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Hey guys I have done a few builds but never a proper build log and since I am wanting to build a home server I thought I might as well do one for a server. (this is not a build log)

First I will start with Budget and goals. I want to build a home server for the least amount of $ as possible on the extreme scale as in even buying second hand parts. I know buying second hand pc parts is not anything new, however I have never done a build with any second hand parts nor have I tried to keep the cost to a min.

I am wanting the server for storage,backups and media streaming I want to be able to access it Via remote desktop from within my home network but I want to also access files from outside of my network. I may add more rolls as I learn more about what servers are capable of.

These are the OS I have available

Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard

I also have access to everything on this website

http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/ProductsByMajorVersionList.aspx?ws=28949184-5f9b-e011-969d-0030487d8897&vsro=8&JSEnabled=1&pc=e3f92cf0-4b09-e011-bed1-0030487d8897

The Parts I have now are

Case: coolermaster usp100
PSU: coolermaster 550w
4x case fans

So my questions are

Could I get away with only using a duel core? My answer is I think I can but would be best to get at least a 4 core to handle the level of multitasking.

AMD or Intel? I am thinking amd since I have a i5 3570k in my desktop and its been a while since I owned a amd machine.

Let me know your thoughts and opinions on this project.
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A dual core would handle everything you mentioned with no problems. My WHS2011 box is an Athlon X2 2.5ghz and it more than handles RDP, storage, VPN, backup, media streaming, VM Host (with VirtualBox) and I host an SFTP, wordpress, and a few other small sites. All that being said if you can swing it grab up a quad core. Why? Mainly because you'll find yourself doing more as you learn and that extra room will be nice to have.

With your MSDN account you have plenty of options to chose from for the OS. Personally I would go with 2012 Standard. Most guides will be centered around that so it will be the easiest to learn from. I would even take a look at installing 2012 Standard and then installing the Hyper-V role. Then with Hyper-V you can install the other systems as VMs and learn those as well or do things that would normally require two or more servers. You have the option of running Hyper-V on bare metal but since you are starting out I would not recommend that.

As far as AMD or Intel. Buyers choice in this realm. Whichever gives you the most bang for you buck. Storage will most likely be the most expensive part of the build. It will start with one or two drives and next thing you know you will have 10+. Grab more memory than you think you will need as well. I'd say 8Gb minimum.
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AMD FX 8120 Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 MSI Windforce 6850 Kingston Hyper-Blue 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
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Originally Posted by Kylepdalton View Post

A dual core would handle everything you mentioned with no problems. My WHS2011 box is an Athlon X2 2.5ghz and it more than handles RDP, storage, VPN, backup, media streaming, VM Host (with VirtualBox) and I host an SFTP, wordpress, and a few other small sites. All that being said if you can swing it grab up a quad core. Why? Mainly because you'll find yourself doing more as you learn and that extra room will be nice to have.

With your MSDN account you have plenty of options to chose from for the OS. Personally I would go with 2012 Standard. Most guides will be centered around that so it will be the easiest to learn from. I would even take a look at installing 2012 Standard and then installing the Hyper-V role. Then with Hyper-V you can install the other systems as VMs and learn those as well or do things that would normally require two or more servers. You have the option of running Hyper-V on bare metal but since you are starting out I would not recommend that.

As far as AMD or Intel. Buyers choice in this realm. Whichever gives you the most bang for you buck. Storage will most likely be the most expensive part of the build. It will start with one or two drives and next thing you know you will have 10+. Grab more memory than you think you will need as well. I'd say 8Gb minimum.

thanks for that mate, Yeah it seams silly to go duel core now that I think about it as quads are not a lot more expensive.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570k P8Z77-V ASUS ROG RX480 Corsair 8GB 2x 2GB + kingston hyperx 16gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Evo SSD 500gb none corsair H80 windows 7 64 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Samsung s22b360 corsair tx 750 m NZXT phantom 410 (GM) logitech G400 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Evo SSD 500gb none corsair H80 windows 7 64 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Samsung s22b360 corsair tx 750 m NZXT phantom 410 (GM) logitech G400 
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