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I'm looking to make a very small Home server. I have very limited knowledge about servers but i have no problem with building a standard gaming PC.
I'm not too sure of what to look for when creating a server build.

I'm making this server so I can:
-Transfer Data from PC to PC in my home. Music, Videos, Files, etc.
-Prioritize my Downloads. Have all torrents directed to the server.
-Regular backups from multiple computers.
-Other? I dont know everyhting i can do with a home server yet lol

i will be having 6 computers accessing this at any given time.

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100T
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...G-_-19-115-078

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-H67N-USB3-B3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813128484

PSU:???

HDD: WD Caviar Green 2TB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16822136514

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 7-7-7-21
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820231276

Case: ???

Im not sure if that CPU will be the best for me. Nor do i know what size PSU i would need. I would assume not much at all.

Please Revise my list as you see fit.
    
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Smallest possible? PlugPC: http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/c-8-d2plug.aspx
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Only 1 drive in? Not much point is there, I just want to verify 1 drive before people make recomendations...
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post #4 of 11
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Jeeze you guys are so critical... lol

I'm making it as small as possible for my needs, not trying to break any records here.

As for the drives. No I'm not limited to one. I just thought 2TB would be enough. Like i said totally open to suggestions
Edited by Daris1015 - 8/12/11 at 10:49pm
    
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Well, with drives for servers, it is better for a separate smaller drive for the OS and then at least 2 drives for storage (redundancy with RAID or other drive duplication programs).\\

For the PSU, look at the Corsair CX430, $20 AR and code
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post #6 of 11
I setup a HP mirco server there 2 weeks ago for a client and I thought it was a neet server and quiet too. It is pretty fast too.
It also doesnt break the bank
post #7 of 11
Microserver would be my recommendation for lower drive counts - can't beat the price & the form factor, and the power consumption for the performance is pretty good too.

For 1 or 2 disks I wouldn't bother with the power of an i3 etc either.
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Originally Posted by Daris1015 View Post
Jeeze you guys are so critical... lol

I'm making it as small as possible for my needs, not trying to break any records here.

As for the drives. No I'm not limited to one. I just thought 2TB would be enough. Like i said totally open to suggestions
Well... you did say smallest possible... and the Plug PC can do everything you need.


However, the i3 is more power than you need. Do you want expandability? mITX cases tend to support only 1-3 drives. If you want more, you'll end up with a mATX case anyways.

The only exception is the Fractal Array R2. It is a mITX case with room for 6 3.5" and 1 2.5" drives: http://fractal-design.com/?view=prod...gory=2&prod=42
Edited by DuckieHo - 8/13/11 at 7:00am
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For your needs I'd look into a Intel Atom or AMD Fusion setup with 4 sata ports for expandability in the future if needed.One of these setups can cost less than your cpu by itself.What are you using for the OS? Amahi(free)and WHS are great.

MOBO's:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...-CPU-VGA-Combo

Case: This one is good for home-servers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112265

PSU: (has 4 sata connectors)DuckieHo has a good suggestion,that would take care of case & psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151085

More wattage alternative:




The ram is your choice but,I'd make sure if you go Atom or Fusion that it's on the QVL first.
 
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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Do you want expandability? mITX cases tend to support only 1-3 drives. If you want more, you'll end up with a mATX case anyways.

The only exception is the Fractal Array R2. It is a mITX case with room for 6 3.5" and 1 2.5" drives: http://fractal-design.com/?view=prod...gory=2&prod=42
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112266

This case is mITX and supports up to 6 drives. I built my old man a RAID-10 server with four hard drives and the same i3 processor. It's definitely overkill, but the thing is damn quiet and cool.

I would highly recommend that case, as well as the seasonic 400W fanless PSU. That thing is money.

As a side note, grab a Highpoint rocketraid card if you plan do do any sort of RAID setup. I recommend RAID-10 for the speed and redundancy, however this adds cost.
Edited by Doodlebro - 8/13/11 at 12:45pm
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