build me a decent closet media server

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    currently i have an amd athlon 64 3000+, 1gb ram, on an ecs mobo. the problems i have are:
    - despite reimaging recently, the system will lock up without notice. it usually happens when utorrent is open or after utorrent crashes it checks the torrents. however, i have had it freeze up when utorrent was not open and i was transfering a file or remoting in. i was thinking it was the gigabit card, but when i used to use this as my desktop computer it would freeze sometimes when encoding with dvd shrink (the system hard drive is in a caddy that has 2 fans, so it is cool to the touch)
    - the current mobo has no onboard video, so i have a crap video card installed...even though i only remote in to the server. would like to not have this so i could have more room for more fans
    - mobo does not have gigabit ethernet, so i have a gigabit pci card
    - mobo only has 2 sata150 ports, need at least one more and sata300 preferred.


    here's the stipulations on the new build:
    it's got to be cheap, but not ecs mobo cheap. looking to keep it around $150
    does not need to be quiet.
    i have a decent case, power supply, hard drives, and optical drives already.
    i need a new mobo, processor, heatsink/fan, and ram (although i could use the ram in the mobo - it is ddr400, although that is old)
    will be running winxp pro, so i don't really need anything more than 1gb ram, but 2gb is fine
     
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    CrazyInteg Honda-Acura.net OG

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    holy crap. Prices have some down (says the guy running 2 939's and 1 socket A)
     
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    The only 775 system I have is a vmware server in the closet
     
  7. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    what does ot think about the following:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3720340&CatId=1599
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3079597&CatId=2264
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2844210&CatId=1588


    this would actually be slightly faster than my desktop c2d e2200 machine that i just built, because my desktop has slower memory

    i think i might just get this and put my current desktop in my closet as a server
     
  8. Mycophiles

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    I bought one of the HP sXXX models off ubid.com. Got it for 325$ (small form factor computer)

    dvd player/burner
    vista
    2 gig ram
    amd 5000+
    small form factor

    Only thing I needed to buy was a video card (40$) so I could use dvi. Been wroking great. No problems.

    Of course I don't use it for anything else. Just sits there and stores my shit.

    PS. The funny part about this is that my sister, at the same exact time, had decided after 7 yrs to buy a new computer. Without knowing what I bought she bought the exact same computer except she got it with 3g ram and the amd 5200+. The humor comes in when I told her what I paid. She paid around 650$.

    edit again: Here's what I got except I got the amd. http://www.ubid.com/HP_Pavilion_s34...0_2.20GHz_2GB_500GB/a11283297-rsearchone.html
     
  9. awns729

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    Why not just get NAS? Think of your electricity bill.
     
  10. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    need something to seed torrents, use tivodesktop, rip drm off of tivo files, may also do double duty with opening rar's and ripping/burning dvds

    a nas can't really handle any of that, maybe seed torrents on certain models

    electricity bill is not a concern
     
  11. Mycophiles

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    wait wait... are you literally counting the number of shits you take or does 242 = the number of noob 2008's there are. If the former then :rofl:
     
  12. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i have taken 242 shits this year. although i had a colonoscopy, so i had liquid shits one night for the cleanout prep. i counted that as 3 shits

    anyways, i'll probably get the hardware i listed at tigerdirect
     
  13. georgexi

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    let me know how that works out. i'm actually considering building a media server myself. one that will run 24/7 seeding torrents, stream movies/music to multiple machines, store my pics, manage the printer, etc. i've been out of the hardware game for so long though i have no clue where to begin :-/
     
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    Only found on offtopic.com!
     
  15. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    finally got sick of my old server. its going to make a decent desktop pc for my parents (it seems to hang more when remoting in or running utorrent - neither of which they will be doing)

    should arrive in 2 days :x:
     

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