Home brew, used to be my old HTPC:
AMD AthlonXP 2500+ (@1.4V via 8rdavcore and S2kCtl)
Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe
2GB DDR400 (running @ 333MHz)
Antec SLK3000B (dampened and side vents blocked)
Promise Ultra 100 TX2 IDE controller
Western Digital WD1200JB (120GB-IDE) - OS/Boot drive
2x80GB Maxtor DM9 (IDE)
2x500GB WD Green (SATA)
For WHS, not a lot of power is not needed. Since it's the same kernel as WinXP and Server2003, you can expect similar performance and stability.
I share 4 other PC on the network, 3 Vista and 1 Win7. My gaming machine (Win7) and HTPC (Vista) are wired GigE and get file transfers around 50MB/s. Not groundbreaking but fast enough to transfer HD movies in a few minutes. The other two are Vista laptops (Dell Latitude) and are limited by the wireless connection, though mp3s and SD xvid movies stream just fine.
As for the Addins, the most useful is MyMovies for WHS
, which is a mainly a backend DB for cataloging movies (and now CD music). It runs in the background and the client PCs connect to it. There is no speed issue to mention. The client version of MyMovies is installed on each connected PC and is where the speed is limited.
Other addins running on my WHS are:
= power management, allows WHS to suspend when no clients are connected and is paired with a client install that wakes the server up when a client starts up.
= provides additional information on system/pool disks and the ability to create a wireframe model to aid in identification of troubled disks.
WHS Task Viewer
= A beefed up version of the Performance tab on the Task Manager.
Advanced Admin Console
= add additional functionality to the console by providing access to different parts of the WHS desktop and services.
As of Power Pack 2 (PP2) the Media Center Connector has been added so that Media Center PC's (Vista and above) can add WHS shares to the library folders within Media Center (finally).
There are so many types of addins available that I couldn't list them all. However, the two best places to look are www.wegotserved.co.uk
and it's satellite www.whsplus.com
. The latter will list and detail many community-developed addins.
Again, I haven't found speed to be of issue with anything except logging into the console can take a little long. However, anyone who's ever logged into a Windows Server domain knows the same pain.
Let me know if you have any other specific questions.