Windows Home Server Build (Under 500)

I'm starting on my first build and its going to be a home server. Mostly media, supporting a couple of laptops, couple of Apple TVs, etc. I want it to handle all of our media storage and would also like it to be able to do all of my ripping/transcoding of DVDs or CDs.

I'm shopping at Newegg.

I have an i5 650 that's been sitting on my shelf for over a year so I plan to use that.

I've got a WD Black 750GB that I might use as a system drive, it's also been sitting on a shelf.

I'm thinking about the following:

GIGABYTE GA-H55M-S2V LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (two of these)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

I need a case and a PSU but have no idea on those two items. The case doesn't need to be fancy or small, but I want to be able to expand to at least four, maybe six, hard drives. The server will live in a closet in my basement; the closet is relatively small and enclosed, but it always stays pretty cool down there.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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  1. Antec 300 or Antec 300 illusion is a pretty good solid choice for a case. Good airflow accross the HDD's, 300 with 1-2 extra fans, 300 illusion as it is.
    Fits 6 hard drives.

    Then some solid PSU from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic or XFX around 400W-500W if you intend to put in a ton of HDD's.
  2. I agree, antec illusion is a good choice

    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W 9 SATA connectors $70

    XFX Core Edition PRO450W (P1-450S-XXB9) 450W 6 SATA connectors $55

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $55 free shipping
  3. Thanks for the suggestions; one of the Antec cases looks like it will be perfect. Around 500 watts for the PSU?

    Also, anyone see any compatibility issues with the mobo/RAM/CPU I've chosen?

    Thanks for the assistance.
  4. The reviews on the MB you selected aren't so good.

    I've built a few systems with this MB and never had an issue, just flash it to the latest BIOS.

    Intel BOXDH57DD LGA 1156 Intel H57 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  5. Yeah that might be a good idea, considering that MB supports different raid configs for the HDD's.
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