Building a server for the first time and need some advice

I'm already accustomed to building my own PCs, already have built around 5-6 systems. However I haven't yet built a server. I want a LAN server for my home to store all my digital photos and probably have it running a RAID 5 array.

What are some of the differences between a server and a normal PC I should be on the lookout when buying parts from ?
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  1. For a home server like that, any current desktop PC will do the job. You'll probably want to make sure that the motherboard has a gigabit LAN port, a controller that handles RAID 5, and enough SATA ports on that RAID controller to make RAID 5 worthwhile.
  2. if it is just a file server get a cheap proc, 1GB ram, get a floppy drive(for loading raid drivers during windows install) get a hardware raid card, for raid 5 the performance is a lot better.
  3. The above posters are right. Most of what makes a server tick is the software running on it. I have a home Apache webserver and the only thing different about it from being a regular PC is the webserver software running on it 24/7.

    There is specialized server hardware, but for a home server, you probably won't be needing that much performance.
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