So, I am looking for parts suggestions for building a Good Kodi-Media Server rig with decent storage. It will connect to a Kodi box ( need a suggestion on that too).
The kodi box, I am interested in the Octo-core ones on Amazon.
The server should have decent storage capacity and run Linux. it should be stable as shit. So, distro suggestions too. Say, price ~$600 max. For server. it will only serve up to one client machine.
I recently built a home server for very cheap. It runs my Minecraft server and is used for streaming my media to the main TV in the living room.
I found the cheapest parts I could off amazon and newegg and only spent about $300. Could it be better? Yes. I will be buying a new processor next to bump up the cores from 2 to 4.
What I am trying to say is that it does not take much to build a decent home server.
To stream the media to my TV I am using Kodi (OpenElec) XBMC and it works like a charm. I can be streaming an HD movie and have people playing minecraft all at the same time. I was quite impressed, due to how low my specs are.
As a side note; it is very quite and sits in my bedroom.
In-depth Specs. (remember I was going for as cheap as possible)
AMD Sempron 2650 APU, 1.45Ghz, 25-Watts
MSI AM1I ATX DDR3 1066 Motherboard
2 x Kingston Technology ValueRAM 2GB 1333MHz DDR3
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 GB Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 8 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II
Rosewill Mini ITX Computer Case with 250-Watt PSU
Raspberry Pi B+
USB WiFi Dongal
Micro USB Cord & Power Adapter
Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard with Mouse Touchpad
I'm not going to say this is the best server you can build for under $600 but it might be the cheapest.
I have been considering this build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU | AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor | $51.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | Gelid Solutions CC-Ssilence-AM1 34.0 CFM CPU Cooler | $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard | ASRock AM1H-ITX Mini ITX AM1 Motherboard | $50.48 @ Newegg
Memory | A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory | $51.99 @ Newegg
Storage | A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $42.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $124.99 @ Amazon
Case | Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case | $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Corsair RM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $61.00 @ Newegg
Optical Drive | Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer | $12.99 @ Newegg
Other| SYBA SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card | $33.77
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $515.18
| Mail-in rebates | -$40.00
| Total | $475.18
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