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Music and file server

I want to put a computer in the living room that would be used for:playing music and occasional youtube videoschecking emailfile server So I'm looking for a small cheap computer that can hold at least 2 HDs. I will also add a small monitor and a keyboard with a built in trackpad. I will install Linux on it bu...

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Edited on {{'2018-07-27T01:00:56-07:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Why you are deoending on youtube for music. First of all, Youtube doesn't support simultaneous play. You can't play youtube in background. Music gets off when screen is locked. Instead of you can try music apps mentioned here for the hassle free play of music.
Written on {{'2013-01-17T11:21:33-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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It could work fine, I can't find anyone who's tried it in the short time I did research, but the general idea with specialized hard drives is that they are designed for a very specific task. So that HD designed for a surveillance system might have REALLY good write speed. But on the flip side, it might have much lower random seek speeds, or read speeds and such. If the HD worked very well in desktops, they'd push it to that market. IMO, you're better off going with a drive designed for daily desktop use. There has to be a trade off somewhere with a video surveillance drive. It's honestly more of an educated guess on my part, but it's a fairly well educated guess as I know it applies to NAS hard drives and low speed 'green' drives meant for long term data storage.
Written on {{'2013-01-17T11:19:38-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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There was a time when I had a bunch of old PCs waiting around for just such cases but that was long ago.

Now I have less time and storage space but more money so I'm gonna buy a new computer.

It's going to be out in the open. It doesn't need to be a work of art but it shouldn't be an eyesore.

  

Written on {{'2013-01-17T11:02:49-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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An old PC would be ideal retasked for this purpose.  The only considerations I can see is does it need a quiet/silent PSU and does it need a HTPC stype case so it can be out in the open, or will tucked away somewhere work?
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Thanks. I updated the wishlist to reflect some of your suggestions.

Out of curiosity what is different about HDs that are intended for video surveillance? Just faster write times or is there something else?

 

 

Written on {{'2013-01-17T10:09:00-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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I assure you that you only need 8GBs of RAM, internet browsing doesn't use much at all. Even with 50 Tabs :) Past 8GBs you're not going to add performance, but it's your money. 

This would save a few bucks: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 Unless you need that specific DVD burner.

Also, those hard drives are intended for video surveillance systems, and may not optimized for computing needs (I'd probably not risk issues). I'd suggest this as an alternative:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 Very nice drives with a 5 year warranty. 

I'd also look into a better case, I just jumped over the reviews, but I didn't see any that suggested it was a good case. I'd also suggest getting a higher quality PSU rather than a freebie one. As a rule of thumb, I classify PSUs included in a case as 'wouldn't use them if they were free'.  

Written on {{'2013-01-17T08:00:40-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=29579368

OK here's a wishlist with a proposed build. I didn't include speakers since I already have some connected to a stereo amp.

I added more ram than I need just because it's so cheap and in my experience it does a lot to improve performance, especially if someone in your house likes to leave 50 tabs open in the browser window :)

Thoughts? 

Written on {{'2013-01-16T14:33:47-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Lol. It's cool. My fault for not making it clickable ;) I figure if you can't figure out how to copy and paste a link, then you don't deserve a computer.
Written on {{'2013-01-16T14:31:42-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Oh I didn't check the link :P Just saw you say micro ATX XD I'm lazy today
Written on {{'2013-01-16T14:31:00-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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My link was a mini-ITX
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