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July 23, 2013 5:50:21 AM

Hello,
I am looking to build a Home Based Server. I don’t know much about running a Home Based Server, if possible include everything needed. Wires, drives, software, modems, etc…

I have 3 PC’s excluding in the house. One is a laptop, the other a desktop, and mine is a desktop. Would like to have the option to directly plug the server into my main desktop if possible, and wireless capabilities to in case I need anything while I’m away from it. Possibility of remote access to the Server to check it for updates is needed, if it’s better to have a KB/M & Monitor hooked up to it, then the cheapest possible.

Budget is $500-$700 ( Absolutely no more than $950, cheaper is preferable as long as it doesn't compromise the Efficiency, storage capacity, and Security )

I will need it to hold: Audio & video files, basic files, PC back up’s. File sizes will vary from few KB to GB. Some of the PC backup will be pretty big. The other desktop’s 500 GB HDD is 65% used so I’d like at least 1TB HDD’s. I want to stay away from RAID 0, RAID 1-5-10 is preferable. No SSD’s please.
Some of the software I use: Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office Professional, and Sony Creative Software to name a few. I’m a college student so a lot of PDF, Word, Power Point, and Excel files. It will also hold Encrypted Sensitive files too, if there is any way to add Anti-virus software to the Server too.

Looks are not an issue. Efficiency, Storage, and Security are my main goals for it.

Note: I’m not a computer geek, I have beginner to moderate experience with PC’s hardware & software. If I missed anything please let me know.
July 23, 2013 6:30:01 AM

A dual core CPU will be fine for your needs. The MB below is ho-hum, but does have eight SATA ports if you decide you want a larger drive array or just add more drives in general. The case also holds eight 3.5" drives... The four 2TB drives in an array will easily saturate a gigabit network link (I.E. its fast enough). Simply plug this guy into your wireless router and you are connected from any device (wired or wireless).

Check out FreeNAS or other free OS designed for file sharing. Read the FAQs! In particular, installing the OS on a USB flash drive and memory recommendations based on disk usage. Lots of documentation out there...

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi A85W ATX FM2 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $645.57
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July 23, 2013 9:23:47 AM

sadams04 said:
A dual core CPU will be fine for your needs. The MB below is ho-hum, but does have eight SATA ports if you decide you want a larger drive array or just add more drives in general. The case also holds eight 3.5" drives... The four 2TB drives in an array will easily saturate a gigabit network link (I.E. its fast enough). Simply plug this guy into your wireless router and you are connected from any device (wired or wireless).

Check out FreeNAS or other free OS designed for file sharing. Read the FAQs! In particular, installing the OS on a USB flash drive and memory recommendations based on disk usage. Lots of documentation out there...

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi A85W ATX FM2 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $645.57


That will definitely last me a while, RAID 10 should work with 8TB total decently right? I was thinking about getting the Windows Home Server? Are the FreeNAS/OS just as good? It's going to have sensitive information on it too so security and reliability are very import. Even though the sensitive stuff will be encrypted still like having extra security.

I have cable to a router then a wireless router attached to that. My main desktop doesn't have a wireless card into so that one will need to be plugged in wired. Other than that looks like a good build.
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