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November 14, 2012 1:40:10 PM

I'm trying to get some help building a home server. Something to store all my movies/music in one place and be able to stream to any of my tv's/devices around my place. Being able to stream youtube or any other media sites from the server computer to the tv would be awesome if dueable.

Im trying to make this as cheap as possible and purchase as soon as possible. I will not be gaming on this computer. Its only purpose will be storage. Only time i will interact with it i guess is to put more dvd movies onto it or music, and of course streaming movies from it.

I'm incredibly new when it comes to home servers. I have built my own computers and such in the past but never made a server computer so any tips/help would be awesome and appreciated.

Here is what I was suggested to buy for the desktop. Keep in mind I want this thing to be as cheap as possible. And able to add storage in the future.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nt6a
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nt6a/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nt6a/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Celeron G530 2.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.76 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY Optima 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($18.10 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($158.20 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $346.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 16:04 EST-0500)


Is there a cheaper method? Do i need more? Please let me know i'll be on this forum for most of the morning. Thank you.
November 14, 2012 6:21:08 PM

That all looks fine. I'm not too keen on that power supply - you may want to invest a bit more in it. Try the Antec Earthwatts E380, or the Seasonic S12 II 430W, or the Corsair Builder Series CX430. Those would all be better choices in the <=$50 range.

Alternately for CPU choice - if the server is going to handle a lot of people connecting to it, you may want to get a Phenom II X3 or an A6-5600K.
November 16, 2012 12:40:11 PM

Well for now the server is just going to run maybe like 2 people on it. Also I have a hardware update. I found 2 old components I had from a prev build

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Maybe someone can modify a build around those pieces for a better/cheaper build? Or should i buy new stuff? Thanks again
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November 16, 2012 5:14:03 PM

Darkjello7769 said:
Well for now the server is just going to run maybe like 2 people on it. Also I have a hardware update. I found 2 old components I had from a prev build

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Maybe someone can modify a build around those pieces for a better/cheaper build? Or should i buy new stuff? Thanks again


Yeah you can definitely reuse those. What is your budget?
January 11, 2013 12:21:51 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Yeah you can definitely reuse those. What is your budget?


Sorry its been so long. I had some family issues arise and havent been able to continue this project until now. So here is where im at atm. I want to buy asap.

Here is the parts that I already have in my house to use.

Mobo: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131701

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341018

Here is what ive come up with so far. Im open to change.

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)

Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Microcenter)

Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)

My budget is around 350-400. That doesnt inculde the storage really. Only includes the 1x 2tb.
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