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Build Help - Spec Please - Unsure!


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I've not put together my own rig for what seems an eternity, the last I remember is back when the first ever Athlon was released I'm not very familiar with what's available today and what works well together.

What better place to get some expert advise too!

I've moved to Mac's for many reasons however I would like build a NAS/Stream/Download machine. I was looking at buying a QNAP/Synology and running SABNZBD but user reviews were not very positive with the unpacking, streaming of files etc

So it needs to...

- Run Windows WHS probably,
- Handle downloads, unrar, par2 from Usenet on my Virgin 50MB
- Stream (transcode) to my iPad, iPhone using AirVideo or something similar
- Stream (transcode) to the PS3 too

I will house the server in the cellar so it doesn't matter what it looks like but I need it to be fairly quiet as we use the basement for storage and the wife is always popping down there!

Don't need an optical drive, won't be connecting a display just use remote desktop.

I think 1TB to start with will be enough and I can add more later, RAID is not a requirement.

I was looking at using the Intel Atom (D525) as it consumes a great deal less power, but I don't know if it's up to the job? I have a Celeron 2.5GHz in the office which didn't cope all that well!

I'm at work during the day the only time it will be on is in the evening's and weekends probably use wake-on-lan maybe?

Won't be gaming at all, so something basic would be great, I do like the ITX form factor.

I currently use a MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo etc

Thanks very much for taking the help out I appreciate it :thumbsup: :smashin: :clap:


Standard Member
I've built a HTPC/file server few months ago, it was based on atom chip but it was simply too slow. Compiling kernel took ages. I've replaced it with i3 540/4GB/1TB/HD5450 machine and everything is singing and dancing.

PS. I've used Ubuntu as OS.


Established Member
Cheapest low power option would be an AMD 740G or 760G mainboard with a low-end Athlon II dual core and 2GB RAM (get a single DIMM for lowest power use). Such a system idles using pretty much the same amount of power of the older 945GC-based Atom boards, but is considerably more capable. You also get much better expansion options (more SATA ports and more PCIe/PCI slots, and usually better NICs) than you will find on an Atom board.

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