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Why Xeon...For Home Servers


Don W
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I want to build a MicroITX server from the ground up this time  (I have always built FrankenBuilds with all the extra parts laying around) and am torn between a normal i3, i5, or i7 and a Xeon based system. The only things I do with it are backup to it, storage and serve movies to my house with Plex Media Server. Is the added expense worth it? I have never owned a Xeon system. My main goals are low power usage with enough horsepower to accomplish my goals.

 

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An i3 with 8 gigs of RAM would do the job.  See my sig line.  The Xeon, while nice, is an overkill for what you want to do.

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I agree with everyone here.

 

An i3 is a great way to go.

A really good way, in fact.

 

As for remote access.... check out the server side of stuff, and get a board that uses IPMI. It's done via a "3rd party controller", so it doesn't rely on CPU support. 

 

Also, Schoondoggy, you didn't mention that you would want RealVNC Veiwer Pro which is $100, to access some of the more advanced features (such as ISO mounting, and power control)

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