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WHS Build (Updated w/ Correct Format)

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November 24, 2010 1:00:48 AM

Hello all! Long time lurker, first time poster (as cliche as that sound).

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $500-600 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Use as a Windows Media Center Extender with my Xbox 360 and backing up >1TB of data from three home computers.

Parts Not Required: Can be headless as long as I can remote access it.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Would like to stay with well known sites such as Newegg, Tigerdirect and/or Amazon.

Country of Origin: United States of America (Ohio)

Parts Preferences: Would prefer small form factor, but not a requirement. Have used intel and AMD, no preference.

Overclocking: Only if the community thinks I would need it?

SLI or Crossfire: Don't believe so

Monitor Resolution: Non required.

Additional Comments: Not really Linux inclined, would prefer Windows Home Server, but I'm open to all options.

Original Message:
I'm looking to get into a WHS server. I'm decent with computers and OS but not enough to get into Linux. I am more concerned about redundancy but I would like to stream my digital media to my Xbox 360 as well.

I have no idea where to begin as far as a parts list. I've looked around online but all the tutorials seem to be over a year old. I would like to stay under $500, but I also want to make sure I get a good system.

Thanks in advance to anyone that can point me in the right direction!!!

-Chad
November 26, 2010 4:19:10 PM

Anyone? Did I not submit this request correctly?
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November 26, 2010 6:28:35 PM

Thanks! Updated it. Hope this will land me some replies!
November 26, 2010 7:22:27 PM

here's a basic build for $454.92. It doesn't include the Operating system.

AS Rock 880G Motherboard: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 4 GB DDR3-1333 RAM: $49.99 w/ $10MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.99 for 4 GB is a fantastic price.

APEX DM-317 Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A small form factor case with a 275W PSU. If you don't trust that PSU, Seasonic makes a 300W that should fit in the same space. Either way, you will want to strap down your wires. See optional items after the main price.

AMD Phenom II X3 740 BE 3.0 GHz OEM: $68.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
fantastic value right now! cheaper than anything but athlon II X2s. Needs a fan, so..

Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B HSF: $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its only 64mm high, so it'll fit in this case easily, and runs cool and quiet. you coudl probably get a much less expensive fan (a coolermaster 92mm fan about the same size is $11.99), but none this high quality -- all copper, great airflow, low noise.

G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60 GB SSD: $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There was enough money left in your budget (and really, still is!) to get this as a boot drive.

Seagate Barracuda 2 TB Hard drive 5900 RPM: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This will be where you store your media.

Samsung 22x DVD burner: $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

again: $454.92 plus shipping on this.

Other options:
If yuo don't trust the PSU, Get this Sea Sonic one for $37.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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