HTPC + File Server = Win 7/Home Server/Win 8?
I have an old C2D 6400 (overclocked to 3.2) with 4 gigs of RAM, 9TB of disk space (3 RAID-able 3tb barracuda drives), and an 8800GTS video card.
Was originally going to use it as a file/backup server with HTPC capabilities by streaming media to xbox and/or playing back 1080p media on the projector.
Still plan to do this, but with windows 8 out, I'm not sure whether to use Windows 7 Pro, Win Home Server, or Windows 8/Win Server 2012.
I like the WHS idea and the functionality seems cool, especially with the pseduo-raid using drive extender, but some people say it's not as reliable as traditional RAID. Haven't had any experience with either Win8 or WHS so kind of shooting in the dark here.