Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › Servers › Help me build a low power Server
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Help me build a low power Server

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
So I tried to make my HTPC into a server/gaming/htpc and it didn't quite work since the case it's just not built for it and having 7200rpm drives and a gaming card just brought too much heat.

Now I'm thinking of building a server with parts I already have or I could sell some of the stuff I have to buy whatever you guys recommend me.

What I want the server to do:
Stream videos through the network.
Back up computers
Data storage
At one point have a security cameras record video to it.


Parts I have already:
Phenom II 830 x4 2.8ghz
G.Skill Sniper 2x4GB DDR3 1600 DDR3 1.5v
Crucial Ballastix DDR3 2x2GB DDR3 1600 1.65v CL8
Asus 760G AM3+ Motherboard
Corsair 430CX v2 PSU
Antec Neo Eco 620w
4x2TB 7200rpm HDDs and some other small ones
Antec 300 Illusion Case
AM2 Athlon X2 3600+
Random AM2 motherboard
4x1GB Kingston DDR2
Blu ray drive or DVD drive

I plan to have this sever 24/7 so it would be great if I save some energy so if you guys recommend me a different cpu or any other piece of hardware I will try to sell what I got to get that instead. I'm also planning to install Windows Server 2008 R2 since I got it free through school. And If find a way to centralize the server in my bedroom I might use it to watch blu ray movies and browse the web.
Edited by Sodalink - 4/25/12 at 6:52pm
SC2 Phantom
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz  Asus P8P67 Pro Saphire 7950 3GB 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Temp slow hdd None Win7 Pro 64bit Asus 24 VE248H  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alien XFX 850 Silver 80 Plus NZXT Phantom Black Razer Darthbender 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake LED 
  hide details  
Reply
SC2 Phantom
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz  Asus P8P67 Pro Saphire 7950 3GB 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Temp slow hdd None Win7 Pro 64bit Asus 24 VE248H  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alien XFX 850 Silver 80 Plus NZXT Phantom Black Razer Darthbender 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake LED 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 6
You seem to have all the right pieces to work with - my suggestion is to go with:

AM2 Athlon X2 3600+
Asus 760G AM3+ Motherboard
G.Skill Sniper 2x4GB DDR3 1600 DDR3 1.5v
Corsair 430CX v2 PSU
4x2TB 7200rpm HDDs
Antec 300 Illusion Case
DVD drive

All you will really need from there is a small USB thumb drive, burn a copy of FreeNAS 8, load it onto the thumb drive, and then start running, you can stuff it away in a corner and let it run to its hearts content - under clock everything, shouldn't use too much power - just make sure that the motherboard has a gigabit lan connection otherwise you'll have to grab a nice networking card.

FreeNAS should do all the things that you describe (at least it does for me)

If one cares, this is my personal setup

Asus mITX 1155 board
Celeron G530 CPU
8GB DDR3 Samsung Low Voltage Memory
Lian-Li PC-Q25 Case
5X 2TB WD Greens
300W Enermax PSU
Rocket Raid 6GB/s card
4GB Kingston Thumb Drive

I get 110MB/s read 100MB/s write in Raid-Z, sits on top of the desk and is whisper quiet smile.gif
Edited by appleg33k85 - 4/25/12 at 7:03pm
The Laptop
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 2860QM AMD Radeon HD 6770M Corsair Vengence 1600MHz Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 
OSMonitor
Mac OS X 10.8 1680 x 1050 anti-glare high resolution  
  hide details  
Reply
The Laptop
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 2860QM AMD Radeon HD 6770M Corsair Vengence 1600MHz Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 
OSMonitor
Mac OS X 10.8 1680 x 1050 anti-glare high resolution  
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

You seem to have all the right pieces to work with - my suggestion is to go with:
AM2 Athlon X2 3600+
Asus 760G AM3+ Motherboard
G.Skill Sniper 2x4GB DDR3 1600 DDR3 1.5v
Corsair 430CX v2 PSU
4x2TB 7200rpm HDDs
Antec 300 Illusion Case
DVD drive
All you will really need from there is a small USB thumb drive, burn a copy of FreeNAS 8, load it onto the thumb drive, and then start running, you can stuff it away in a corner and let it run to its hearts content - under clock everything, shouldn't use too much power - just make sure that the motherboard has a gigabit lan connection otherwise you'll have to grab a nice networking card.
FreeNAS should do all the things that you describe (at least it does for me)
If one cares, this is my personal setup
Asus mITX 1155 board
Celeron G530 CPU
8GB DDR3 Samsung Low Voltage Memory
Lian-Li PC-Q25 Case
5X 2TB WD Greens
300W Enermax PSU
Rocket Raid 6GB/s card
4GB Kingston Thumb Drive
I get 110MB/s read 100MB/s write in Raid-Z, sits on top of the desk and is whisper quiet smile.gif

I was planning to use Server 2008 R2 since I got a free key and might need to install some software. The motherboard does have Gbit LAN, but I don't think it takes that AM2 3600+ cpu. And the Phenom II 830 is 95w so maybe you guys re commend me a nice lower power cpu?

Is there a big different in power usage between 5400rpm drives and 7200rpm drives? Also If I decide to add more HDDs could I mix them up?
SC2 Phantom
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz  Asus P8P67 Pro Saphire 7950 3GB 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Temp slow hdd None Win7 Pro 64bit Asus 24 VE248H  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alien XFX 850 Silver 80 Plus NZXT Phantom Black Razer Darthbender 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake LED 
  hide details  
Reply
SC2 Phantom
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz  Asus P8P67 Pro Saphire 7950 3GB 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Temp slow hdd None Win7 Pro 64bit Asus 24 VE248H  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alien XFX 850 Silver 80 Plus NZXT Phantom Black Razer Darthbender 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake LED 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 6
Not a big difference in power usage. If the drives are going to be in RAID, it's a best practice to use the same drives throughout the array. Same speed, same make/model, etc.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x intel Xeon E5-2650 Supermicro MBD-X9DR3-F-O Onboard awesomeness 8 x 8GB Kingston DDR3 1333 ECC 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
4x WD Green 2TB in RAID 10 2x Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVOs Windows Server 2012 Datacenter 3x Dell Ultrasharp U2410s 
PowerCase
Corsair AX1200 Case Labs TX10-D 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x intel Xeon E5-2650 Supermicro MBD-X9DR3-F-O Onboard awesomeness 8 x 8GB Kingston DDR3 1333 ECC 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
4x WD Green 2TB in RAID 10 2x Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVOs Windows Server 2012 Datacenter 3x Dell Ultrasharp U2410s 
PowerCase
Corsair AX1200 Case Labs TX10-D 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 6
a phenom build is not exactly "lower power"..

u want the idle wattage to be low (50 or under im guessing)

i dont think the harddrives rpm makes any noticeable difference
post #6 of 6
You can take that Quad and disable a couple cores and under volt it as much as possible and see how it performs, I believe they run on quite a bit lower voltage
The Laptop
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 2860QM AMD Radeon HD 6770M Corsair Vengence 1600MHz Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 
OSMonitor
Mac OS X 10.8 1680 x 1050 anti-glare high resolution  
  hide details  
Reply
The Laptop
(6 items)
 
  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel i7 2860QM AMD Radeon HD 6770M Corsair Vengence 1600MHz Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 
OSMonitor
Mac OS X 10.8 1680 x 1050 anti-glare high resolution  
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Servers
Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › Servers › Help me build a low power Server