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June 5, 2013 12:32:34 PM

I have built many different systems before, mostly for general use and gaming and this is my first web-server I'm trying to build.

It will be used for just few websites that have light traffic and therefore will probably not need the latest and greatest(unless it's cheap of course!)

Operating system will be some distribution of Linux. I have all the other needed items to get it up and running, like mouse-keyboard and display however I lack anything else.


So here I am, what would be the best bang-for-the buck cheap web-server hardware? I would like it to be in a small mITX case and draw as little power as possible.

What I have:
- Mouse, keyboard, display
- Hard-disk

What I would like:
- mITX case
- low power draw
- Around 200$

Any help appreciated!

Right now, thinking about the following:

CPU+Mobo
Foxconn D270S & Intel Atom D2700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

Memories
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$

Case and PSU
Rosewill RS-MI-01 BK and 250W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

Currently it costs 135$. Suggestions?

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a b 5 Linux
June 5, 2013 1:04:27 PM

$200 for an entire system is really, really low. Just save your money or spend it on a borrowing a dedicated or VM for $20-$50 a month. That $200 can get you 4-10 months depending on which you pick.
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June 6, 2013 1:49:53 AM

I understand that it's a very small budget for a web server but looking around Newegg, I think something from the following link coupled with a decent mITX case and power supply is enough.

http://www.newegg.com/Motherboard-CPU-VGA-Combo/SubCate...

I will use old HDD I found from the closet so right now, for the 200$ I only need:
- CPU
- Motherboard
- Memories
- mITX case + PSU bundle

Am I missing something? Would something from Intel Atom series be enough?
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June 6, 2013 3:57:36 AM

For this, I would be tempted to just buy a HP Micro server, they are offering cash back which makes it very very cheap.
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a b 5 Linux
June 6, 2013 6:33:42 AM

Delicate Balance said:
I understand that it's a very small budget for a web server but looking around Newegg, I think something from the following link coupled with a decent mITX case and power supply is enough.

http://www.newegg.com/Motherboard-CPU-VGA-Combo/SubCate...

I will use old HDD I found from the closet so right now, for the 200$ I only need:
- CPU
- Motherboard
- Memories
- mITX case + PSU bundle

Am I missing something? Would something from Intel Atom series be enough?

That would be a very weak web server. You need five components with a $200 budget. So you're looking to spend no more than $40 on any one component. Seriously, save your money. Otherwise, you will buy crappy components that you will end up replacing very soon. So that's $200 down the drain for nothing.
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June 6, 2013 6:37:55 AM

ksham said:
Delicate Balance said:
I understand that it's a very small budget for a web server but looking around Newegg, I think something from the following link coupled with a decent mITX case and power supply is enough.

http://www.newegg.com/Motherboard-CPU-VGA-Combo/SubCate...

I will use old HDD I found from the closet so right now, for the 200$ I only need:
- CPU
- Motherboard
- Memories
- mITX case + PSU bundle

Am I missing something? Would something from Intel Atom series be enough?

That would be a very weak web server. You need five components with a $200 budget. So you're looking to spend no more than $40 on any one component. Seriously, save your money. Otherwise, you will buy crappy components that you will end up replacing very soon. So that's $200 down the drain for nothing.


Depends how much work it is doing. I have had Linux/Apache running web sites on lower spec hardware than that with no problem.
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a b 5 Linux
June 6, 2013 6:48:46 AM

RobCrezz said:

Depends how much work it is doing. I have had Linux/Apache running web sites on lower spec hardware than that with no problem.

You said you run a httpd so you should know the average load. Care to suggest a CPU, motherboard, RAM, mITX case, and PSU for no more than $200? Apache is one of the heavyweights. There are definitely more lightweight httpd out there. ;) 
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June 6, 2013 6:53:46 AM

ksham said:
RobCrezz said:

Depends how much work it is doing. I have had Linux/Apache running web sites on lower spec hardware than that with no problem.

You said you run a httpd so you should know the average load. Care to suggest a CPU, motherboard, RAM, mITX case, and PSU for no more than $200? Apache is one of the heavyweights. There are definitely more lightweight httpd out there. ;) 


Dont run any any longer, but I remember in the past Ive run them on 1.3Ghz Pentium III :) 

£109 after cashback in the UK
http://www.ebuyer.com/430446-proliant-microserver-turio...

I would probably put 4-8gb of ram in it though.
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June 6, 2013 10:02:47 PM

Thanks for all the answers. The HP (and other) microservers look interesting and I'll check them out. As for the load it has to handle, it is extremely small. Mostly just few personal sites that have just under 10 visitors per day. After reading few reviews, I'm quite sure a nice dual core Atom could manage.
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June 8, 2013 3:23:02 AM

Updated first post with a simple build. Still got plenty of cash left and thinking if I could get more powerful CPU.
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June 10, 2013 3:24:49 AM

Delicate Balance said:
Updated first post with a simple build. Still got plenty of cash left and thinking if I could get more powerful CPU.


Is the HP box more expensive where you are? I dont know why you wouldnt buy that to be honest.
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