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I've decided to build a home file server so I can access my stuff online without uploading to a cloud website as I trust me data to no one smile.gif
I've never really done a build log before so here goes nothing.


Parts I chose:

CPU: Celeron G530 - $35 @ microcenter - More than enough horsepower to driver a small home file server, and super cheap for a LGA1155 chip. 65W TDP but they can idle pretty low so it'll be nice to be able to leave the server on almost all the time.

MOBO: ECS H61H2-M2 - $40 @ ebay - Has 4 SATA ports which is really all I need from a mobo for this build, and a lga1155 socket i suppose

RAM: 2x1gb Crucial 1333mhz - $15 @ ebay - I assume 2gb will be more than sufficien
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PSU: Antec earthwatts 380D - $35 @ ebay - Overkill, but I couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger on a crappy $15 psu even though 380w is overkill for this

CASE: Cheap mid tower - $20 @ microcenter - Choose it because I don't really need a big case or anything, plus this is the cheapest I could find that has 5 3.5'' bays so I don't have to buy 5.25'' to 3.5'' converters.

HDD: WD 160gb 7200rpm - $15 @ craigslist - don't need much for my primary drive, just something I can put on O/S on

Secondary HDDs: 2 x 2TB - all ready owned - currently in raid1 and thats how they'll stay when I move them to the file server. Hopefully when prices drop i'll add 1 or 2 more and change it to raid5

For a grand-whooping-total of: $160 + i estimate ~$5 taxs at MC

Everything is ordered and I'm going to MC tomorrow to pick up the CPU and case, then i'll post pics when I build biggrin.gif

As for the OS i'm still deciding what to load, i've heard good things about centos although the only linux distro i've had experience with is ubuntu. I can also get a copy of windows server 2008 R2 free (through school, not the pirate bay smile.gif) but i've heard its not as easy to set up as linux
Edited by bavman - 6/7/12 at 11:48pm
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post #2 of 7

Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

 

As for an OS, I've set up half a dozen home servers now using Ubuntu.  It does a great job and is really easy to learn and use.

CHILZ - Lan Rig
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CANARY - Main Rig
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CADILLAC - HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-4570s Asus H97M-Plus AMD R9 280 G.Skill RipjawsX 16 GB (2x8) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 240 GB Kingston 3 TB USB 3.0 Drive Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Preview BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Core 1000 Mionix Castor Monoprice XXL JL Amps + Custom Morel Bookshelf speakers 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
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Acer Media 220 W SFF Acer X1800 Acer Optical 
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The TV cabinet Denon 2808 7.1 AVR + Dahlquist 350W 8" Sub + Kl... 
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CHILZ - Lan Rig
(17 items)
 
CANARY - Main Rig
(16 items)
 
CADILLAC - HTPC
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-4570s Asus H97M-Plus AMD R9 280 G.Skill RipjawsX 16 GB (2x8) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 240 GB Kingston 3 TB USB 3.0 Drive Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Preview BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Core 1000 Mionix Castor Monoprice XXL JL Amps + Custom Morel Bookshelf speakers 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Acer Media 220 W SFF Acer X1800 Acer Optical 
Mouse PadAudio
The TV cabinet Denon 2808 7.1 AVR + Dahlquist 350W 8" Sub + Kl... 
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post #3 of 7
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My 5 (maybe 6?) year old crappy router is starting to give me trouble, probably going to replace it with this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122334&nm_mc=OTC-FroogleNEW&cm_mmc=OTC-FroogleNEW-_-Network+-+Wireless+Routers-_-Netgear+Inc.-_-33122334

I've heard good things about it as well as its support for DD-WRT. Also has a 480mhz cpu and 64mb ram which seems to be a lot when talking about routers. Usually people have good words to say about this...any objections/suggestions? I seem some on ebay going for around ~30-40 used
Bavman's build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770k MSI z97-g45 GTX 970 16 GB samsung 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Crucial M4 128gb win7 corsair 650tx haf 922 
Mouse
mx518 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770k MSI z97-g45 GTX 970 16 GB samsung 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Crucial M4 128gb win7 corsair 650tx haf 922 
Mouse
mx518 
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post #4 of 7
I'd be careful buying PC parts of ebay. I bought an old nvidia 6600 (I think...) a couple years ago to play minecraft on my old PC. Thats when my AGP slot burned and I had an excuse to build a PC. Other than that, build looks great, and linux is the best for servers, don't mess with MS on this one.
post #5 of 7
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Yeah defiantly, but the ones I bought were new, just discounted from what newegg has them for.
Everything is in except the RAM and PSU. Should be here by wednesday then I'll start posting pics.
Bavman's build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770k MSI z97-g45 GTX 970 16 GB samsung 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Crucial M4 128gb win7 corsair 650tx haf 922 
Mouse
mx518 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770k MSI z97-g45 GTX 970 16 GB samsung 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Crucial M4 128gb win7 corsair 650tx haf 922 
Mouse
mx518 
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post #6 of 7
As long as there new. Someone asked me in my neighborhood to do a build for a server. What storage drive did you use, WD Greens?
post #7 of 7
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They are 2TB Hitachi 5400 rpm drives I got from newegg a couple months before prices skyrocketed. So far they've been perfectly reliable so far, and I couldn't pass them up at $60 each
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770k MSI z97-g45 GTX 970 16 GB samsung 
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Crucial M4 128gb win7 corsair 650tx haf 922 
Mouse
mx518 
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Crucial M4 128gb win7 corsair 650tx haf 922 
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