Download Rig Suggestion

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antz123
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Hi all,

I am planning to save my current system from being on for always on. I have made a decent Core I7 rig with HX850 PSU. So feel power being wasted is high.

So want to have router most probably a Cisco WRT160N. from there options are :

1) buy a laptop EEE PC sorts, and connect router to both LT and PC. Laptop would be on 24x7 and act as download rig and then when at home would pause downloads on there and switch on PC. batch transfer the data as n when required

2) buy a Zotac Ion based mini pc, and connect router similarly. Zotac would act as download rig. Plus with wireless N and Ion graphics could help me play movies n music across home.

3) buy a NAS with wifi capabilities. connect that with a router and rest as option 2.

my question is:

1) which system you suggest?
2) under the suggestion what hardware specifications

I Ce Burg
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If you into NAS I came across this article the other day.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/promise-smartstor-ns4600-review/

I'm not sure if or when the products out, but if you download torrents for instance it will download them directly on to the NAS device.

antz123
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well some coincidence NAS came to my mind because i read the same article in guru3d

but had no idea how good or bad thought is as have no experience with NAS and then buying a ns4600 seems a heavy proposition. so thought would be pick brains out here

I Ce Burg
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I personally don't own a NAS either but I have seen them being used by a friend. Of course it was nothing as fancy as this. It was more like a home server/mass storage.

The advantages of NAS is the low cost of opperation and low power consumption. There is no need for peripherals, monitors, GPU. CPU and PSU are already built in with the case. Plus you can store TB of data.

The advantages of the laptop/netbook is the potential use for mobility. If you ever were going on a trip which had long travel time you can bring it along for some entertainment.

The advantages of the Ion PC will include a back up computer if you ever had a system fail on your i7 (I hope not). Or a guest could use it.

The cons for all is they will cost money. The Ion will probably cost the most, but for both the Ion and NAS you will need to buy HDDs which will crank up the price. As for the netbook I'm not sure how easily pausing/tranfering/continuing downloads on another computer would work, but it seems like it would be worth an experiment.

Is there a specific Ion or Eee you were looking at?

antz123
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Honestly as i see it all would end up in same price bracket:)

EEE PC - Laptop is a basic laptop with Intel graphics and single core Atom proc. Its costing around Rs 16K in India. With OS, 1gb RAM, 160gb HDD, optical drive;
Pro - Mobility, extra screen and kb etc
Cons - basic ones are not good for HD support. Better ones cost some amount.

Zotac Mag - Its a dual core Atom, 2gb RAM, no OS, Ion graphics, 160GB HDD. Rs 17.5K in India. Can connect to my present system via router etc via Teamviewer or remote viewing.
Pros - Wifi n, HD enabled
Cons - no screen etc but that can be taken care of.

NAS - I still am newbie to world of NAS. Was searching across net for NAS options which can be Wifi N enabled.
Pros - good power saving, can act as media centre also. in a good NAS can add upto 4 gb HDDs, is more future proof
Cons - availability in India, I have to import it and pluss then get 1tb HDD. 1tb HDD in India is around Rs 4.4K for WD Green

Tiv
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What is it about the Promise NAS that you want out of your hardware? The title says "Download Rig" so I guess you want something that downloads for you?

All the stuff in that article about the Promise NAS can be done with a Virtual Windows on a Remote server. Not cheap.

If all you want to do is have file storage on your network without waking your fancy computer out of sleep mode it's actually kind of easy and cheap.

Addonics sells a "NAS Adapter" that will add any USB storage device onto your LAN.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OC5J9U?ie=UTF8&tag=pcnetonline0d-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001OC5J9U

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