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Old 12-04-2014, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd like to build or purchase a pc specifically for sharing movies, music and other media. What should I go with, rather than buying a server.
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A NAS.
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if you plan on transcoding on the fly, get like an i3 cpu or the overclockable Pentium G3258 and cheapo board.

if no transcoding, get a low powered cpu along with an controller card for RAID5. and just load up with ubuntu server or nas4free.

if you want a prebuilt solution both synology and qnap are very good.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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In all honesty, a very high quality NAS that costs about the same can be more beneficial if that PC would never do anymore than serve files...
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I'm with the NAS instead. I have a Snology model and it's great. Single core units are ~200 plus drives and use ~14W.
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Default Re: Building a file sharing PC

I got a Qnap that is on sale for about 440 right now and it's dual core, comes with a Crucial 2GB RAM upgrade, and has an HDMI out for direct to TV Plex (or whatever).
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm with the NAS instead. I have a Snology model and it's great. Single core units are ~200 plus drives and use ~14W.
Snology came out with an update for a security flaw last spring. Just a FYI to ya
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Taipei, Taiwan—February 14, 2014—Synology® confirmed known security issues (reported as CVE-2013-6955 and CVE-2013-6987) which would cause compromise to file access authority in DSM. An updated DSM version resolving these issues has been released accordingly.
https://www.synology.com/en-global/c...tation_Manager
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buying synology is easier, yes.
guilty here, I bought pre-made servers.

But most premades ones aren't powerful enough for on-the-fly transcoding, that's why I asked if he was going to do any transcoding.
And you can save a few bucks if you build it yourself.
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Wasn't going to build a quad core tiny box that could fit behind my TV and hold 4 HDDs for 400 bucks. I use it for TV shows that are 720p and it works fine. If I want to do movies I just cast from my PC anyways.
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