Backend Media Server

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  1. cw84

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    Hi Guys,

    I am looking to build a low-power home server that will be used to capture tv on a tuner card, stream 1080p high-bit rate MKV movies, and Uncompressed FLAC audio across the network. I have a Areca 1880xi-12 and am working on populating the hard drive cages.. just at this point they're all so over priced.

    Here are the components for the rest of the machine that I am considering:

    SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold

    SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O

    Intel Core i3-2100T

    Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) KVR1333D3E9SK2

    Please post suggestions for better parts or additions to the parts on this list you think I might need and am not considering.

    Thanks all!!! :smashin:
     
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    Thats more than enough and probably overkill in fact.
     
  3. cw84

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    What about OS? I have Windows Server 2008 R2, but I don't know if I want to use it...
     
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    Well I would imagine your tuner cards driver and software will dictate the OS, for example if your using something like Tvheaded then you use Ubuntu.
     
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    You could also look into WHS 2011, which was designed for this type of thing
     
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    Good point. That brings me another follow-up question...

    Of all the tuner cards out there, I am not really certain which I should go with. I will probably not need to record/watch more than two items at one time. I am just concerned with compatibility of channels (As many as possible would be nice) and content (Everything I watch is in HD format).

    What cards are recommended?


    Does it provide any benefit over Server 2008R2 (ie. performance/speed of shares, ease of creating shares, easy permissions setup, etc.)?
     
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    I'd also like to ask...

    Do you think it would be smarter to get a dual-port network card instead of using onboard? I hear that onboard can be spotty when streaming this kind of media... (no idea if there is truth to that).
     
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    Well I'm using a Revo 3610 with Win7 home premium with its onboard 10/100/1000 eth port and that streams full blu ray ISOs without breaking sweat.

    So I don't think you'll need to invest into an Ethernet HBA (host bus adapter) which has its own processor, the onboard NIC will do you fine, guaranteed.

    As to your earlier query what benefits WHS 2011 has over 2008, it's that it was designed for media sharing purposes, where as the 2008 is more business focused. As I said I'm running vanilla win7 and have no complaints :)
     
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    Parts are purchased!
    I will update once they arrive and I have the system put together.
     

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