Forgot to add server will have dedicated tv tuners and DVR duties. At least 2 tuners both ATi theatre based.
Originally Posted by digibucc
that's why i don't like the apu. it's simple sure but a mobo with integrated video isn't exactly complicated. the apu instead of being dedicated to cpu processing power, is dedicated to processing video too. even if you have no monitor hooked up, some of it's potential (compared to a standard cpu) will be dedicated to the unused video.
idk how they really compare, but the A2-X2 has more cache, and faster cores. the only downside is the fabrication tech, but that's not a deal killer imo, at all.
even if performance doesn't matter, i don't see a need to the apu route. note i am disappointed in my i3 540's video capabilities. i needed an external card for anything worthwhile. especially if your server won't really need an external card or even the apu, why buy it when the alternative is cheaper? then again... it was cool to mess around with
I had an I3 560ES chip and I understand what you are saying graphics wise they sucked. As far as I know the APU would be no different than running anything else the video is still separate from the processing cores it just shares a package. The mobo in that combo is a better deal as it offers 1 PCI-E 16x and two 1x's.
Originally Posted by JrRacinFan
Use Tversity or Orb Live for remote sharing. Can also setup an FTP server for some of the files you can't stream.
SMB/Workgroup sharing all-around for local, in conjunction with SMB sharing, map the shares as network drives for all of the other PC's then you can set them as read/write if you wish to download/upload any files remotely to the server.
As far as hardware goes, get a board with as many SATA ports as you can find & supports quad cores. That Phen1 x4 would do justice at this as they are fast for server applications along with being relatively inexpensive.
All of them have 6 ports in my price range. I was kind of leaning towards the Phenom X4 I just have to dig it up. I think I have an X4 9150e floating around as well which would be a better choice since its lower watt and no TLB. I also thought windows server had a built in remote desktop via IP?