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Hello - 


I was wondering if I could get people's opinions on my ideas for an unraid media server. I would like to put music and movie files.  My network consists of an xbox, PS3, apple laptops and maybe a few ipods and a few microsoft machines. I'd like to start off small with a few HD's and eventually move into a norco 20 HD server unit. 


What is your budget?  Ideally I don't want to spend over $200 dollars but I won't hesitate to spend

How many drives do you want your server to be able to support and how much capacity do you need? My first iteration would be just 3 2TB HD's and eventually I'd like to move to a Norco 20 HD rackmount case.

Is expandability important to you?  If so, what's your long term goal? See Above

Are you interested in running any unRAID Add Ons? Yes.  I would like to run PS3mediaserver, unmenu, or anything that if someone.

Do you want to run green/low power drives or faster 7200 rpm drives?  Does not matter


Hardware list (if I'm missing something let me know) to get me started in the unraid game.


Case (Already have): Full Tower ATX Case

Motherboard (need to buy): Biostar Ta870U3+ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138303)  I like that the SATA connection is 6 Gb/s

CPU (need to buy): AMD Athlon II x2 3.2 GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.699100)

The Mobo and CPU is a combodeal available at New Egg.  The reason why I went with the Biostar is that I like the SATA connection. 

PSU (need to buy): CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020)

Memory (need to buy): 2 sticks of Kingston ValueRAM 1 GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134657)

Cabling (need to buy): Rosewill 19.7" Serial ATA III


I have the HD's and was just going to yank a video card from an old computer but maybe I should get a different mobo because to expand I'd have to use the PCI slot for another


What do you think?  Am I missing anything???

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PCI slots are sometimes used for a video card, a NIC card, or a SATA controller. But having more than a couple of disks on the PCI bus will slow down parity checks and are not recommended. It is better to use PCIe slots for SATA controllers.

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If you are planning to upgrade to a monster Norco sometime later get the 750 watt power supply .  The 650 would probably do fine but that little extra gives some peace of mind especially if you have any 7200 rpm drives.


It's also $5 cheaper than the 650 today only



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Ok so I'm pretty sure I'm going with this setup -


ASUS M4N75TD AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard





AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX255OCGMBOX



You may also want to consider looking at a lower wattage cpu:




Runs about the same price, and performs almost as well (And still twice as powerful as the commonly used Sempron 140):




Should save you a bit in electricity over the long run...



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