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October 18, 2011 2:09:44 PM

I would like to build my own 1U rack server. Are there any guides available that are up to date?

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2011 10:02:15 PM

I'm not sure on rack servers, but looking on newegg, they seem to take ITX, micro-ATX, or ATX motherboards, which are you looking to use?

do you want to just use desktop parts, or do you want to go up to server parts (Opteron or Xeon?)
October 26, 2011 12:35:09 PM

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.

any help or advice is greatly appreciated.
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a c 100 B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2011 5:11:24 PM

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:

Case / PSU: Athena Power RM-1U102ITX20 Black 1.2mm Steel 1U Rackmount Server Case - $99.99
Motherboard: Intel S1200BTL ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C204 DDR3 1066/1333 DIMM - $212.99
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1245 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80623E31245 - $279.99
RAM: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) ECC Registered Server Memory Model CT2KIT51272BB1339 - $159.99
HD: HP 454146-S21 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - - $299.99

Total: $1052
April 15, 2013 5:30:37 PM

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 (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.