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Hey guys, I have a great many questions about this subject, I have built a fair few gaming rigs (building a new one right now) however I have found a need/desire to build a personal/home server.

This server would run a web server, plex to stream to laptops mobiles and tablets in the property, any games I want to run for me and my friends (max maybe 10-20 slots in most games such as Minecraft, a couple of FPS games). I also would like to effectively run remote storage for both myself and family.

It will not require monitor or an optical drive (will install via USB key and either KVM or remote manage).
I require it to be small form factor (mATX case, Micro ITX case) ideally aiming for a black and white theme.

Using high-end / enthusiast parts where appropriate.

Can you guys give me any example specs (partpicker etc) of any builds you would like to do, if you would like a budget, lets say £1500.00 as the roof.

Ideally I would like the fastest SSD for the operating system, fastest HDDs (or hybrids if they would be better) unless you can suggest better HHDs for server use along with any other recommendations you have along with do's and don'ts would be great as I do not have much of an idea when it comes to deciding hardware for a home server.
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I've used these multiple times, and would recommend over and over again. The Dell CS-24's are an excellent value for a home system. You can put a lot of storage in them using 2/3/4/6TB drives, they're pretty quiet when powered up, and have a lot of horsepower. Tough to put together much for the same price that you can get one of those.
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80GB Intel X25M G2 Ben-Q DVD+-RW Windows 7 Ultimate Dual Dell 19" Trinitrons + 1 Hanns-G 19" LCD 
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MS Natural Multimedia Rosewill RX750-D-B Antec 900 Razer Diamondback 
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You mean these ones?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-CS24-NV7-Cloud-Server-AMD-2373-2-1GHz-32GB-2TB-SATA-VMWare-Ready-/351386311378?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item51d0419ad2

Any caveats with them?

EDIT: Those are far too loud, are there any alternate suggestions?
Edited by ctrlaltdenied - 5/12/15 at 7:32am
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I have a Dell R610.

I can tell you the biggest thing you should consider is the hardware.
for example, if you need RAID or not.

you can get quite powerful processors on used Dell 11Gen's.
like X5650's.

but consider if you want something that would need 3.5" (or LFF) drive bays or 2.5" Bays.
almost any "modern" Server should be able to fit sufficient RAM for your usage. (my R610 can do 196GB)
I would suggest buying one with minimal ram and upgrading after.

some models have redundant PSU's, if you don't need this you could save money there.

I like the Samsung 850 EVO for Cost/Performance.
RAID 10 is Ideal but the drives could be in RAID0 and likely never ever fail. (overprovision by saving 10% drive space).

I have L5639's (2x) in mine, and its fine for my application, but you might consider the X5650's because at this point, they're basically the same cost.

*** EDIT *** I should mention this... (to help SAVE you money)

I got a Dell R610 for around $600 CDN including the evo.
with
2x L5639
12GB DDR3 (easily upgraded)
LSI 9260 8i RAID controller w/ 512 NV Ram & BBU
6x 2.5" Drive Cab with caddies

I bought a 120GB Samsung 850 EVO for $75 CDN and use that as the OS drive.
and a old laptop 5400RPM as the VM Disk.

look around, you'll find something well within your budget.
for your price range, I could have gotten something monstrous.
my budget was $600.
Edited by Xan666 - 5/16/15 at 6:37pm
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Some other considerations you may want to make are power and space. I didn't see you mention either. If you have the space for a full sized rack mounted server that's great. However if you are looking to conserve space and power you may want to look at something like the SuperMicro SYS-5028D-TN4T like I posted about myself here.
Edited by PuffinMyLye - 5/18/15 at 6:23am
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Mine's not really that loud. It sits in my basement, but I cannot hear it on the main floor, and it's not loud enough to be bothersome even when I'm sitting right next to it. I suppose if it's going into your bedroom it may be a concern, but I've had gaming desktops that are louder than the CS-24. The only time it's really loud is when it first turns on, other than that it runs pretty darn quiet.
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Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 Asus Maximus Formula Zotac Geforce 8800GT 8GB Kingston DDR2800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Intel X25M G2 Ben-Q DVD+-RW Windows 7 Ultimate Dual Dell 19" Trinitrons + 1 Hanns-G 19" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS Natural Multimedia Rosewill RX750-D-B Antec 900 Razer Diamondback 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
CPUCPUMotherboardRAM
Intel Xeon Intel Xeon 440BX Desktop Reference Platform Kingston ValueRam - 72GB 
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Seagate Barracuda ES.2 Hitachi HUS724040ale640 Micron M500DC VMware ESXi 6.0 
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