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February 6, 2010 1:18:23 AM

I am building a computer for a school project and I decide to make a home server because its cheaper and I need one. I have picked parts out but this is my first build so I need to know if the parts are compatible? I may use spare parts I have laying around too. Any suggest would also help!
Case
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=Q-517KP&cat=CAS

MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drives (2 or 3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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February 6, 2010 1:48:16 AM

Hi, forget it. The configuration isn't near to good.

For a server you need at least a dual-core. A better mobo (with one of the new sockets), the case isn't good.

1GB RAM isn't enough, install at least 2GB or more, the only good things (IMO) are the HDD.
February 6, 2010 9:45:11 AM

But I thought a server doesn't need a lot of power because only thing it does is transfer and hold info. Most people I looked at on the internet use old computers to do it and they have like Pentium 4 processors. I was going to change the processor because I didn't think it had enough power either.
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February 6, 2010 10:22:24 AM

Most people with old computers are looking for something to do with them. So they turn them into servers.

Your basically buying new parts to make an old computer. And after the "proof of concept" school project is over, that's what you will have - an old, not particularly useful, computer
February 6, 2010 11:57:08 AM

jsc said:
Most people with old computers are looking for something to do with them. So they turn them into servers.

Your basically buying new parts to make an old computer. And after the "proof of concept" school project is over, that's what you will have - an old, not particularly useful, computer


I agree with jsc, this would be a waste of money. If you want proof of concept, and want to have something usable after the fact, give us your budget and I'm sure someone could help you come up with a nice build that you can actually use after your school project is done.
February 6, 2010 12:12:54 PM

Well I don't want to spend over $300 not including software. I already have a gaming PC and my mother has a computer and as far as I know the Windows home Server can do things like backup all the data from the other PC and do update and if you download stuff it will do that with out bothering my PC. I really just want a backup with a lot of space to hold my stuff because my PC has a 320GB hard drive and its full.
February 6, 2010 7:48:30 PM

If you want backup your data, buy a 1TB HDD and do the data backup yourself, or with some software. Isn't necessary install a server OS to do it.
February 6, 2010 8:03:51 PM

I know but I need to build it for the project plus I would like it to store all of my stuff from all the PC's.
February 6, 2010 8:15:58 PM

Sounds to me like he wants to build a very basic file server for around $300.

That can be done, but as you said, it would be just as easy to take an old PC and put it in the same role.
February 6, 2010 8:21:31 PM

MaizeNBlue2 is exactly right. I want something that will let me save all of my files like music and movies from my gaming PC so that I don't need to have that on my gaming PC because I only want that for games. And also let me backup everything in case of some kind failure of my PC. Pretty much like an external hard drive but I need it to be a computer to meet the project requirements.
February 6, 2010 8:57:47 PM

Somethings I don't understand are how will it work. Right now the internet goes though a router and then all the way across the house to my PC. Will it go to the server the connect that to my PC or the other way around. Here are the things I want it to do.

1. Store all of my files
2. back up all of my files
3. Let me download to it instead of my PC. I download a lot of music and movies and instead of having the be downloaded on my PC and the transfer them to the server I want the just to download strait to the server.
February 6, 2010 9:05:54 PM

kogo50 said:
Somethings I don't understand are how will it work. Right now the internet goes though a router and then all the way across the house to my PC. Will it go to the server the connect that to my PC or the other way around. Here are the things I want it to do.

1. Store all of my files
2. back up all of my files
3. Let me download to it instead of my PC. I download a lot of music and movies and instead of having the be downloaded on my PC and the transfer them to the server I want the just to download strait to the server.


I'm going to try and throw together a quick build that won't be too outdated. This is my first attempt, so I'm going to want someone else to take a look at it before you go ahead and get it. I'm going to assume you have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to use to set it up, otherwise the feat is nearly impossible for the amount of money you want to put into it.

I'll edit this post with the build once I get done.
February 6, 2010 9:21:40 PM

Thank you for the help MaizeNBlue2 and yes I have the rest of the system.
February 6, 2010 10:10:41 PM

Alright, I'm assuming you can pull a DVD drive temporarily to install the OS as well, since it's a server, you probably wouldn't need one for the most part.

Here's what I came up with:

Case: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335

Motherboard: MSI GF615M-P33

Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz

RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB)

Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB

All items have free shipping, and the total is: $331.94

I know it's slightly over budget. If you don't have a DVD drive to install the OS, then you can add:

LG DVD Burner for $24.99 (also with free shipping)

I could have cut back on parts here and there to save a few bucks, but the motherboard has an AM3 socket, DDR3 RAM, and hard drive is a good size for starts, since you said it's going to be holding all your files, and your current 320GB drive in your gaming machine is almost full already. You should be able to upgrade this machine fairly easily. Still 2 open RAM slots, the processor could be easily updated, it's easy to add more hard drive as you get money, etc.

The only other build I've done in the last 8 years or so is the parts that I ordered yesterday, so I'd ask that someone please look this build over and make sure it's a good deal, before the OP decides to purchase. OP, please don't purchase anything until someone else has looked the build over and approved. Multiple approvals are preferred. Thanks!
February 6, 2010 10:45:36 PM

I'll just take out the optical drive from my PC to install the OS. Thanks everybody for the help!!!
February 6, 2010 10:47:43 PM

vanekl said:
Hmmmm, you can save $20 by going with CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That's a good call.

kogo50 said:
I'll just take out the optical drive from my PC to install the OS. Thanks everybody for the help!!!


OP, wait until a few more people check it out first before you do any purchasing please.
February 6, 2010 10:51:26 PM

You can save another $13 if you go to slower, 1-lane memory.
Crucial Technology BL12864BN1608 1 GB Ballistix 240-pin DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800 8-8-8-24 Unbuffered NON-ECC DDR3-1600 1.65V 128Meg x 64 Memory
http://www.amazon.com/Technology-BL12864BN1608-Ballisti...

This would put you within budget.

You may have to tweak the BIOS to get this memory to work, however. I guess that would make it a learning experience.
February 6, 2010 10:57:37 PM

I'm going to check with a few more people or the server section of the forums. And I'm also going to put the other PSU if others think it is ok.
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