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post #1 of 11
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So I have Started to gather some money to put towards a home server. I would like to know whether these parts are worth it or if I should change anything. Ideally I don't want to spend any more than £270-£280 on this build. Thanks in advance.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/4gFVvK

Parts:
Intel Pentium G3258
ASUS H81I-Plus
Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600
Seagate Barracuda 3TB
EVGA 430W PSU
Thermaltake Core V1
post #2 of 11
Would something like the Intel i3 4130T be powerful enough? That is a 35watt part where the G3258 is a 53 watt part. Servers run 24/7, so you would want the lowest watt part possible that can still do the job performance wise. I don't know enough about building home servers, I'm just posing the questions I would ask if I was in your shoes.

A 280watt or 300 watt CPU would also be fine I bet. Perhaps even smaller than that too. I know there are some low power Seasonic and Antec units that would work fine.

Do you want a 2nd drive to run some redundancy for your data?
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
2 things.
is paying £40 more all that much worth it.

Also, i will be using a 240gb ssd for the OS and stuff
post #4 of 11
What OS and tasks are you going to run on this "server"?

If you're storing ANYTHING critical on it, I'd give strong consideration to a cheap Xeon CPU, ECC RAM, and an ITX server board that will accommodate the CPU/RAM. It will increase your cost slightly, but increase your reliability and data integrity by an order of magnitude. Of course, even with RAID 1 - you still need an external disk and back it up regularly.

Another option is buy a "used" server off eBay, something that cost many thousands just 3-4 years ago can be repurposed at home for 10% of the original price or less.

Greg
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by averagealex99 View Post

2 things.
is paying £40 more all that much worth it.

Also, i will be using a 240gb ssd for the OS and stuff

That I don't know. Would depend on how much you pay for electricity. I really don't know enough about home servers. I was just posing the question is all. I know my gaming rig, when using as a plex server, even if I don't touch it for days, just running can drive up my electric bill $20 a month vs turning it off at night.

There may be other low power Pentium chips that would be more compatible in price to the G3258.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Depauville Kid View Post

I know my gaming rig, when using as a plex server, even if I don't touch it for days, just running can drive up my electric bill $20 a month vs turning it off at night.
There may be other low power Pentium chips that would be more compatible in price to the G3258.

Might want to look into your Windows Power Plan settings, e.g. make sure the CPU can idle down when it's not being used.

My Rampage V Extreme with 5960X, 4 DIMMS, 1 HDD, 1 SSD, 1 980Ti at idle (with monitor off) burns 94W. That's 0.094KW * 24 hours * 30 days = 67.68 kWh per month. Local power rate here is $0.09419 / kWh including all the distribution charges, supply, power, etc.

That's $6.37 a month in power for my rig per month.

Greg
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
I havent looked too much into the software side yet, nut it will be used for file storage.
post #8 of 11
for just strictly file storage for less than ~3 users in a home environment I would say use a cheaper processor (the G3258 is priced accordingly due to being overclockable) like a celeron or cheapo i3 and run at stock clocks. overclocking a server is silly especially if it is running 24/7. Also be sure to include an external hard drive or two for nightly/weekly/monthly backup, depending on your needs.
Let me say that again... BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP.
if these files can't be replaced like critical word documents or old family photos then that should be incentive to backup more often.

EDIT: also for just home use and only file storage a windows OS would be fine like windows 7/8.1/ or dare i say it... 10...
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
I think i may go with the intel pentium G3240, its cheap, and has a tdp of 53 (which is still low) but the only things lower are a lot more expensive. So i might just change from the g3258 to the g3240. Also, what kind of power supply is recommended, i have got an EVGA 500W Desktop PSU at the moment, but should i be using a server psu or what? Bearing in mind that its only use is for storing files, not TOO important.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by averagealex99 View Post

I think i may go with the intel pentium G3240, its cheap, and has a tdp of 53 (which is still low) but the only things lower are a lot more expensive. So i might just change from the g3258 to the g3240. Also, what kind of power supply is recommended, i have got an EVGA 500W Desktop PSU at the moment, but should i be using a server psu or what? Bearing in mind that its only use is for storing files, not TOO important.

for a 53W processor and no graphics cards and maybe a few hard drives 350W is plenty assuming the psu you buy is not a fire hazard. be sure to check my sig under helpful links and click on recommended psu FAQ
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