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April 29, 2010 2:15:07 AM

My Father wants me to see if I can work out a server build for his small office. (~10 people) He won't be using it for more than storing information, print server, and file sharing.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next 2 months

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: File Sharing, Print Server, Backup Storage, Website Hosting

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca

PARTS PREFERENCES: We prefer Intel, but we wont hesitate to experiment with AMD.

OVERCLOCKING: Nope

MONITOR RESOLUTION: N/A (Headless)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Out budget is about $700 CAD, can be flexible.

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April 29, 2010 4:00:29 PM

For what you're going to use it for, did you look at servers like the HP ProLiant ML110 G5 with a few SATA hard disks in RAID0+1 configuration?
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April 29, 2010 4:15:51 PM

Do you need an OS in your budget? If not, here's a build at just over $700 CAD.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASUS P7P55-M LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item... $318.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

SAPPHIRE 100291L Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $44.49

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $123.49

(2) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $111.98 ($55.99 each)

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $109.99

Total - $708.93

The i5 750 may be overkill for this type of build, but it would be nice to have the horsepower when needed. What amount of website traffic are you expecting?
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April 29, 2010 9:30:13 PM

The OS will need to be included into the system price, forgot to mention that. And the website won't be too demanding, just something simple, like an "About Us" type of website.
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April 29, 2010 9:41:56 PM

In that case, I would make some adjustments. Here's a build that comes in under budget and includes the OS and two HD's for RAID.

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item... $249.98 (CPU + OS combo)

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GT-UD3H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $99.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $123.49

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $55.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $55.99

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $109.99

Total - $695.43
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April 29, 2010 10:15:39 PM

Windows 7 is not a server OS.
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April 29, 2010 10:19:36 PM

I understand that, but this doesn't really require a true "server" OS from what I can see. I guess we'll have to wait for the OP to clear up what OS he would like to have.

A true server OS isn't really an option anyway since it costs more than the whole system budget. :) 

Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2008 R2 64 bit x64 English 1pk - OEM $739.99

Edit: There, now I upgraded the OS in my build to Windows 7 Professional. Does that sound better?
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April 30, 2010 1:23:38 AM

the only real server OS that fits this budget is Linux with Samba base (FREE)
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April 30, 2010 1:30:27 AM

^ Agreed. There really is no point to run anything other than Linux for server duty. HOWEVER, the main downside is that one needs a bit more work with Linux to set up a server properly, but once set up, it's very stable.

I run linux as a firewall and NAS.
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