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Old 06-21-2012, 02:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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wow, i typed out a huge post and my browser crashed as i hit post.

Anyway, this is my first post and I just want to say it is really great to be able to join your group here. I am sure I will learn a lot from all of you.

I was hoping I could get pointed in the right direction or get some suggestions on my next computer build. I will just bullet my ideas for the sake of not taking up a lot of time.

- As many HDDs as possible. I'm not really thinking SSDs but always up for debate.
- Looking to run windows server, then vm another installation of windows server and run a dedicated email and web server off of that. I could then VM other OS's for experimentation. I plan to have a public XP one for the room mates.
- Water Cool ?
- Vid Card with HDMI. Is there a way to input my cable tv signal through the computer and just watch it that way? Cause im sick of switching inputs all the time on my 7.1 stereo reciever.
- Media player software?? or hardware device. something with a nice interface, can play mkv's .. i'll probably get into full bluray releases at some point too

Thanks for your time
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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wow, i typed out a huge post and my browser crashed as i hit post.

Anyway, this is my first post and I just want to say it is really great to be able to join your group here. I am sure I will learn a lot from all of you.

I was hoping I could get pointed in the right direction or get some suggestions on my next computer build. I will just bullet my ideas for the sake of not taking up a lot of time.

- As many HDDs as possible. I'm not really thinking SSDs but always up for debate.
- Looking to run windows server, then vm another installation of windows server and run a dedicated email and web server off of that. I could then VM other OS's for experimentation. I plan to have a public XP one for the room mates.
- Water Cool ?
- Vid Card with HDMI. Is there a way to input my cable tv signal through the computer and just watch it that way? Cause im sick of switching inputs all the time on my 7.1 stereo reciever.
- Media player software?? or hardware device. something with a nice interface, can play mkv's .. i'll probably get into full bluray releases at some point too

Thanks for your time
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Liquid cooling isn't really necessary for a server, IMO.

A LOT of RAM and HDD space will be needed, especially if he's going to be doing VM's. A decent CPU would be beneficial to run multiple VM's at once. IMO, focus mainly on HDD space, and RAM.
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Liquid cooling isn't really necessary for a server, IMO.

A LOT of RAM and HDD space will be needed, especially if he's going to be doing VM's. A decent CPU would be beneficial to run multiple VM's at once. IMO, focus mainly on HDD space, and RAM.
Carne, I just got back in just now from alot of errands, what do you recommend for his multiple hard drive needs ?

I was going to offer up seagate hdd at 5 a piece under 500gb's.
Last time I used seagate was the end of 2009 when I had my celeron dual core.
Also, I was going to pony him up with a G34 opteron, but last I checked those motherboards sockets were bit too much. @_@
Thats why I thought I might start off with fx6100 for his small server inside a apartment or dome complex.

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Kinda depends if he plans on doing any kind of RAID or not. I don't recommend RAID0 for a file/web server. RAID1 would pry be best, but that would only give him half of his available storage actually usable.
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