Cheap Server Build

I am looking to make a cheap server for mainly test / practice reasons for my programming and file sharing / downloads and whatever else i can think of to turn this server into, mainly low importance stuff.

my current parts are as follows:

I would like to keep it at 1000$ or less.

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core $199.98
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper N520 43.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing $35.99
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 $115.99
Memory Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $34.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM $95.98
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB $299.99
Sound Card Creative Labs Audigy SE $24.99
Case Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower $44.98
Power Supply Antec 550W ATX12V $59.98
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $15.99

Total: $928.86
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  1. If you're using it as a SERVER and not for gaming... Drop the 660ti and just use the intel4000 Graphics. That'll be more than enough. Also look at more ram. Also, drop the sound Card..
  2. Thank you, do the parts look ok otherwise? like the case and power supply and disk drive and motherboard? i wasnt sure what type of motherboard to get and i favor asus brands so i chose that one.

    and the intel4000 graphics, is that a card or onboard graphics through the motherboard?
  3. Drop that processor and motherboard and get these:

    Intel Xeon E3-1230 Sandy Bridge 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 80W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80623E31230

    SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard

    *EDIT: I saw that you favored ASUS brands, but this is quite inexpensive and reliable.
    PS: Weak video. In 32 bit, you can only get 1280x1024. (customer review)

    Get 16gigs of ram, it will be enough.
    Drop the 2TB HDD to 1TB.
    Get a cheapo~ GPU (since the lack of integrated graphics...):

    PNY VCGGT640XPB GeForce GT 640 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  4. Best answer
    thats the onboard graphics.

    again, assuming a SERVER, and not a gaming machine, here's my suggestion:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec SONATA III 500 ATX Mid Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($127.76 @ Amazon)
    Total: $931.23
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 07:13 EDT-0400)

    3TB of storage plus an SSD for boot/main files, an i7 for hyperthreading, 32 GB of RAM. and a ridiculous deal on the case and CPU (that's going to be my case suggestion for everything as long as that deal lasts. Antec Sonata and 500 W PSU for $10? YES Please!
  5. Im looking at those parts now, why the drop from 2TB to 1TB? the 2TB is 98$ and the 1TB is roughly the same for what i can see.
  6. Wow that is an amazing deal and the case is nice and shiny :)
  7. Oh um what is the difference between a Xeon quad core and an i7 quad core, i know what hyper threading does but how much is the difference and what is the benefits between the two processors ?
  8. the xeon is better at multitasking than the i7, being built for it. also the xeon uses ecc memory
  9. ah, so it would be a better choice?
  10. Oh and i chose the 2500k because i was planning on overclocking it for performance boost. Are Xeons overclockable or a 3770k as chosen earlier, are those in comparison better?
  11. the 2500K is sandy bridge, 4 cores, 4 threads. the Xeon E-1230 is 4 cores, 8 threads, also sandy bridge. the 3770 is 4 cores, 8 threads, and ivy bridge -- lower power usage and a little better all around than sandy bridge.
  12. Best answer selected by treven.
  13. That case deal would be great but it's "sold out"...
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