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HP Server Clunker Replacement Build - need help

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September 13, 2009 9:52:20 PM

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.

2. PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V …………….. $59.99

I’ve used the online eXtreme Power Supply Calculator to estimate my power requirements and it says I need 325w without overclocking and Crossfire/SLI, which I don’t use.

3. CPU – Intel Core 2 Duo E5300 Wolfdale 65W 45nm ……… $69.99

4. HSF - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler ……. $26.60

5. Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P …………… $114.99

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.

6. Memory - 2xOCZ OCZ2RPR10664GK 4GB PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066) $99.98
2 kits (4 sticks) - 8gb

7. Monitor - Acer X233H 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD $158.39

8. Hard drive – 1xWestern Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1001FALS 84.99
5xWestern Digital Caviar Green 2TB WD20EADS ~$200.00 each

I install the 1tb drive now and wait for the 2tb ones to become less expensive and then gradually add them in as the need arises.

9. Optical drive – 1xSony Optiarc 24X DVD - AD-7240S $32.00
1xgeneric DVD/CD ROM (from the clunker) $0.00

10. Floppy drive – 1xgeneric drive (from the clunker) $0.00

11. OS – Windows XP Pro (previously bought) $0.00

12. Case fan – 2xENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fans – Retail $13.18

So, what do you think? I can’t wait to get my feet wet. I greatly appreciate any input.
September 13, 2009 9:55:25 PM

What's your overall maximum budget??
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September 13, 2009 10:12:10 PM

>>>What's your overall maximum budget??<<<<

About $850
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September 13, 2009 10:17:47 PM

And you need all core components without the case?! And you have the other output devices?

Medo
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September 13, 2009 11:09:30 PM

psycho sykes said:
And you need all core components without the case?! And you have the other output devices?

Medo


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.
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September 14, 2009 12:09:39 AM

What about....
CPU: i5 750 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $209.99
Mobo: ASUS P7P55D EVO -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $189.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $94.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $49.99
Wait for HD5770 for like $199.99, See my last post in http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271118-31-quality-gam...
Or get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $109.99 -- SAPPHIRE 100277HDMI Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ("Arctic Cooling" Cooling design)
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $99.99

HSF: Thermaltake SpinQ Performance Series cooler with ultra-lightweight aluminum and six heatpipes CL-P0466 CPU Cooler -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $59.98
Or COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU cooler -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $29.99
CD/DVD Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $30.99
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Total: $805 (Without MIRs and DVD Drive, With the Thermaltake SpinQ HSF).

You can get the cheap HSF and disregard the DVD Drive saving $60, Sell your current case for like $30~40 and get the: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Or the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I didn't include a Monitor because you said you have a 22" CRT and you can go with it till uou can afford something with more muscle.
Its time I recommend this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope helped you some.

Medo
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September 14, 2009 2:30:01 AM

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.


psycho sykes said:
What about....
CPU: i5 750 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $209.99
Mobo: ASUS P7P55D EVO -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $189.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $94.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $49.99
Wait for HD5770 for like $199.99, See my last post in http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271118-31-quality-gam...
Or get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $109.99 -- SAPPHIRE 100277HDMI Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ("Arctic Cooling" Cooling design)
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $99.99

HSF: Thermaltake SpinQ Performance Series cooler with ultra-lightweight aluminum and six heatpipes CL-P0466 CPU Cooler -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $59.98
Or COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU cooler -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $29.99
CD/DVD Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- $30.99
---------------------------
Total: $805 (Without MIRs and DVD Drive, With the Thermaltake SpinQ HSF).

You can get the cheap HSF and disregard the DVD Drive saving $60, Sell your current case for like $30~40 and get the: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Or the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I didn't include a Monitor because you said you have a 22" CRT and you can go with it till uou can afford something with more muscle.
Its time I recommend this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope helped you some.

Medo

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