as your server, if your graphic card is still good for your needs, just get a cheap one for the server, a newer mobo will benefit from a faster cpu/gpu combo.

sata cards are cheap today if you want many HDD's for extra storage.


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