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January 23, 2014 12:49:46 AM

Hey, as the title says, I'm looking to build a low power consumption media server for home. I've currently got my main box - gaming rig + 6Tb in WD greens ( 1 + 2 + 3 ) and I leave it on all the time at the moment, it's killing my power bill.
The initial setup costs isn't a huge deal - within reason, but ideally I would like to be able to keep the media server running 24/7 without much on going costs (PowerBill wise)

My priorities are:
1. Power consumption
2. Physical space
3. Hdd space

I would like to be able to have 6 WD reds, 4Tbs in it and gigabit LAN. Apart from that I'm wide open to
Ideas.
I heard Haswell have lower power consumption than ivy bridge?

The rest of my setup is:
2nd gen i5 Samsung laptop as media client to primary Tv ( cracked the screen 2 weeks after getting it, now it sits permanently open with wireless keyboard and mouse)

Apple TV as media client to 2nd TV.

Entire home LAN is gigabit with AC wifi.

Note: I know there are a lot of other threads out there like this, however most of the ones I've been able to find are 2+ yrs old now.

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January 23, 2014 4:06:37 AM

you can start from here
dual core haswell
PSU 360W 80+ Gold from Seasonic
6x 4TB WD Red
microATX Case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.29 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1420.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 07:06 EST-0500)
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January 23, 2014 5:09:15 AM

Thank you very much for your response.
After "much googling" I ended up finding a mini-ITX board;
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
It's only got 4 onboard SATA ports, so I would have to add a 4 port PCIE SATA card, meaning I end up with 8 ports.
The thing I'm struggling with most with this build is finding the power consumption of each part. I agree a i3 Haswell processor is the way to go. Do you know if there's a mini/micro board with 8 SATA ports? if so is its power consumption less than a 4 port mini ITX with a 4 port PCIE card?

I'm sorry to dump all of this on you, the only power consumption I've been able to find is on HDDs, Red > Green and not just in regards to power consumption.
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January 23, 2014 5:39:25 AM

you have another problem
mini-itx case mostly has very limited amount of hdd slot
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September 19, 2014 2:51:53 PM

Yes you can generally put anything equal to or less than the number of lanes in a pice slot... x1 will almost certainly work in x16 slot.

As for low power server options the lowest I've found to date would be an ECS LIVA with an external USB 3 drive for additional storage... Without the drive the thing sips 3-5W Requires win8 or Ubuntu as of right now... More flexible /performant option would be something in the Zotac BayTrail range, I have a CI320 with a 64GB SSD in it that only uses about 10w under load, decodes HD without breaking a sweat, totally silent idles at a mere 6W. Last suggestion would be if you're looking to build a more flexible low power server take a look at the Rangely/Avoton atom boards... ECC Ram IPMI, up to 8 cores, very capable and very power efficient, less than 20W under load and equipped for the enterprise market.
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