My HP server clunker stopped working a couple of weeks ago; and instead of hunting various tech bargain forums for a good deal to replace it, I’ve decided to build one myself. Btw, it’s my first build.
I envision a home server/workstation with lots of storage for the family and adequate computing power for the usual web surfing, emailing, entertaining, and documenting needs. There’s also some light gaming, mostly old real time strategy games that do not suck up a lot of juice to run. The machine will be on most of the time, so quietness and low power are important. It will of course be faster and more capable than the clunker (dual Pentium 1gz with 2gz memory) it replaces.
Here’s the configuration:
1. Case - Antec 1035B ………………………. $0.00
I know it’s an old case, but I bought it during a big sale a few years back and now am stuck with it. The case offers four exposed 5” slots, 2 exposed 3.5” slots, and 4 hidden 3.5” slots. I plan to fill them with 1 WD Caviar Black 1tb (OS and apps), 5 WD Caviar Greens 2tb each (data), 1 DVD/CD burner, 1 DVD/CD reader, and a floppy. It also comes with two 80mm fans in the back and slots for two 80mm fans in the front to cool the drives.
You probably wonder why I go with the board supporting Crossfire and good overclock if I have no intention of using them. Well, the next lower model (GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R) is only $10 less, so what the heck. The board offers 8 SATA ports in various RAID configurations, but I use 7 ports for standalone drives and 1 port for the eSATA bracket that comes with the board. It also offers 1 IDE port for 2 devices.
And you need all core components without the case?! And you have the other output devices?
About the only things I can salvage from the clunker are the floppy and the dvd/cd rom. The old case is custom made for the clunker by HP with poor ventilation design. The 4 SCSI drives (45gb each) are just too small to be of any practical use. The psu is 300w which is too little. I guess I could use the Compaq 22" CRT, but it makes a dent on my floor, so it's time to out with old and in the new. I do have a working printer and a scanner.
Thanks, Medo, for the great input. It's very tempting to go with the latest and greatest per your suggestions, especially when it is within my reach, although the total cost starts bumping up against the top end of my budget.
I have been debating whether to go with something small (been around, stable, and easy on the money) or go with the gusto and be done with it for at least a few years. I am afraid it would be too much of challenge for a first timer like me to tackle the latter given the instability often accompanied by newly introduced technologies and products. If this build goes well, I will be ready to build a true gaming rig next year with the money I will have saved.
I do like your suggestion of the Samsung Black DVD/CD combo and will switch the Sony with it. Thanks again for the help.