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I am planning to move to a dedicated server from using my gaming PC and 4 Sans Digital eSATA 4 bay enclosures. The throughput of the controllers is way too slow for proper parity computations. My plan is to run 3 IBM ServeRaid cards to control all my hard drives. Me dilemma is this: how fast a CPU do I need? I will have 16 hard drives running currently, but I am certain there will be more, hence the third IBM card. Worst case scenario is 2 simultaneous Blu-Ray streams and perhaps some ripping to the hard drives. The server will be used for nothing else. I will probably just run windows 7 and Flexraid, since it is so easy to create a homegroup and be on my way.

Is a celeron G630 enough, or should I spend a little more for an i3 or i5?

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If there's no transcoding, none of this requires a very powerful CPU.
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No transcoding, just straight serving. If I do any ripping it is simply a remux, and all will take place on my main PC then transferred to server. I'm imagining most of what I do on the server, after initial setup will be running flexraid, maybe jriver media server(no transcoding though) and I'll access it remotely.
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I am planning to move to a dedicated server from using my gaming PC and 4 Sans Digital eSATA 4 bay enclosures. The throughput of the controllers is way too slow for proper parity computations. My plan is to run 3 IBM ServeRaid cards to control all my hard drives. Me dilemma is this: how fast a CPU do I need? I will have 16 hard drives running currently, but I am certain there will be more, hence the third IBM card. Worst case scenario is 2 simultaneous Blu-Ray streams and perhaps some ripping to the hard drives. The server will be used for nothing else. I will probably just run windows 7 and Flexraid, since it is so easy to create a homegroup and be on my way.
Is a celeron G630 enough, or should I spend a little more for an i3 or i5?
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Unless you have an extra license hanging around for Win7, use WHS2011 as it is only $50 and supports homegroups as well. I'm running it on an E5200 with 4GB ram and I have no problems streaming dual Blu-Ray (intact rips, no additional converting) to two PC's at the same time.

Plus you get the extra WHS benefits like backing up your PC's automatically, remote access, WSUS (extra addin) if you want them.
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Is a celeron G630 enough, or should I spend a little more for an i3 or i5?
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More than enough.
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