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June 16, 2013 9:02:10 PM

Hello,
I am thinking of building a data storage home server soon. I am new to it so I am asking for your opinions on hardware or even software if you have something awesome to share. I was thinking of running Ubuntu for it. I decided to have a budget of maximum $500, with some wiggle room of $50. I am aiming for data integrate and security as my main points, performance isn’t a necessity. Here is the hardware I was thinking of having:
-Kingston ValueRAM 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9S/4G
-ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
-AMD Sempron 145 Sargas 2.8GHz Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Desktop Processor SDX145HBGMBOX
-EVGA 01G-P3-1526-KR GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
-Western Digital Red WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-Rosewill RD400-2-DB 400W ATX V2.2 Power Supply
-Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

P.S. The video card chosen is the cheapest I could find. I have no need for a powerful one at all; the motherboard has no integrated graphics, but is compatible with ECC unbuffered memory, which is why I chose it.
P.P.S. Already have monitor, mouse and keyboard.
Thanks for the help and advice. <3
June 16, 2013 9:30:37 PM

Low cost, low power, but capable of gaming/streaming/file serving:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6700 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($63.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($111.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $493.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 00:29 EDT-0400)
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June 17, 2013 9:33:09 AM

iknowhowtofixit said:
Low cost, low power, but capable of gaming/streaming/file serving:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6700 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($63.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($111.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $493.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 00:29 EDT-0400)


Thanks for the advice. The build I am going for is only going to be a file server. I'm not going to do any gaming on it. I travel often, so I need to access file that have no room on my laptop. I mainly want data integrity, hence the ECC Ram.
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June 17, 2013 12:28:24 PM

-Daisy- said:
iknowhowtofixit said:
Low cost, low power, but capable of gaming/streaming/file serving:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6700 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($63.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($111.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $493.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 00:29 EDT-0400)


Thanks for the advice. The build I am going for is only going to be a file server. I'm not going to do any gaming on it. I travel often, so I need to access file that have no room on my laptop. I mainly want data integrity, hence the ECC Ram.


You don't need a dedicated graphics card. An APU is perfect for a home file server. Also, ECC memory is completely unnecessary in this situation IMHO. The purpose of my build was to show you what you could do for $500. You could easily go with a dual core APU, 4GB of memory then grab a 3TB WD Red HDD and pick any microATX case you want and end up at around $400.
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