My first build

We need to put a webserver in our home office, on a tight budget. I need the thing to be quiet, because I cannot stand fans in my ear (although I listen to them all day long). It has to run Windows Server 2008 because our application is DotNetNuke (.aspx, dynamic content generation). I am told that the CPU is not so critical, but we need lots of RAM. It also has to be (software) RAID 1 (and probably manual back-ups to my existing 2TB external HDD's).

This is my first build. I have been reading all day. I thought I should ask you guys before I spend cash.

Case and PSU: Antec NSK 6582B case with 430W power supply, $119.00 (430W is way excessive, but it is supposed to be almost as quiet as an Antec Sonata, but without the static/self-power-down problems.

CPU and Cooler: an old Intel Core2 Duo E6850 @ 3.0 GHz I had in the garage, along with a stock cooling fan from the CoreDuo Quad Q9650 I replaced it with (back when I was feeling flush). $0.00.

Motherboard: MSI G41M-P26 LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard, $50.99

Memory: 8GB RAM (2 x 4 GB) CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1333C9, $50.00 (after rebates).

Hard Drives: 3 x Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drives (2 for software RAID 1, and 1 for a spare), $194.97 ($64.99 each).

UPS: An old APC 700 I had in the shed, with a new battery ($32.19 with shipping)

I plan to use the integrated video on the motherboard to power a used Dell 19" SVGA monitor I have laying around. I also have to get Windows Server 2008 R2, and of course Arctic Silver Thermal Compound ($12.00).

Are 2TB hard drives ridiculous? They got better reviews than either the 1TB's or the 1.5TB's, and Seagate is claiming 750,000 MTBF (if they survive the shipping), which is something like 85 years of continuous operation???! I thought if they will be around for that long I should really spend a few dollars more and get larger ones, so we can keep them a long time (and still have a spare in case anything goes out).

Total cost for this proposed build is $447.91, plus the battery and Windows Server 2008 R2. Does anyone have any concerns, or suggestions for improvement?

Thanks so much in advance.
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  1. Since I posted, I have learned that while Antec cases are quiet, SeaSonic is supposed to make the quietest PSU's?

    So now I am looking for an Antec case, with a SeaSonic PSU (maybe 250 or 300W).
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    Honestly you'll hear the CPU fan more than the PSU. If you are worried about noise, pick up some sound dampening mats (one side is adhesive) for the inside of the case.
    For an aftermarket, quieter cooler look at the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7. It's fairly cheap too.
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