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I have a copy of Windows Home Server 64 Bit 2011. The problem is I installed in on my old Althlon 64 3200+ with 2 GB of memory and it runs very, very slow. From that build, I think the hard drive, optical drive, and power supply is fine (cheapo 500 watt from many years back....I know, I know, don't skimp on power supply. Anyway, I think I can get by with a cheap CPU/RAM/Mobo combo. Here's what I've come up with. Let me know what you think. Also, looks like I can do better at Tiger than Newegg by a good margin.

CPU: Intel Celeron G530 - Dual Core 2 MB L3 Cache, 512KB, L2 Cache 2.40 GHz - $49.99
Mobo: MSI H67MS-E33 (B3) Intel H67 Micro ATX - $64.99 before $30 mail-in rebate
RAM: 2 sticks of Crucial CT25664BA1399 2 GB PC 10600 DDR3 (4 GB Total) - $25.98

Total Cost: $140.96
Rebate: $30.00
Final Cost: $110.96

I thought about looking for last generation stuff or used stuff or AMD stuff, but for the purpose of the build, I think this is hard to beat. What do you guys think?
Edited by breenemeister - 12/5/11 at 2:22pm
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It's pretty good, but you eventually have to replace that power supply. I got a CX430 from Corsair for only $17.99 and it's great in my server.

If you want to go cheaper, look for a AMD X2 combo at the marketplace.
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Do you plan on doing any transcoding?
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Do you plan on doing any transcoding?

No, just back ups and maybe media storage. My sig rig is for actual everyday use. The Homeserver will be mostly idle except for when backups are going on. It's almost a hard sell for me to even spend $100 on that.

Edit: Should I be looking at transcoding? Like ripping DVDs for streaming that kind of thing?
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No, just back ups and maybe media storage. My sig rig is for actual everyday use. The Homeserver will be mostly idle except for when backups are going on. It's almost a hard sell for me to even spend $100 on that.
Edit: Should I be looking at transcoding? Like ripping DVDs for streaming that kind of thing?


Transcoding is when you convert file formats on-the-fly. Think like streaming movies to cellphones or consoles from your server.
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Transcoding is when you convert file formats on-the-fly. Think like streaming movies to cellphones or consoles from your server.

Well, right now, I'm wireless to the TV, Tivo, and PS3, so probably not at the moment. I may be wired in the future though. However, my sig rig and my wifes (i7-930) would both be very capable for transcoding anyway and the whole point of this is cheap backup. Do you do any transcoding from a Windows Home Server?
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I've done some research and see that the Celeron G530 has a WEI score around 6.3. Would this handle all the heavy lifting of transcoding in WHS? According to WHS, anything above 6.0 is capable of streaming high quality video. What do you think?

Also, I was thinking of saving a little money on the RAM and just buying a single 4 GB stick instead of 2x2GB. This would also give me the flexibility to add more in the future if the machine is re-purposed or whatever. Do you think going down to single channel memory will be a problem?

I actually have it all up an running on the Athlon 64 3200+ and it's not bad. It was a real pain finding a video card drivers that would work with a 9600XT. I had to go down to Catalyst version 7.12! Apparently, the WEI score should be somewhere around 4 for this processor, limiting video streaming options. I may not need to buy anything if I never worry about streaming.
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Bump for single channel memory question.
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Last bump before I give up on an answer. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me on single channel memory. vs. dual channel memory.
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The single 4 GB stick would probably be a better option. The only reason web servers and such eat up a ton of memory is because of all of the active connections/threads on the server. For a home network I doubt you even need that much, for basicly swapping files from and to the server machine you could use 128 MB of sd-ram if you wanted, and it wouldn't make much of a difference over 4 GB of DDR3. Tho if you ever plan on using it to actually host something you might of wished you had the extra slot to jump to 8 GB. For servers memory speed means nothing, its about the size and quantity.
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