Diehard’s Ideal HP MediaSmart Server

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4 Responses

  1. phil says:

    I am suprised that you have not already knocked one of these together at home including the PCH.

    You could call it the Diehard Ass-pire*


    *reference to show 52

  2. elvisisdead says:

    Well, and that's precisely why people build their own.


    You don't need a quad-core to serve data. You do need a quad core to do transcoding of video, and other cpu-intensive tasks. 64-bit would be great.

    All the other I/O interfaces would be fine, but you'd need quite the bus to have them all used at once. I'd guess that's why the # of ports is currently restricted on the HP boxes. In your config, you're asking for 11 SATA interfaces – 10 if you put the DVD on PATA. That's not an insignificant challenge for a desktop platform. You'd need more than 2 sticks of RAM to handle all that data moving about.

    A replaceable flash for the OS would be fine, but yet another I/O interface.

    Something like this starts to look like an enterprise-class device. It would be nice, but VERY expensive for the target market.

  3. Homeserver says:

    Diehard's Ass-Pire….now that's funny!