I'm currently in charge of building a Media Server for my school with a $2,000 budget.
Currently, I have these parts in mind:
Case: COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution.
Motherboard: SUPERMICRO MBD-X8STI-3F-O.
CPU: Intel Xeon E5520 Nehalem 2.26GHz.
GPU: Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5.
Memory: 6x CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3.
Storage: 2x Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM.
PSU: DYNAPOWER USA TC-800PL 24Pin 800W.
(Newegg links at bottom of post)
I guess I'm posting because I need suggestions on different hardware combination's or motherboard's that would better suite my needs.
The case is highly rated on newegg, and since the server will always be running, it needs to be cool. I haven't totaled up how much power I'd need to run everything, but 800watts sounds like enough.
As of now, the server will primarily be used for hi-def video/audio playback on a projector via HDMI, so I need a GPU that can handle at least 720p with HDMI out. As well as serving data, I also need it to store video for access at any time via FTP or the network.
As far as the Operating System goes, I was hoping to get a copy of Windows 7 Media Center, but I haven't done much research on different options.
Any insight as to what would be a better option than anything I currently have or what would better help me achieve my goal would be great, thanks in advance!
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