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January 16, 2013 7:16:56 PM

Greetings all. After repeatedly running across this forum as I looked for answers to the many questions I have about building a home server, I decided that I could probably beneft by asking more direct questions here.

That being said, here is my current situation:

GOAL: A homeserver for file back-up and a repository for media files. The server will run itunes utilitzing iHomeshare for use with an Apple TV 3. Would like the flexibility to potentially convert to a full fledged media server if I decide to switch away from the ATV3 to a system running XBMC, etc. I'd like to keep costs to app. $500-600.

Below is what I've cobbled together from my perusal of several sources on the web:

1x Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
1x GIGABYTE GA-Z77N-WIFI LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
1x Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
1x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
1x RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
1x Western Digital WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
2x Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
1x Windows Home Server 2011.

As currently configured, the total is $820. My central question is: is there anything I can reduce to bring costs more inline with my budget with impacting performance or the potential to convert to a full fledged Media Server?

Thanks in advance for what I'm sure will be tons of knowledge to educate me.


Mitch
January 16, 2013 8:16:04 PM

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1x RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply


No bueno - one of the absolute worst power supplies on the market you could buy. You don't really need that much to power a file server, maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G870 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GT 620 1GB Video Card ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $552.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 17:15 EST-0500)
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January 17, 2013 4:18:21 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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1x RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply


No bueno - one of the absolute worst power supplies on the market you could buy. You don't really need that much to power a file server, maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G870 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GT 620 1GB Video Card ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $552.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 17:15 EST-0500)


Good to know. Thanks.

Based on your suggestions as well as doing additional poking around here on the sight, I've made the following modifications to the proposed build:

MoBo: ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Pentium G870 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
PS: FSP Group FSP220-60LE(80) 220W Mini ITX/ Flex ATX 80 PLUS Certified
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
OS HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WDBAAX5000ENC-NRSN 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Storage HDD: 2xWestern Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Thoughts?
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January 17, 2013 4:37:56 PM

USCMitch said:
Good to know. Thanks.

Based on your suggestions as well as doing additional poking around here on the sight, I've made the following modifications to the proposed build:

MoBo: ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Pentium G870 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
PS: FSP Group FSP220-60LE(80) 220W Mini ITX/ Flex ATX 80 PLUS Certified
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
OS HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WDBAAX5000ENC-NRSN 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Storage HDD: 2xWestern Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Thoughts?


Power supply is still not that great - you need something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 17, 2013 5:02:36 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Power supply is still not that great - you need something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I will defer to your knowledge on the issue, but the basis for going with the FSP PS was that it "seemed" to be one of the better ones that would fit in the ITX form factor. Again, I'm a total noob, so I could be missing something.
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January 17, 2013 9:25:58 PM

Nothing else? Anyone?

Thanks in advance.
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January 18, 2013 3:27:52 AM

USCMitch said:
I will defer to your knowledge on the issue, but the basis for going with the FSP PS was that it "seemed" to be one of the better ones that would fit in the ITX form factor. Again, I'm a total noob, so I could be missing something.


Are you set on ITX? ITX builds can be really tricky to get right because of the airflow. If you go with an mATX tower that would probably be more ideal for your situation.
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January 18, 2013 3:44:31 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Are you set on ITX? ITX builds can be really tricky to get right because of the airflow. If you go with an mATX tower that would probably be more ideal for your situation.


That was one of my concerns (well, after the concern of if all of my components were actually compatible). I think I'm going to have to take the risk since it will be going in the living room and the wife isn't too keen on me adding yet another box to the entertainment center. The ITX has such a small form factor I was able to sell its unobtrusiveness. But to be honest, working in that small a space for a first time build is a little intimidating.

This is one of the reasons why I tried to keep the initial components as simple as possible. Just the HDDs and the MoBo. I'm hoping that this will make it a little easier for me. Fingers crossed.

Also, let me just say thanks for taking the time to respond. I really do appreciate the help even though I'm sure it appears as if I'm being a stubborn ass and refusing to take advice. You're definitely helping in expectations management.
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