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Low power budget home server build

I could use some help with the details here, I've looked at a lot of low power consumption builds but I am honestly not sure what I should be looking for in the actual hardware.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week


Budget Range: <500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: storage and file serving, setup SSH connection so I can tunnel in for HTTP forwarding, play with OS installs, game host server sometimes (no actual gaming on the machine)


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, mid case


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: don't care about brand, but not something we know is poor quality. Video and sound can be on-board, I'm not really going to be using them much.


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: Does not matter


Additional Comments: Simply need a server so I can play with some installs, serve files, maybe host some games, and want low power consumption to keep running costs low.
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  1. Best answer
    Excellent time to employ the AMD BOBCAT platform!

    CPU/Motheboard/GPU board --- ASUS E-350 @ $134.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131697

    HDD --- Samsung 1.5Tb EcoGreen $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152175

    DVD --- Sony 24X DVD burner $21.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    PSU --- Seasonic S12II 380W PSU $54.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151072

    RAM --- Not sure on what sort of RAM for a little AMD system. So I just threw in some DDR3 from GSkill $46.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180

    GRAND TOTAL OF $328.95

    Pretty good I think ...


    Cheers,


    Luke
  2. That's a great price, I'm gonna take a look today!
  3. Let us know how you get on!!

    The AMD E350 won't be able to do too much gaming, or encoding videos but for the purposes you mentioned (OS installs, SSH encryption, File Server, and even the gaming server) the processor should be fine. Heck I even think that some crazy hardware reviewers such as Toms and Anandtech have run games on them at low graphics!

    Your server should be dead quiet too!


    Cheers,


    Luke
  4. Best answer selected by Axoliien.
  5. Yours is obviously the best answer :) I'll probably be ordering this weekend, so thanks!
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