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So, recently I have had the want to build a server for the house. Haven't had much xp with the server side of things so it will be a learning xp so forgive me if i ask some mindless things..

The purpose of the server would be to hold backups of my desktop/workstation, i use it strictly for gaming and programming. Id like to make backups of the section of my HDD that contains all my source code and books that way if something happens, it wont be lost. I know i could do this by adding another HDD to my rig but id rather not. Also, the server will hold all my movies, music and what ever else i feel needed so anyone on the network can get a hold of the movies and music. I was hoping that I can upgrade my internet connection so my upload will be higher and host a vent and css server off it.

Money isn't a big deal but id like to keep the cost realistic and not mind blowing. Was thinking maybe single cpu with the capability to go to two if needed. No idea on the amount of storage space at the moment. I was thinking of getting a SSD for the OS? Don't know what OS i should run, i have very little linux xp but if its better for my needs then I'm willing to learn, just need to know which distro.

So, does anyone have ideas on the parts that would fit my needs/wants?

Thanks,
Madog
Edited by Madog - 11/4/11 at 5:16pm
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well pick up a bulldozer cpu and board grab a netwrok nic and throw a h100 in there... ssd is def the way to go for the os but wont make to much diffrence if everything is in an off drive anyways. As for os look into server 2008 its a great system with loads fo features
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well pick up a bulldozer cpu and board grab a netwrok nic and throw a h100 in there... ssd is def the way to go for the os but wont make to much diffrence if everything is in an off drive anyways. As for os look into server 2008 its a great system with loads fo features
SSD is pointless for a server. A server is supposed to stay "on", and the roles specified for the server in question don't require short access times; just the usual I-need-large-storage.

Bunch of mainstream drives in a RAID configuration for redundancy against hardware failure would be the way to go.

Dual-socket configuration is pointless these days for the requirements specified. CPU resources is usually the very last resource used up. A mainstream multi-thread processor would be more than enough. Even a Core i3 (dual core + hyperthreading) would be sufficient.

On an Intel platform, pick any motherboard that has Intel ICHxR RAID would be sufficient, and make sure it has gigabit ethernet. 4GB RAM would be enough, but RAM prices make 8GB more than feasible.
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have you thought about a nas server? find one that supports raid and you'll be fine, probably run you ~$300, possibly more if you need to buy drives. RAID 5 would benefit you the most if your gonna stream movies/music/etc. Also, if your up for it, look into a FreeNaS/ZFS setup on a standard desktop. Windows XP will even work. no need to go all out for a device that's just gonna hold files.

From a security standpoint, keep your personal files away from anything you will be using to host css and vent. you'd probably wanna dedicate a separate system for this activity.
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+1 on the NAS idea, no point building a server for basic file storage.
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+1 on the NAS idea, no point building a server for basic file storage.
He will learn a lot more using a server, though. That's the way I see it anyways...
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Thanks for the suggestions. Any programs that i should look into for backing up part? Looking at using Linux, figured it was time i gave it try but might go to Windows Server if I don't like it.
Gonna slap my spare E8400, 3GB RAM, 3x HDD total 4TB together and hard wire it into the network. Should get the job done, no? Maybe even push all the video trans coding onto it.
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