Looking to build a Intel Sandy Bridge Windows 7 machine that will primarily function as a centralized repository for mp3s, movies, and photos. Anyone have any hardware recommendations?
For the past several months, I've been trying to determine what type of machine to build to function as a home server in my apartment. I've compared pre-built NAS, custom WHS, and custom Win7 options and, with your help
), I've decided to pursue a custom Windows 7 build. You all have made me realize Windows 7 will offer me greater flexibility for the price.
My requirements for this machine:
1. store ~4TB of mp3s, movies, photos, and documents (probably 2x2TB drives)
2. stream audio to Win7 laptop-connected or Squeezebox-connected speakers
3. stream 1080p video to an HTPC-connected TV
4. be constantly running uTorrent
5. ability to rip optical discs (Blu-Ray, DVD)
6. function as backup computer in case laptop breaks
7. store backup image of laptop
8. Will sit in a corner of my living room or bedroom without being connected to a keyboard or monitor.
9. The data on it will probably be backed up to some sort of NAS or set of USB drives.
Since it won't be a primary machine or gaming machine, I don't want to go overboard and buy an Core i7 Extreme and 8GB of RAM, but I don't want to skimp on it and run into HD video streaming problems.
Does anyone have any hardware recommendations for this build?
A. Should I buy an SSD for my OS partition?
B. Any ideas for a case that won't keep me up at night due to noise or ridiculous lights?