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Would like some help in building a home server

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I would like to build the most energy efficient, yet powerful storage server I can, within my budget of 5 grand (AUD)..
I'm already taking the server board, raid card, Xeon CPU, ECC memory and enterprise-level drive route, but I'd just like a bit more help narrowing these rather broad categories down to final choices.
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post #2 of 4
Is this server just for storage?

I am a big fan of the Seagate Constellation ES and the lower range CS drives. Very fast and so far very reliable.

If it is just for storage, you should invest a good chunk of your budget in a decent RAID card instead of a really powerful CPU and tons of memory.

Did you have any parts in mind?
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Any reason for specifically wanting Xeon CPU's?

ALso what uses is the server going to be for? Storage, Rendering, Streaming etc etc
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Opteron 6272 Opteron 6272 Asus KGPE-D16 Sapphire R9 290X 
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Sapphire R9 290X 8x Samsung 8GB DDR3 1333 ECC 3TBx2 in Raid 1 Noctua NH-U12DO 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
120mm Fractal Design 1200rpm Case Fan Silent Se... Windows 7 Pro x64 1x24" 2x22" Corsair Professional HX1050 
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The reason I wanted to use the Xeon is because I want a reasonably powerful CPU, but I want one that is as reliable and runs as cool as possible, that's my reasoning for the Xeon. And I've already committed to getting a RAID card, I'm just unsure of which one to go for :/


Just out of curiosity, how many of those Seagate Constellation drives have you used? And how many have failed? (if any)
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