I am building a WHS 2011 box for backing up our client PCs, as well as eventually serving media files for my HTPC (I'll build teh HTPC later in the future). Can you guys check my specs and make sure I'm not overlooking anything before I purchase?
All total it should be about $487.92. What do you guys think?
You can definitely ditch the extra case fans - on a micro ATX build they will be pretty worthless.
The thing is it does not take much to power a file / client server - but I would really hesitate to recommend a motherboard with a built-in CPU. If something goes wrong AMD won't replace it and they'll recommend you go through your motherboard manufacturer (who will recommend you go through AMD... ) but it would really help to buy the two items separately. The Llano isn't really made for file servers though - its' primary market is HTPCs. You can certainly use it for a file server but if you're going to have 10 - 20 clients logging onto it at all times you might want to look at getting something a bit more powerful - maybe switch to a tri-core Athlon X3 and run the video off the built-in on the motherboard.
What's the differences in the processors you guys just picked out, and the one that's included in the board I picked? My big concern was Price, then performance. Keep in mind this is primarily for file backup/storage and media serving. I most likely won't be doing any media processing or intensive applications at all (those are done on my client pc's). However, if these are a TON better for just $40 more- than maybe I'll do that...
The motherboard/CPU combos are not reliable and you can;t go to AMD wioth probs. The processor I picked is an Intel SB, it will outperform the LLano and you won;t need graphics anyway. I don;t think you need USB 3.0. BAsically use this CPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and find a S1155 Micro-ATX board with whatevs specs you want.