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So I'm thinking of building a dedicated Minecraft server (for real this time biggrin.gif maybe) now that I've been running one for most of this year and have a better idea on what's needed. Right now my desktop is the server and this is a problem because there are automatic backup and map image generation scripts that always pop up and interrupt me, I can't ever shut my PC down, and I can't mess with my overclock or other settings.

I want the server to be Mini-ITX and low-power just to save power and space. It needs to run Minecraft, TeamSpeak, and host one or two PNG images on the web. My player base is fewer than 10 people (just friends and family) so I'm not too concerned about computing power.

I don't really have a set budget at this point, but I'd prefer < $400.

Here's my wish list:

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And links to the items:

Additional Questions:
I have no experience with Mini-ITX systems. How good is the Antec ISK 100 case? I picked it because it's really small and comes with a laptop-style power supply which I hear are more efficient than typical PSUs. Any other cases I should consider?

I selected the i3 2100T since it's a 35-watt CPU, to cut down on power bills and stay well within the power supply's limit. (Also, the Minecraft server is largely single-threaded so I'm not worried about core count.) I don't forsee any bottlenecks since we have so few players, but this i3 might still be overkill. What about the Sandy Bridge Pentium Dual-Core G620T?

I plan to use Linux as the OS. What distro should I use? CentOS or something else? I'm barely familiar with Linux so I don't know much about distros.

Any SSD's I should consider instead of the WD Scorpio Black? I don't need too much space, our current SMP world + 30 days worth of daily backups doesn't even use a gigabyte of storage. And of course the OS needs to fit.
post #2 of 5
The Antec ISK is a decent case. Could also look at their ISK-310 ones, little bit longer case
Other choice is Silverstone Sugo 05 or 06, but those come with 300W PSUs which maybe too much.
Also check the Habey 600/800 series : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811321015 ; these are pretty small. I used a 600S for awhile, it's little warmer in the case since it doesn't come with fans but it's a pretty small form factor (i'm selling it cause I need room for PCIe card)
You could use a PicPSU with your setup and pick any small case with or without PSU, but that adds the cost of separate PSU.

I would stick with i3 2100T

I haven't heard of that RAM, this GSkill is $5 more and comes with 4GB flash drive :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

CentOS is a good choice, you could pretty much try out different Linux distros and see which you are comfortable using.

a 64GB Crucial M4 or C300 is going to be $110ish(fluctuates with sales) probably don't need 64GB but those are good SSD; I think 32GB ones are $70-80
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I like that Habey case, cheaper than the Antec and it looks like it can fit a 3.5" hard drive so I could get a slightly cheaper drive if I wanted. The Antec looks like it has better cooling, but I'm not sure that matters much with a 35-watt CPU.

It says "Slim Mini-ITX" for motherboard compatibility. Is that any different than "normal" Mini-ITX?
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If you're looking at the Habey 600, they will not fit a 3.5" drive in any way shape or form, I barely was able to fit a 2.5 SSD. When it says slim, it's mainly the height restriction on coolers, the stock i3 2100T will fit though, that's been confirmed with other people. I used a supermicro atom board and that fit well, I've seen Giada atom/Zacate slim height mini ITX boards and those would fit easily. And realistically you will only fit 1 2.5" drive in there since a second drive will probably hit the heatsinks

The Habey 800 will give you more room to work with, but I have no personal experience with them to see how things fit inside. Looking at other people's responses, it looks like 3.5" will fit especially if you don't use the slim drive.

And I would get a 50mm fan to use, just for a little airflow.
Edited by Jonowxeno - 7/28/11 at 3:52pm
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Got more questions.

Can that Habey 600 case fit a low-profile expansion card? I'm thinking of adding an 802.11n wireless card just for convenience.

Can someone recommend any PCI-Express or USB 802.11 g/n adapters that play nicely with CentOS?

[Edit]
NVM, I answered my own questions.
Edited by mott555 - 8/1/11 at 10:12am
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