Basic Home Server Spec

Soldato
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Hey,

So I currently use my Intel Little Falls 2 machine (Dual Atom), with 2gb of RAM for a file server, some web development and other storage etc.

Anyway, looking to upgrade this, so I was thinking along these lines:

YOUR BASKET
1 x Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £89.99
4 x Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache WD10EZEX - OEM ** Single Platter ** £59.99 (£239.96)
1 x Intel Pentium G840 2.80GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £55.99
1 x TeamGroup Elite 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (TED38GM1600HC11DC01) £29.99
Total : £427.32 (includes shipping : £9.50).




Run it in Raid 5 or something, any suggestions/thoughts/ideas?

Also - is it wise having the RAID seperate to a boot drive?

Cheers
 
Soldato
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An alternative side, AMD:

YOUR BASKET
4 x Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache WD10EZEX - OEM ** Single Platter ** £59.99 (£239.96)
1 x Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H AMD A85X Chipset (Socket FM2) DDR3 micro ATX Motherboard £58.99
1 x AMD A6-5400K Black Edition 3.60GHz (Socket FM2) APU Trinity Dual Core Processor (AD540KOKHJBOX) £49.99
1 x TeamGroup Elite 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (TED38GM1600HC11DC01) £29.99
Total : £390.32 (includes shipping : £9.50).




What do people think? Also, anyone know which is more powerful? I'd assume the AMD but am not sure!
 
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Unless you want to do on the fly media steaming (as opposed to just playing a file) then you don't need a very powerful (and hot) system.

For my main server I have

Asus E350 m/b with 6GB of DDR3 1333mh/z
OCZ Vertex3 Max ops 120GB
Highpoint 2640 raid 5 SAS/SATA card
4*WD Red 3GB Raid 5
2*WD RE4 2GB
Blackgold TV BGT3620 for network/internet TV recording.
Passive PSU
Fractal design noise proofed mid tower case
WHS2011

I also have a media server, again running WHS2011

Gigabyte A75 ITX MB
A6-3500 with stock cooler
8GB PC-1600
OCZ Vertex plus 120GB
Highpoint 2680 raid 5 SAS/SATA card
6*WD 2GB RE4-GP RAID0
Fractal design ITX case

The systems are on (or asleep) 24/7 so I have some expensive server HDD but the WD Red range are not that expensive and are designed up for 24/7 use in RAID.
 
Soldato
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Ok, well it's all ordered now :)

I went for the following:

Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H AMD A85X Chipset (Socket FM2) DDR3 micro ATX Motherboard
AMD A6-5400K Black Edition 3.60GHz (Socket FM2) APU Trinity Dual Core Processor (AD540KOKHJBOX)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU)
4x 1TB WD WD10EFRX RED 24x7, SATA 6Gb/
350W Enermax NAXN ENP350AGT, Quiet
Zalman FAN MATE 2 Fan controller
Sharkoon 3-pin Y-Cable (Install x2
Lian Li PC-A04B Black Micro-ATX Mini


Bit of a messy post - not got it all from the same retailer so had to go for invoices.

But yeah essentially the AMD Trinity build with cheaper RAM, a nice & functional case and WD Red's :).
 
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