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Two Sets of Hardware, Which for HTPC and Which for Server


ImTheTypeOfGuy
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I currently have the following gear with s2008r2 running about 6 VM's.

  • EVGA X58 SLI Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, RAID, Hyperthreading support
  • Intel Core i7 920 Processor BX80601920 - 2.66GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, HyperThreading, Bloomfield, Retail
  • OCZ Gold Tri Channel 6GB PC12800 DDR3 Memory - 1600MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048)
  • Western Digital Scorpio Black WD2500BEKT 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal
  • Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • ICY DOCK MB982SPR-2S Full Metal Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA HDD & SSD Converter with RAID for PC
  • & Mac Pro
  • EVGA GeForce GT 240 Superclocked Video Card - 512MB DDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, DVI, HDMI,VGA

 

I also have the following gear with W7 Ultimate, MM4, TMT5, etc as my HTPC.

  • Gigabyte GA-H55-USB3
  • i3 530 @ 2.93 GHz
  • 4 GB Ram,
  • 60 GB OCZ Vertex 1 SSD

 

 

So I am wondering if I should swap the hardware. If I did, I would by 16 GB of memory for the new server hardware and of course swap the HDD/SSD and icydock. Reasons I am curious about this are related to power draw and the fact the current HTPC has onboard graphics so I am thinking it would be better in the server. Of course, I will have to verify my GPU on the current server would meet my HTPC requirements. If not, then I will need to get a new GPU.

 

Obviously, a swap would be a lot of work so a swap would need to provide a lot of benefit. Am I just over analyzing this?

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Why would you want your HTPC to be the i7 unless you expect it to do some heavy lifting (like gaming and encoding/transcoding)? I'm not an expert but I think your set up looks good as is.

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Why would you want your HTPC to be the i7 unless you expect it to do some heavy lifting (like gaming and encoding/transcoding)? I'm not an expert but I think your set up looks good as is.

 

Good point. I have been more focused on the video and power draw. I am not an expert either, which is why I threw it out there.

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No I have not. I don't know much about that app. What is the difference between it and just RDPing into a VM?

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basically it increases the quality of graphics avaliable in a VM. you still RDP in

interesting; never heard of it. 'Course, I do very little VM'ing.

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x58 for an HTPC is overkill

 

Might I suggest you purchase a Mac Pro for your HTPC duties....

 

I think I just vomitted in my mouth.

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