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May 17, 2010 2:03:47 PM

My father asked me to build him a home server for his house and below is the parts list I have selected. There will be a couple more hdd's added in the future for

expansion. The main use of this system will be for files sharing, backups, and some media use. This system will be running WHS 32-Bit(for now).

Here is my parts list, I welcome any criticism, or opinions. Thank you.

APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case $34.99
Item #:N82E16811154098

(2) Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS 1.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" $199.99 (2)
Item #:N82E16822136513

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... $39.99 (after mail in rebate)
Item #:N82E16817341016

SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA $12.99
Item #:N82E16820300608

Patriot Add-On Card Model PCUSB3PCIE $32.99
Item #:N82E16815241002

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ $99.99
Item #:N82E16820231122

ASUS P5G41-M LE/CSM LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $59.99
Item #:N82E16813131399

Intel Celeron E3300 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E3300 $46.99
Item #:N82E16819116264

Microsoft Windows Home Server 32 Bit 1 Pack (Power pack 1) - OEM $99.99
Item #:N82E16832116550

Total: $725 with shipping

This is a budget build and have already slightly exceeded my top dollar. I welcome your critique and ideas.

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May 17, 2010 2:11:49 PM

GiGaByte MoBo $59.99 $49.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz $56.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Corsair 400 watt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not worth doing a socket 775 build go AMD this will be a faster platform and has way better upgrade path if ever needed. Also that OCZ PSU you picked is junk dont get it you dont need alot of power for this system but you want something reliable and something that will be up to the 24/7 being on so eithier Antec Corsair, or SeaSonic would be a good choice. You really wont need anything big to run this server 300 or 400 watt PSU will be plenty just make sure its a quality brand like I listed.
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May 17, 2010 4:49:33 PM

saaiello said:
GiGaByte MoBo $59.99 $49.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz $56.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Corsair 400 watt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not worth doing a socket 775 build go AMD this will be a faster platform and has way better upgrade path if ever needed. Also that OCZ PSU you picked is junk dont get it you dont need alot of power for this system but you want something reliable and something that will be up to the 24/7 being on so eithier Antec Corsair, or SeaSonic would be a good choice. You really wont need anything big to run this server 300 or 400 watt PSU will be plenty just make sure its a quality brand like I listed.

Agree about the AMD. But I'd like to know what you think is wrong with the OCZ modexstream? I'm running one right now (600W). Performs great, nice and fairly quiet. Specs are good. I run my computer 24-7 and fold on and off. OCZ has a good reputation around PSUs.

Anyway, if you want a super quiet power supply, I recommend sparkle or Seasonic. Seasonic turns off the fan when not needed to reduce noise and sparkle just has a damned quiet fan.
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May 17, 2010 5:14:30 PM

probably want to switch your harddrive to WD AV-GP 2.0TB for server use. the caviar green isnt really the best candidate for this situation as they are know for issues with their head parking mechanism causing faults inside server setups. also you get the added protection of a server-grade harddrive with the AV-GP, and still keeping the low-power feature of GP(green power) drives, AV-GP drives have added shock absorption, lower mean time fail rates, and longer on/off cycles, prices wise, they cost about the same.

I have a few of the AV-GP 2.0TB drives myself in my server setup, I have to say, great drives, super quite, low heat, and silk-smooth performance in streaming operations.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=615
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May 17, 2010 6:20:09 PM

OK guys thank you for the input, I have changed my cpu, mobo, power supply, and hdd as suggested. Here is the new list:

APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case $34.99
Item #:N82E16811154098

(2) Western Digital AV-GP WD15EVDS 1.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" $199.99 (2)
Item #:N82E16822136495

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139008

SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA $12.99
Item #:N82E16820300608

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ $99.99
Item #:N82E16820231122

ASUS P5G41-M LE/CSM LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $59.99
Item #:N82E16813131399

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
Item #: N82E16819103688

Microsoft Windows Home Server 32 Bit 1 Pack (Power pack 1) - OEM $99.99
Item #:N82E16832116550
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May 17, 2010 7:26:10 PM

bryan240g said:


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ $99.99
Item #:N82E16820231122

ASUS P5G41-M LE/CSM LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $59.99
Item #:N82E16813131399

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
Item #: N82E16819103688

Microsoft Windows Home Server 32 Bit 1 Pack (Power pack 1) - OEM $99.99
Item #:N82E16832116550

AMD processors do not work in intel sockets. you need a motherboard with an amd socket. in your case, AM2+, since you are going with DDR2 memory.
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May 17, 2010 7:32:50 PM

enzo matrix said:
Agree about the AMD. But I'd like to know what you think is wrong with the OCZ modexstream? I'm running one right now (600W). Performs great, nice and fairly quiet. Specs are good. I run my computer 24-7 and fold on and off. OCZ has a good reputation around PSUs.

Anyway, if you want a super quiet power supply, I recommend sparkle or Seasonic. Seasonic turns off the fan when not needed to reduce noise and sparkle just has a damned quiet fan.

Nothing really against OCZ power supplies I have an OCZ Fatality 550 watt unit in one of my rigs I only bought it because it was really cheap. I have heard good and bad about OCZ and well for a server that will be on 24/7 would feel better off with an Antec or Corsair not saying that the OCZ Mod would be bad but for the OP's rig a 500 watt PSU isnt needed for one and for the same price as the OCZ you can get a slightly lower wattage unit from Corsair or Antec which both carry 5 year warranties where as most OCZ are 3 year warranties.

And as Enzo said your motherboard is an Intel motherboard you need to get an AMD motherboard I suggest one in my original post.
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May 17, 2010 8:35:53 PM

Damn sorry guys I forgot to change the mobo to the one recommended earlier. SAAIELLO, I am going with

your choice. The gigabyte mobo. This will be my first amd build, I doubt it will really be any different from an

intel build, but we'll see. Thanks for all your advice fellas, I appreciate it. You guys have any experience with

WHS? Anything I should be aware of during normal usage or installing?
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May 27, 2010 4:06:16 AM

Best answer selected by bryan240g.
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