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Home storage and backup server. (WHS 2011)

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January 19, 2014 12:47:09 PM

Hello all.

I'm in the process of centralizing all my storage and backups in my home, currently I use external HDD's to do backups and keep all my media stored on a Netgear Readynas 104.

The NAS I use now is a pain to use and fails every now and then.

There are currently 4 computers on the network that I'm planing to backup on the server. As far as streaming go I'm only going to stream to one devise at a time.

I want to build a home server running WHS 2011 and I'm on a bit of a budget.

Here is a list of the parts I'm planing to use:

CPU: Intel G3420
MOBO: Asus H87I-Plus
Ram: Crucial DDR3 1333MHz 4GB (CL9 1.5V)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304.
PSU: Corsair CX430
OS HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Storage HDDs: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (four in software Raid 5)
OS: Windows Home Server 2011.
(PC parts picker list:

I already have three 2TB Barracuda drives in the NAS and I want to reuse them. I need at least 4 TB of redundant storage.

As far as the parts go I'm happy to change them if you guys have better
options or recommendations.

1. Would this be a good setup for a home server?
2. Is the CPU good for the task?
3. I'm unsure about the MOBO, would this be a good option?
4. Should I change the OS drive to a SSD?
5. What speeds can I expect from the server?

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January 23, 2014 8:14:48 PM

That's a good build, since you are on a budget you could shrink the 500GB os drive so you don't have wasted space :D . A 300Gb or 250GB would be just fine.