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Hi i'm planning on making a basic home server. Thing is i'm going back to school and i'm on a budget. I would also like to make it a small as possible so i can keep it in my room.

We will be using this server for:
- Backups
- Music
- Recorded TV shows.

If anyone could help get me started with a few suggestions that would be awesome! Thanks in advance.
    
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where are you based?

In the UK, best bet is an HP Microserver - you won't get better for the money, as it gives you a nice low power, tiny footprint server with 4 hotswap drive bays for about £150 after rebate.

In the states or elsewhere it's a bit more expensive (as I believe there is no rebate offer currently).

Very tricky to build a budget ITX build though really - the cases are too expensive, and boards with decent NICs & enough SATA ports etc are rare & overpriced too.
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Like beast said the HP thing or perhaps a shuttle PC as they are relatively small and have 2-4 sata
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He could run a Zacate based WHS with a Lian Li PC-Q08. The case is a bit pricey, but the MB isn't right now (ASUS E35M1-I). pick up a 4GB stick of RAM (Corsair XMS3 4GB), a nice 80+ gold PSU (FSP Group 400W), 1-4 storage drives (Samsung EF4 2TB), an ODD drive (Sony Optiarc) and a nice fast, reliable, and silent OS drive (OCZ Agility 3). All for under $550+shipping to start with.
Good for anywhere from 2-8TBs to start, all the way up to 24TBs with a little more investment. And your still looking at a relatively small, nice looking case. If you really want to get into energy efficiency, you could even do away with the conventional PSU and power it via DC/DC adopter.
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Originally Posted by AMv8(1day) View Post
He could run a Zacate based WHS with a Lian Li PC-Q08. The case is a bit pricey, but the MB isn't right now (ASUS E35M1-I). pick up a 4GB stick of RAM (Corsair XMS3 4GB), a nice 80+ gold PSU (FSP Group 400W), 1-4 storage drives (Samsung EF4 2TB), an ODD drive (Sony Optiarc) and a nice fast, reliable, and silent OS drive (OCZ Agility 3). All for under $550+shipping to start with.
Good for anywhere from 2-8TBs to start, all the way up to 24TBs with a little more investment. And your still looking at a relatively small, nice looking case. If you really want to get into energy efficiency, you could even do away with the conventional PSU and power it via DC/DC adopter.
yeah - but the Microserver is $300 for all the important bits of that build...
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You could look into pogo plugs

Here is the ebay daily deal from buy.com

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Pogoplug...item5d300bfa14

You can attach 4 external hard drives though usb using a usb hub.
    
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Originally Posted by AMv8(1day) View Post
He could run a Zacate based WHS with a Lian Li PC-Q08. The case is a bit pricey, but the MB isn't right now (ASUS E35M1-I). pick up a 4GB stick of RAM (Corsair XMS3 4GB), a nice 80+ gold PSU (FSP Group 400W), 1-4 storage drives (Samsung EF4 2TB), an ODD drive (Sony Optiarc) and a nice fast, reliable, and silent OS drive (OCZ Agility 3). All for under $550+shipping to start with.
Good for anywhere from 2-8TBs to start, all the way up to 24TBs with a little more investment. And your still looking at a relatively small, nice looking case. If you really want to get into energy efficiency, you could even do away with the conventional PSU and power it via DC/DC adopter.
That is very similar to what I was thinking. A perfect match for Windows Home Server 2011, especially when paired with the Drive Bender add-on. It's a little more expensive than some options, but offers a lot of expandability.

Having a WHS box (the discontinued HP Mediasmart), I can say it's an excellent solution. Kudos.
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Yeah, I totally agree. It's a bit much for an initial investment. But the potential for expansion is pretty damn good and the energy consumption covers a nice sweet spot between bare bones NAS boxes and full fledged desktop power hog.
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I already have a case I can throw it all in. I also have left over ram from an old build. That mobo looks quite promising I'll pick that up for sure. As for the HDDs im not too sure about that yet. I have a extra Seagate 1TB might pick up another and put them in RAID1? (not sure which raid to use) then just keep adding drives as I get money.

Where will I see a performance boost with the SSD. Will it not effect my transfer rates since all my data will be on the HDD. I think I'd get that SSD for my sig rig before my server.
    
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No, it won't do anything for transfer rates, but it will be safer in terms of longevity, provide a lightening fast OS for local and remote interface, and help out with power consumption (0.5-2W vs 3-11W). As well as giving you a little more space for storage drives as long as you can find somewhere to tuck away a 2.5" drive. obviously its a bit of a nicety that you don't necessarily need, but considering how cheap 30-60 GB SSDs are getting? I drop SSDs in all of my builds these days (including my grandmothers latest comp). I actually plan on running a mini-PCIe based SSD as my OS drive for my home server to save myself a SATA port and space for more drives.
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