Hello folks! A few years back I setup a friend with an HP MediaSmart server, and it's held up very well over the years, at least until recently. Now it just becomes completely unresponsive after awhile. I've tried troubleshooting it, but since it's been in use a good long while my friend agreed it's probably time for a new server. My requirements are going to be something stable and reliable (he's a good friend but I don't want to be over there troubleshooting all the time), and easily expandable.
I built my server two years ago, based around WHS2011 and DrivePool. It's been rock solid ever since, but since WHS2011 isn't available anymore, I figured I would go with W7 64bit. The server will be running the following:
- AirVideo for streaming to iOS on the fly
Here's what I have so far:
Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower
ASRock B75M-GL R2.0 LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i3-3240 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
He already has 3x 2TB drives I'm planning on tossing in with the two 3TB drives, which should give him plenty of growing space. I feel like the CPU might be a bit overkill, but I want this box to last several years at least. The case is the one I ended up going with, and is probably the easiest case I've ever worked with so it was kind of a no-brainer.
Any thoughts on how to make it cheaper/better/stronger?