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I need suggestions for the following hardware:

CPU
Motherboard with support for DDR3 RAM
PSU

I have everything else.

This will be a 24/7 file/FTP/web/printer/etc server. I am on a super tight budget of <$150 or preferrably <$100. I considered an Atom build with an integrated CPU/motherboard because, after all, it won't be tasked very heavily.

I'm open to all suggestions.
post #2 of 6
CPU/Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131732

I don't know much about Mini ITX PSUs to comment, but that combo for CPU/mobo should be more than sufficient. Easily handle file serves and most low-intensity website tasks - not sure how it would handle moderate SQL queries though. Plus, ASUS quality is always great smile.gif.
    
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I literally just built an NAS just the G530 + a cheap gigabyte motherboard. The g530 was $48 and the motherboard was $70 which is about $130. In terms of cost there really isn't anything cheaper, even comparable atom/bobcat boards are more expensive. If you want to save a bit of money you can cut that down to a single core $38 g440 (though to be honest I think the $10 is worth it.) The low end sandy bridge cpus perform extremely well. They're performance is far better than atoms or bobcats and they're power consumption is about the same. In addition these boards also support dual channel ddr3 ram which was a big plus over any of the bobcat or atom boards. Having an atom netbook I would never get something with that level of performance again. I strongly suggest you check you celeron for your server.

Here is a review showing the performance and power consumption.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/celeron-g540-g440_8.html#sect0

For your PSU get a good name brand on sale from somewhere like NCIX (on their weekly sales.) or newegg. I doubt you'll be able to go under $30-$40 for something decent. Seasonic has a 380 watt PSU that's quite cheap (I can't link you on newegg because the site is down atm.)
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post #4 of 6
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After reviewing both of the suggested items I am more lenient toward the APU option.

However, I just stumbled upon a Phenom II X2 560 and MSI NF725GM-P43 board combo deal for $88 which I think is more worth the dollar.

Now I need suggestions on a PSU. I am on a tight budget but at the same time I need something that that is reliable and stable for 24/7 usage. However, this system will be idle 99.9% the time and I don't expect it to draw much power at all.
post #5 of 6
Too bad I did not see this yesterday, Newegg had a AM3 board for $25 AR (this one). It is now $40 AR.
I got it plus a Sempron 140 from the FS section here for $25, so total of $50.

HERE is a deal in the FS section for a 140 for $30 and AM3 board for $35 that would work very well for a server.

For the PSU, keep an eye out for sales, the Corsair CX430 goes on sale for ~$20 AR about once a month, as well as some Antec PSU's
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Samsung  Samsung DVD-RW  Samsung DVD-RW  Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
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atom/mobo combo would be perfect, used alot in pre built NAS servers such as mine thumb.gif
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Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
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Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
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1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
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