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I have been reading over the forums the past few days and I'm about to start building my unRaid server and htpc. I plan on taking a look at assassins guides. My question right now is if any of these parts from a computer I built in 2004 will work. Or if I should just buy all new for better energy, noise and faster parts. The computer from what I remember was pretty noisy so not sure if I can use the case from before. But here is the shopping list for the computer:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3400+ ClawHammer 2.2GHz Socket 754 Processor ADA3400BOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6819103426

Motherboard:ASUS K8N-E DELUXE 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813131498

Heat sink:Thermaltake VENUS 12 80mm Ball CPU Cooler
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Case:Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6811133132

Memory:2 of these CORSAIR XMS 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model CMX512-3200C2PT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820145420

Power supply: Thermaltake Silent Purepower W0020 480W ATX Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817153013


Not sure if this mono has the requirements to run multiple hard drives, appears the case has about 7 3.5" bays. But thank you who ever takes a minute to look and help me out. Hope to start buying parts this week.
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While far from modern that setup would probably function as a basic Unraid server. The one thing I'm concerned about is the nForce chipset. If I remember correctly Unraid had problems with it. It would cause data corruption. The problem is that you didn't know it was happening and it would be hard to catch. Here's what I suggest. You can try out that system with Unraid. Load Unraid on a flash drive and make sure it boots up and you can access it. This is not a given, especially with that hardware. If everything goes well add a few drives and test it out. If you like it you can build another system and just move the drives and flash drive over and you should be able to just boot it back up.

So I'm recommending you to use your old system to test out Unraid. I wouldn't recommend you use that system long term though. Good luck.
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Here's a link to the unRAID hardware compatibility list:

http://www.lime-technology.com/wiki/index.php/Hardware_Compatibility

I recently rebuilt my unRAID server and replaced an aging Gigabyte motherboard that suffered from the HPA bug with a new AMD micro-ATX FM1 board and CPU. I also upgraded the onboard LAN and replaced it with an Intel EXPI9301CT PCI-e gigabit NIC. I highly recommend the LAN upgrade to anyone with an unRAID server. I believe my total cost for the upgrade, including motherboard, CPU, RAM, and NIC, was about $150.

Like duff99 said, try the hardware you have with the trial version of unRAID and see if it works. If not, there are lots of other motherboards you can use instead. Check the hardware forums in the unRAID server forums and see if anyone there has tried your motherboard. I picked my FM1 board because it was on sale, as was the CPU. I just ran a search in the forum for the board and found several posts where others had used it successfully. I can potentially run about 22-24 drives using this board. It has six onboard SATA ports and enough PCI-e slots to install two Supermicro 8-port SATA controllers and the Intel NIC. If I didn't install the NIC I also have a dual-port PCI-e SATA controller card for a PCI-e X1 slot.

As for the PSU, you'll need to calculate the actual power usage for the drives you want to use along with the CPU and miscellaneous components. It never hurts to get more PSU than you currently need because you'll probably want to expand the server at some point and will need the extra power to support it. I'm using an Antec Nine Hundred tower case that I converted to hold fifteen drives using three 5-in-3 SATA backplanes. I've added another backplane externally for a total of 20 drives. I'm currently using a Corsair 850-watt PSU, recently upgraded from a 650-watt model.
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So some things to make better would I need to just upgrade mobo, CPU, power supply? Should the case and memory be good or will memory not be compatible with newer boards? If I want to replace the rear case fan and front bottom for something quieter any recommendations? Thanks again.
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I couldn't get any of the links you provided to work on my office PC so I can't look at the components to make any comments or suggestions. Your best bet would be to look through the unRAID forums and see what kind of hardware others are using. For quiet fan and any quiet PC component recommendations, I always check here:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/
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I couldn't get any of the links you provided to work on my office PC so I can't look at the components to make any comments or suggestions. Your best bet would be to look through the unRAID forums and see what kind of hardware others are using. For quiet fan and any quiet PC component recommendations, I always check here:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/

Strange links don't work for me anymore either. Thanks for the fan update though.
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It looks to me like the only thing that you can reuse is the case. The memory won't be compatible, and that power supply is far from modern. Looking at it's specs I don't think I'd trust it for a new build. You should be able to pick up what you'd need fro a new build for under $200 without to much trouble. The suggestion to check the Unraid forums for working setups is a good one. Good luck.
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CORSAIR CX430M 430W http://slickdeals.net/f/5793322-CORSAIR-CX430M-430W-ATX12V-v2-3-80-PLUS-BRONZE-Certified-Modular-Active-PFC-Power-Supply-3pm-PT-24-99After-20-MIR?p=56781986#post56781986
is supposed to go on sale for $25 this afternoon. Is this a good psu for a unRaid setup? Will this also be enough power for htpc you think?

Server: not sure on specs but doing the 3 hard drives for now.

Htpc: i3 3225, mobo tbd, 8gb ram, blu ray, ssd.

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This powerful enough for server? Or would it be better for something a lil more? Not sure good board option for this either.

http://www.frys.com/product/6887716
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CORSAIR CX430M 430W http://slickdeals.net/f/5793322-CORSAIR-CX430M-430W-ATX12V-v2-3-80-PLUS-BRONZE-Certified-Modular-Active-PFC-Power-Supply-3pm-PT-24-99After-20-MIR?p=56781986#post56781986
is supposed to go on sale for $25 this afternoon. Is this a good psu for a unRaid setup? Will this also be enough power for htpc you think?

Server: not sure on specs but doing the 3 hard drives for now.

Htpc: i3 3225, mobo tbd, 8gb ram, blu ray, ssd.

Thanks
That PSU may be fine to start with just three drives, but will probably be underpowered if you plan on expanding the capacity of the server down the road. You just need to calculate the load requirement for all of the components in the server and then evaluate how much power you'll need based on the total wattage ratings of each component. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll fill up three drives. My setup started with just a few drives and now I'm up to 24TB and counting. I recently upgraded my PSU to a Corsair 850-watt model.
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This powerful enough for server? Or would it be better for something a lil more? Not sure good board option for this either.

http://www.frys.com/product/6887716
That should be fine. You don't need a powerful CPU for a server since you're basically just transferring data. There's little to no actual processing taking place. Check the unRAID hardware section of the Lime Technology forums and see what motherboards other people are using for recommendations. The hardware compatibility list in the unRAID Wiki is a bit outdated and doesn't cover most of the new stuff.
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