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Newegg has the QNAP 4-Bay TS-420-US Diskless System Network Storage for $350 - $70 off with coupon code EMCMARMC62 + $8 shipping ($0 shipping w/ ShopRunner) = $288 shipped. Features Marvell 1.6GHz CPU, support for streaming multimedia content over the internet, personal cloud services, and two USB 3.0 ports.
$376 Retail: $400

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    bclinton Ben's cred: 173
    Posted 9:57 am PST 03/7/14

    This is tempting. Right now I have a PC running WHS 2011. It works ok but is getting a few years old.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3427
    Posted 11:19 am PST 03/7/14

    ^ and? Any PC with the GbE on the PCIe bus is going to have as good or better performance so all you really gain with this is a little less power usage... having to run it many years to recoup $288.

    Well there is also the smaller case footprint but if you already made room for what you're using that doesn't seem much of an issue.

    Otherwise, it probably has a slower CPU and less memory than your "few years old" PC, and is limited to only 4 HDD.

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    korpo53 Ben's cred: 87
    Posted 2:54 pm PST 03/7/14

    ^ what dave_c said.

    Unless you have something screwed up with your setup, any old computer will perform better than anything but the fastest SOHO NAS appliances.

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    st0mp Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 4:35 pm PST 03/7/14

    I have to disagree dave there is a lot more to benefit from sure you do get the low power consumption But in my case i wanted to upgrade my main pc with ssd drives but with me running a media server i think it would make the life of the ssd go much quicker So in turn will save your ssd drives if i move to this for media streaming also should make the life of your pc last longer in general

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3427
    Posted 10:42 pm PST 03/7/14

    ^ That makes no sense. We were talking about using a 2nd, additional old computer for the task, one where the duty cycle on the volumes holding the data is the same either way, based on client access.

    Further if a system is already running which it would have to be for this functionality, then the very small load from streaming files is a negligible impact on system lifespan.

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