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I have been wanting to build a home server for a while now that would hold all of my files as a backup and then have them backup online to CrashPlan. I have some old components leftover from my previous build. Would it be worth it to try to sell these and build a new, lower power server?

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EVGA 680i LT SLi
4GB Corsair Dominator DDR2
74GB Raptor
150GB Raptor
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I'm an IT college student so I would like to run some virtualization as well to just play around with, but I guess it's not an absolutely necessity. Also, with being a college student, I would like to keep my budget low (no real set budget but let's say around $500ish).

Why I haven't already used the components that I have is mainly because I just don't think I trust my data anymore with the 680i chipset. It definitely hasn't been the most reliable of chipsets.
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I'd get rid of one of those raptors, and the video card. Keep 1 raptor for OS. Even with virtualization, onboard video will be fine. You will want to upgrade ram, and I would use WHSv2 for your OS so you can utilize more than 4GB ram.
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I would have to get a new motherboard then as the 680i doesn't have onboard video. At that point, I may as well start from scratch. Since the PSU is about 4 years old, should I look into replacing that as well?
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having a good PSU is essential for having the server up and running as smooth as you can.
if the psu blows the motherboard and other parts can go as well
    
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That PSU should be fine, although pretty inefficient unless you run the GPU.

If you'll be folding then keep the GPU, otherwise sell it and the PSU.

The CPU is fine, and a decent choice for virtualisation. Not really worth replacing. RAM also isn't worth upgrading unless you really need it for your VMs - what are you intending to run?

Sell your board and buy a cheap G41 or similar on eBay. Nice and reliable, cheap as chips.
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RAM also isn't worth upgrading unless you really need it for your VMs - what are you intending to run?

Sell your board and buy a cheap G41 or similar on eBay. Nice and reliable, cheap as chips.
I'm honestly not sure. I would like to have something that I could gain some experience with just messing around and whatnot with a server-like environment.
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If you're doing a fileserver build, I would definitely recommend Linux over WHS, especially if you plan to do a RAID-5 or similar in the future.
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I'm honestly not sure. I would like to have something that I could gain some experience with just messing around and whatnot with a server-like environment.
Not sure about what? Any hardware can be used for a server and you can gain your experience. You don't need a monster system nor enterprise-grade hardware to put together a collection of VMs. If you don't trust your current board you should replace it before it proves you right.
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Yeah it is a bit overkill for something such as WHS. If you were only using the OS for the file server side of things then I'd recommend a machine with much lower power consumption, that's if you plan to run it 24/7.

With a system such as that you'd be better putting on something such as Server 2008/2008 R2 which would also give you the use of Hyper-V for virtulisation.

Another option would be to add another 4GB of RAM, a couple of Intel PRO/1000 GT NIC's and run VMware ESXi. There you have the ability to host several virtual machines on the one box.
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Not sure about what? Any hardware can be used for a server and you can gain your experience. You don't need a monster system nor enterprise-grade hardware to put together a collection of VMs. If you don't trust your current board you should replace it before it proves you right.
Not sure about what VMs I would run.

I realize that I can use any hardware for a server. I was curious if it would be better for me to sell what I have and get hardware that would run more efficiently as a server rather than having a gaming GPU, a potentially sketchy motherboard, etc.

I already own WHS v1. Would it be advisable to run it as a VM on something like VMware ESXi, as Mitchell suggested, among the others? I would like to have it mainly as a backup solution. I would likely have the files under the whole duplication setup of WHS.
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