I would like to use server parts but I only have a budget of $600. I'm leaning towards using the Xeon E-3 1220, it uses the LGA 1155 socket, but I'm open to other options. Trying to decide on a mother board as well.
For now, I'm going to be building a file server, but I would like it to be upgradable enough to were I can use it for web hosting later on, when I can put more money into it, and add more servers. I guess the form factor will depend on the case I chose. I would like to find one with hotswap drives.
I'm not sure it can be done on a 1U using all server parts for $600. You may have to make some compromises with the hardware - hot swap hard drives are incredibly expensive. This is the best I was able to come up with:
I realize this thread is 2 years old, but this is to anyone else who comes across it:
Don't build a server. Go on eBay, Craigslist, or www.servermonkey.com (which is probably the best for you, seeing as you want to configure your server) - server parts are very expensive, and it's extremely hard to build 1U machines as they are comprised of custom parts. Think of 1U servers like Apple computers - they're well fitted together, and all the parts are non-standard.
Personally, I've had great experience with Craigslist. You don't get to configure your machine, but you also don't have to pay for shipping. ServerMonkey allows you to configure, but you pay a little more and still have to pay for shipping. Go to ServerMonkey.
Hope this helps.
Disclaimer: I don't work for ServerMonkey, I'm just a loyal customer of theirs.