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July 9, 2012 7:23:06 AM

This will be my first ever home built computer. I want to build a home server for a personal project I am currently working on. The project doesn't require a huge amount of power so I'm attempting to build a super cheap home server.

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Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: ~ >500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: home server for a webpage idea.

Parts Not Required: graphics card

Monitor Resolution: 1280x800

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Here is my current parts list:

CPU: AMD Sempron 130 Sargas 2.6GHz Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Desktop Processor SDX130HBK12GM - OEM $29.99
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9/1G $10.00
Power: LOGISYS Computer PS480D 480W ATX12V Power Supply $12.99
Motherboard: Foxconn M61PMP-K AM3 NVIDIA MCP61P Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $44.99
Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower $29.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 69.99

total: 197.95

So my total came out to just less than $200. What do you think of my parts selection? I was going for the cheapest most barebones selection possible. Though, I am worried I may be missing something. I didn't include a fan because the case says in comes with one already. I also don't need a video card since the motherboard has a on-board chipset. I also figured I can install Linux through one of the usb ports on the motherboard, so I don't need a optimal drive.

Thanks if anyone can help.

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July 9, 2012 7:24:41 AM

Just checking, but, do you have the internet needed to host it?
July 9, 2012 8:14:57 AM

Processor: AMD A8-3870K APU with AMD Radeon 6550 HD Graphics 3.0GHz - $104.99
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1 AMD A75 - $103.99
Memory: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz - $49.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s - $84.98
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430-Watt 80 Plus - $43.99
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $28.99
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 Case - $37.04

Total: $453.97

All Parts Were Sourced From Amazon.com

Plenty more power for your money, this server will last you a couple of years, unlike that build you provided because in like 2-3 months, you $12.99 PSU will crock up and fry the rest of your components. I included a 1TB HDD but you can change that to whatever capacity you need/want.
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July 9, 2012 8:49:35 AM

u53rn4m3 said:
Just checking, but, do you have the internet needed to host it down?


What kind of question is that? :heink: 
July 9, 2012 2:06:12 PM

u53rn4m3 said:
Just checking, but, do you have the internet needed to host it down?


Yeah, there is an Ethernet jack on the motherboard. I don't think I'll go wireless, I don't think I want to anyway. I mean, do I need a network card or something? I not sure. (first timer here once again)
July 9, 2012 2:10:24 PM

santaclaws said:
Processor: AMD A8-3870K APU with AMD Radeon 6550 HD Graphics 3.0GHz - $104.99
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1 AMD A75 - $103.99
Memory: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz - $49.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s - $84.98
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430-Watt 80 Plus - $43.99
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $28.99
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 Case - $37.04

Total: $453.97

All Parts Were Sourced From Amazon.com

Plenty more power for your money, this server will last you a couple of years, unlike that build you provided because in like 2-3 months, you $12.99 PSU will crock up and fry the rest of your components. I included a 1TB HDD but you can change that to whatever capacity you need/want.


Thanks for the reply Santaclaws. Very helpful. So you're saying with my current build, it will fry and shut down after only 2-3 months. Would it only be because of the cheap powersupply?
July 9, 2012 3:15:08 PM

It's a bit exaggerated I'll admit that but I wouldn't last anywhere near as long as this build would.
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