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Hey guys I'm a pretty big noob when it comes to anything server related. So here I am asking for your help. I need a file server, mostly for backup and streaming movies (I backup all my movies, currently have almost 2TB worth). I need it done the cheapest I possibly can (all the parts I can buy on the Marketplace I will/ or eBay if it's a good deal). I assume I'll be running Win7 on it, but I really have no idea what components I would need to push a file/media server. As far as storage goes I will have a 2TB and 3 750GB in RAID 5 for now and when I can will upgrade to more storage, but for now I am fine there. So yea any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, Thanks.
post #2 of 9
If this is for your own network storage I would recommend FreeNAS. It's run off of a USB drive and is fairly user friendly. You set it up through CLI or through a web browser GUI.

I've got a build log that I'm still working on here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1300348/build-log-code-name-freenasty-subject-to-change#post_18084124
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If this is for your own network storage I would recommend FreeNAS. It's run off of a USB drive and is fairly user friendly. You set it up through CLI or through a web browser GUI.
I've got a build log that I'm still working on here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1300348/build-log-code-name-freenasty-subject-to-change#post_18084124

I will for sure look into FreeNAS. Any suggestions about components? How much did your server cost minus the HDD's?
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Ballpark figures:

Intel g630: $50
Asrock H77 mini-ITX mobo: $90
PSU: 420w 80 plus Refurb from directron $25
Homemade case: $30
PERC 5/i Raid controller: $50 + $10 for cables
Ram: Any 1033 or 1333 will do so add $25

So around $280ish. But I'm going to use mine for remote streaming and access for multiple PCs. You might not need as much hardware as you think. An old PC off craigslist or one of those atom boards will do you fine I believe. FreeNAS is very light on resources.
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Originally Posted by dklic6 View Post

Ballpark figures:
Intel g630: $50
Asrock H77 mini-ITX mobo: $90
PSU: 420w 80 plus Refurb from directron $25
Homemade case: $30
PERC 5/i Raid controller: $50 + $10 for cables
Ram: Any 1033 or 1333 will do so add $25
So around $280ish. But I'm going to use mine for remote streaming and access for multiple PCs. You might not need as much hardware as you think. An old PC off craigslist or one of those atom boards will do you fine I believe. FreeNAS is very light on resources.

Thanks for your help.

Still looking for some opinions though on what components I would need. Would something like an Athlon X2 do the trick? Or do I want/need a quad? RAM 4GB ok? I really have no idea on what it takes to push what I want to do. Stream media to 2 pc's, and weekly backups for both pc's is really all I need it to do. Thanks
post #6 of 9
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Any one?
post #7 of 9
Hold your horses, i've been preparing a post.... If you're ok with LGA775 CPU Performance, check out these two links:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121358 <--- Mini ITX mobo ~$50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%20600005851&IsNodeId=1&name=LGA%20775 <--- Some LGA775 CPU's to choose from. Less than $70. You could get a core 2 duo.
And since that ITX mobo has DDR2, you could look at this board for DDR3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186216
One drawback being you need a slightly more expensive LGA 1155 CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%20600095610&IsNodeId=1&name=LGA%201155
And you could go for a simple Pentium or Celeron on there.
You can get a single 4GB DDR3 module for about $40-$50.
For PSU and Case, these should work pretty well:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170014 <-PSU $13 480W logisys
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119261 <-Case $50 coolermaster

those can be the beginnings of a pretty good NAS PC, with the case having space for about 3 HDD's. You could have 6TB of space in raid with 3x2TB HDD's. maybe even add a 5.25" enclosure for a 4th.

edit: grammar

one more thing... You could get windows server and make a windows domain and link your two PC's and forget about backups. you can just wipe them with a backup HDD image stored on the NAS.
Edited by jtc10512 - 9/6/12 at 1:27pm
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post #8 of 9
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Ok so I just had a thought, I have been building a Media Center PC, but I could put that on hold (since I don't really NEED it) and use the parts I have from it for the server. Parts are ECS A880GM-M6, 3 750gb, 2tb, PS, CM Elite 310, 6gb DDR3 ram. Any thoughts? I'm pretty strapped for cash so if it's possible to do this that would be great. Any suggestions on cpu? anything you would change? Thanks
post #9 of 9
Well, IMO I would stick with the slim mini-ITX design to keep it small and compact. But those parts would work fine. I would actually try this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886
You can unlock the 4th core and have an athlon II X4 for the price of an X3. Don't overclock it though, but the unlocked core should be great. This processor would even be fine to finish this pc AS a media center PC as well. So, maybe you'd have this as your NAS for temporary, and when your budget is restored you can go for a full build on a dedicated NAS PC.

edit: Taking a look at the ECS board again, it looks really good. Has a beefy VRM and it also has a nice 2 digit debug display on the bottom right (i'm planning to buy a POST card as a tool of mine, I find this kind of thing to be a necessity) Also packages a 880G chipset (being a G series, I don't trust) but it's very feature rich and can handle some light overclocking, so I take back what I said about not overclocking.
Edited by jtc10512 - 9/6/12 at 2:15pm
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