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24/7 File Server/General Use Computer

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November 14, 2011 11:57:52 AM

Hey guys! I have an old P4 photo server that I am looking to repalce. The sata onboard ports are dead and I am using a PCI card (non-express) and only getting about 30mb/s transfer over a verified gigabit network. Low power consumption is more important than processing power for this new build.

So, I was hoping people would be able to review this and give me input. I will be running it 24/7, want it near silent as the only place I have for it is in my bedroom.

This is my current machine.



This is what I am thinking, inside a Fractal Define Mini case.


Yes I know the SSD is a little overkill, however I want to run it as a backup to my workstation incase it goes offline (I am a photographer that uses photoshop/lightroom a lot.

Here is an overview of the parts.

Intel G620
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Asus P8H67-M LE
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec Earthwatts 380W PSU
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Crucial M4 64GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Any cheap 4gb RAM.

Any cheap OEM dvd drive.

Anything you would change?
November 16, 2011 12:14:01 PM

Just wondering if anyone has input? Especially with the processor chosen.
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November 16, 2011 12:37:28 PM

Here's a cheaper alternative

80+ Bronze PSU from Seasonic

SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Brazos platform seems ideal for such use. The next motherboard has everything essential for a file server (5 SATA III, eSATA III, Gigabit LAN & USB III), it has very low power consumption and it has passive heatsink for silent operation while staying cool ;) 

ASUS E35M1-M PRO Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB Kit from Mushkin

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996586
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A Patriot SSD with tons of IOPS

Patriot Pyro PP60GS25SSDR 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 16, 2011 12:43:56 PM

Thanks!

Only thing I am concerned about is I also want this as a backup to my workstation.

Needs to run Adobe Creative Suite 5 and Lightroom 3. This is why I went the 1155 way.

For my needs (24/7 server with decent processing ability) is my build good? I was originally looking at an i3 2100 but thought it was overkill for what I needed. Just want a lower power draw computer that is also good enough to run the listed programs fine. I dont beleive the E-350 will. Also runs rather warm, I will be running it in a Fractal Define Mini with only 2 fans so worried about head in that instance.
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November 16, 2011 12:45:22 PM

crazyfoo88 said:
Thanks!

Only thing I am concerned about is I also want this as a backup to my workstation.

Needs to run Adobe Creative Suite 5 and Lightroom 3. This is why I went the 1155 way.

For my needs (24/7 server with decent processing ability) is my build good? I was originally looking at an i3 2100 but thought it was overkill for what I needed. Just want a lower power draw computer that is also good enough to run the listed programs fine. I dont beleive the E-350 will. Also runs rather warm, I will be running it in a Fractal Define Mini with only 2 fans so worried about head in that instance.


Neither Intel's Dual Core will....
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November 16, 2011 1:05:13 PM

I've used CS5 on the i3 2100 and it has worked awesome. I'm not running filters most of the time, just resizing and manipulating. Looking at the specs of the G620, it just is slower and lacks hyperthreading. Am I right?
michxymi said:
Neither Intel's Dual Core will....

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