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Advice on home server

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April 27, 2010 11:28:26 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
Next Month

BUDGET RANGE:
$800 - $900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
1. (Massive) Storage
2. File sharing on home network
3. Maybe web server

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, OS, HDDs

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
EDBPriser.dk if you're danish, otherwise any english will do

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Denmark

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Cheap, but still quality.

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
Doesnt matter

Questions:
1. How should I get RAID5 - with Hardware, Software or OS?
2. Is it possible to expand a RAID5 when needed, or do I have to build it with all HDDs once?
3. Do you think 2GB RAM is enough, or do I need more?
4. Is AMD the way to go for a storage server, or should it be Intel instead?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Desired Characteristics
1. Be reasonably power efficient
2. Be reasonably quite
3. Possibility to add at least 5 HDDs + 1 for OS
4. Support RAID5
I'm going to use Windows Server 2008 R2, maybe a Windows Home Server in a VM.
For HDDs, I'm going to be using WD Caviar Green WD20EADS.
I'm very open to suggestions and advice, as this is my first server :D 

COMPONENT LIST:
Sorry for the mixed urls, but couldn't find any english site with all components :/ 
Corsair Professional HX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan (ncix.com)
Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD3P (Gigabyte.com)
NZXT Classic Series WHISPER (Shopper.cnet.com)
AMD Phenom II X4 910e / 2.6 GHz processor (Shopper.cnet.com)

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April 27, 2010 2:14:18 PM

While I don't have any suggestions for you, I would make a couple of comments:

1) You're going to be hard pressed to find desktop components with Server 2008 Drivers. It can be done (obviously - see my specs), but checking to make sure each component is Server 2008 compliant will most likely limit your options.

2) If you intend to run ANY Virtual Machine software using Windows Server 2008's Hyper-V, you will want more than 2 gig of RAM. Each running VM requires it's own dedicated memory assigned. In my rig, I have 8 Gig of RAM installed. I have assigned 2GB of RAM to each VM (and leave 2GB for the Server 2008 OS). This allows me to only have three VMs running at any given time.

Hope this helps a little bit.

-Wolf sends
April 29, 2010 10:31:12 AM

Thanks for the tips Wolf.

Anyone able to answer my other questions?
!