Help Me Build - A Socket A HTPC Client or Server or Something Else?

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Help Me Build - A Socket A HTPC Client or Server or Something Else?

I've been planning my build for the fall and that work has come along nicely. It'll be ideal timing as some things get clarified over the next few months with regards to the Nvidia 790 motherboard chipsets, the G45 from Intel (leaning towards this) and a variety of audio/video cards being released. However, I've just realized that I'll have almost an entire HTPC of old components. What on earth do I do with them? Would be willing to buy a couple used parts (new ones don't exist) if I need to swap motherboard or such...

CPU: AMD Athlon XP-M 2400+ 35W (can easily OC or UC)
Heatsink/Fan: Scythe Kamakaze (probably a little tall for client case).
Motherboard: DFI Infinity nForce2 MCP-T (i think, the one with DD encoding) - Full ATX
RAM: OCZ 512 MB
Video: ATI 9800 Pro w/ Artic Cooling Silencer (could remove it, but would prefer to keep it on if resued)
Power Supply: Seasonic 380W - Full ATX
Hard Disk: Samsung 160GB - 3.5"
Fan: Panaflo  80mm

Thoughts anyone? Problems I see are if I build a client, playback of H.264 material that is recorded via an HD-PVR. Any other ideas for what I could build aside from client or server?

My Home Theater, XLobbyMC
To Do: Finish Re-ripping my music collection - While Playing FF XIV

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Wow, That's pretty close to the configuration of the first HTPC I built back in 2004.  Oh XP-M 2400+, you were truly ahead of your time Smile

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WHS server? You are pretty out of luck with H.264 material

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If you planned on viewing the H.264 material with, say, a Sage HD100 extender then you'd be in luck Laughing out loud

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So that's an option certainly. I could make it into a nice little server of some sort and then have the fully loaded Blu-ray capable client in the family room and an hd100 in the bedroom. I'm going to have to keep an eye on John's blogging about migrating from MythTV to SageTV. A Linux server running Sage (if it supported all my tuners) might be a fun way to go.

Is there any particular value to running WHS with Sage? I really haven't explored it's capabilities.

My Home Theater, XLobbyMC
To Do: Finish Re-ripping my music collection - While Playing FF XIV

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WHS 120-Day Trial on it's way to my home. I figure I should at least give it a whirl for a couple weeks when I do the rebuild. Kill some time for a few evenings. Although I'm thinking I could create a lot of the same functionality with a little bit of work on my own and have the server also running Sage. Always options to weigh. Maybe VMC will be upgraded with H.264 support by then, enabling the HD-PVR and I'll have to ponder front end swap out.

Summary:
  - Client: Probably not the best
  - Windows Home Server: Back up, file/ print sharing, external photo/music website
  - SageTV Server (Linux or XP): Move all my tuners out of my tv cabinet/HTPC. More work to enable some of        the WHS type features on network.

Another option I just discovered - SageTV Server on a WHS box, now that sounds like a good time too as long as all of my tuners work inside WHS's 2003ish environment.

My Home Theater, XLobbyMC
To Do: Finish Re-ripping my music collection - While Playing FF XIV

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I'm actually in the process of breaking (e.g. separating) the functionality of my Sage Server and my network share (both under the same instance of Win2k3EER2 x86) into two separate boxes, a Win2k8 RODC + Fileserver, and Sage running on a WHS instance.  Never putz'd with WHS ... may end up with an XP Pro or Vista load for the Sage server, so I am curious as well.

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