I haven't posted in a very long time because, well, everything has been working well!
Unfortunately, tonight my HTPC (Affectionately called Deimos II, specs below) died tonight. It has been literally the only computer in my house except for my work laptop for years now. I built it in 2006, and it has been the longest lived computer I've ever owned. :tear: The ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe finally gave up the ghost after:
4 Video cards
5 tuner cards
6 operating systems
2 power supplies
at least 8 different hard drive configurations
and remarkably, only one set of RAM.
I don't want to give up on HTPC. I've spent so long learning how to tweak the software, etc. I love absolute quality (as many of you do too, of course) and I've learned so much from you all.
Now that I'm older, I have a home of my own, and am pretty financially stable compared to the post-college apocalypse when I built Deimos II, I want to do this the right way this time.
Money is always an object, but it's no longer an obstacle. I'd like to build a separate home server to handle file storage, backup, and many other 24/7 things, and rebuild my HTPC for a true HTPC & gaming role. It needs to be:
1. Quiet as possible when not in use.
2. Be able to sleep when not in use.
3. Offload background processes like usenet downloads, etc to the server I'll be building.
4. Use that server for nearly all media (Movies, Music) storage easily.
5. Be reasonably quiet when watching media.
6. Not sound like a Cessna on takeoff when gaming.
7. Fit in my fantastic, full-size case from SilverStone, which is pretty much the only thing I'll be keeping from the old system. (It's a full-ATX, desktop style case that looks like a high end power amp)
What are the community's thoughts on building a proper gaming HTPC? Any comments on this new system idea, or the server? Thanks very much!
[ Deimos II old specs ]
ASUS M2N-SLi Deluxe (AM2+ socket)
Corsair 2GB DDR2 (original RAM)
Some cheap @$$ 4GB DDR2 from NewEgg
2x Kingston 128GB SSDs (OS Drive)
4x Western Digital 500GB Caviar HDDs (1.4TB RAID5)
ATI Radeon HD 6870
Some ATSC tuners I forget about
Lite-ON BluRay drive
[ New Home Server Specs ]
More serious motherboard- Tyan?
Lots of RAM - ECC?
Tuners in here or in HTPC? CableCARD?
Load VMWare EXSi as a hypervisor? Load servers as VMs? Use a Linux OS for main OS and hypervisor?
[ New Gaming HTPC Specs ]
More Serious motherboard?
Keep my current GPU (HD6870) until new gen comes out?
Silent or near silent fans/PSU/CPU Cooler?
Keep my Blu-Ray drive
[ Current Home Theater environment ]
Pioneer Elite 50" Plasma (DVI>HDMI for main display)
Pioneer Elite AVR (HDMI from HTPC for digital LPCM audio, HDMI to second monitor)
Klipsch reference series 5.1 (Connected to AVR of course)