Im looking at setting up a home file/media server.

I will be wanting to use serfer for;

- smb share all my media files over home network
would to have space for 8 internal hdd's
- run up to 5 dumb terminal for my kids via network
using LTSP setup
- also run 2 tv tuners down the track

got a budget of around $1500

Any advice would be great.

Should i look at server based board or would new desktop mobo do the trick?
Do dumb terminals use their own GPU's or is that done server side?

It's not uncommon to be streaming 3 movies at once off current server.

Any links to Ubuntu Hardware guides for home server would be great to.