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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128457


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

    XFX Core Edition PRO450W (P1-450S-XXB9) 450W 6 SATA connectors $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207012

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $55 free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
  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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121415
  5. Yeah that might be a good idea, considering that MB supports different raid configs for the HDD's.
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