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Hey guys.. I often lurk in this section of the forums and I check the Post your Server thread alot.. which basically pushed me to build my WHS! thumb.gif

It'll house all the media that I have at home (My data & Parents data) , backups for all the computers in the house around 6 computers.

The main reason I want to build this server is to keep the data centralized & share media to our new Samsung SmartTV. My parents are big about showing family pictures on the TV but I don't like the whole USB Drive in the TV or the stupid Samsung All-Share that I have to use to share media easily to the tv. mad.gif I've been looking into Server 03/08, Amahi, unRAID, & WHS. But WHS seems like it will need the least attention & maintenance.

As for the Hardware config for this machine it'll be the following:
CPU: AMD FX 4100 - From Microcenter, I'll be doing the bundle deal with the mobo, I haven't been able to beat this setup for the Performance/Cost.
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P $99.99 @ MicroCenter (AMD Bundle)
RAM: Samsung 8GB DDR3-1600 $46.99 @ MicroCenter
Case: NZXT Source 210 $39.99 @ Newegg
PSU: Corsair CX430 $44.99 @ Newegg
ODD: LITE-ON DVD Drive $18.99 @ Newegg
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS (I might need to change these.. Give me recommendations, I want to go a RAID1 setup with two drives for now) $89.99 @ Newegg x2
Fans: Cooler Master 120MM 4PK $13.99 @ Newegg
Fan Power Adapters: Akasa AK-CB001 $3.95 @ Sidewinder x2
OS: Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 $49.99 @ Newegg

Total Comes out to: $412.82 w/o Shipping.

I plan to pick up the Mobo/CPU/Ram this weekend.

Please let me know what you guys think about this build! What I should change, remove, or buy! thanks! smile.gif
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Couple suggestions,
  • Go for 2TB drives, they offer a better price per TB than the 1TB drives
  • RAID1 - for mirroring, you might want to just look at Drive Bender or DrivePool Add-ins.

Typically, I get one drive just for the OS, just to keep the OS separate from my media files.
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Couple suggestions,
  • Go for 2TB drives, they offer a better price per TB than the 1TB drives
  • RAID1 - for mirroring, you might want to just look at Drive Bender or DrivePool Add-ins.
Typically, I get one drive just for the OS, just to keep the OS separate from my media files.

I'll probably use a Seagate 250GB Drive I have here at the house.. I've been using it for years and it works perfectly.
Drive Bender and Drive Pool I've been looking into at www.mswhs.com for a while now!
+Rep to you! biggrin.gif
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Surely there is a better motherboard out there right?
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If he's looking for mATX to bundle at MC,

there's an ASUS : http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0379475

I do like ASUS more
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Why do you need so much CPU or RAM? Are you planning to do any transcoding or working the server itself? If not, then a dual-core with 4GB is plenty.

Newegg has some cheaper APU + mobo deals:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.895113
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.916233
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.892394

There is no need for an optical drive since it is a headless server.



Personally, I am waiting for the next WHS (if MS continues it) with W8 Storage Spaces.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

Surely there is a better motherboard out there right?

I am going with the cost since it is $100.00 for CPU/Mobo.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonowxeno View Post

If he's looking for mATX to bundle at MC,
there's an ASUS : http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0379475
I do like ASUS more

Reasons more than you like ASUS over Gigabyte? Just curious. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

Why do you need so much CPU or RAM? Are you planning to do any transcoding or working the server itself? If not, then a dual-core with 4GB is plenty.
Newegg has some cheaper APU + mobo deals:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.895113
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.916233
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.892394
There is no need for an optical drive since it is a headless server.

I'll take off the Optical Drive, and I'll bump the ram down to 4GB. As for the APU + mobo it is still over 100$, The reason I'm going for such a powerful CPU is that the deal is really really cheap for a CPU/MOBO & I'm taking a Network Engineering degree, so in the future If I wanted to this PC could become an ESXI server or something else, that may need more resources instead of me buying more hardware. If this sounds un-reasonable let me know! I'm open to everyone's ideas. smile.gifthumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

Why do you need so much CPU or RAM? Are you planning to do any transcoding or working the server itself? If not, then a dual-core with 4GB is plenty.
Newegg has some cheaper APU + mobo deals:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.895113
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.916233
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.892394
There is no need for an optical drive since it is a headless server.
Personally, I am waiting for the next WHS (if MS continues it) with W8 Storage Spaces.

If you buy an FX 4100 and that particular mobo, it comes out to $100 plus tax... Its a pretty good deal.



Op, I was considering an almost identical build as yours, but I was given a motherboard, CPU and RAM. I think you have picked a good system. do you intend to do DVD ripping on that system? If not, I would probably skip the drive and use a different one, or make a usb install of whatever OS you choose.

FYI, MC as WHS 2011 for $45... might as well get it all at once! You might want to do some price comparing, MC is pretty good about price matching to Newegg, they will match down to the cost + shipping, then of course there is tax. But its just a thought that way you can assemble more of the server while waiting for the rest of the parts to come in from newegg.


Build looks good.

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