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I have been planning on building a Windows Home Server for some time now. I was just wondering how the build I have below looks?

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2.0GHz AM2 Dual-Core CPU = CPU:Already have

Stock = CPU Cooler:Already have

GIGABYTE GA-MA69VM-S2 AM2 AMD Micro ATX Motherboard = Motherboard: $64.99

G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 Desktop Memory = RAM: $24.99

SILVERSTONE SG03-B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mid Tower Case = Case: $149.99

Ultra X-Connect V-Series ( XVS) 400-Watt Modular PSU= Power Supply: $39.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 32MB Cache Hard Drive = Hard Drive 1: $119.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 32MB Cache Hard Drive = Hard Drive 2: $119.99

Windows Home Server 32-Bit 1 Pack OEM = Operating System: $169.99
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post #2 of 36
I'd probably recommend another gig of ram.
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Originally Posted by tehpwnerofn00bs View Post
I'd probably recommend another gig of ram.
ditto
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Would 2GB of RAM really make that much of a difference for it? I will mostly be using it to access Music, Movies, TV Shows, Pictures, and Email (If I can set it up as a sort of email server as well). And downloading stuff with utorrent and nightly back ups.
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160GB OS Drive + 500GB x4 = 1.5TB RAID 5 Lite-On SATA Burner Windows Vista Ultimate (64-Bit) Dual 20" Dell Widescreen's 
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160GB OS Drive + 500GB x4 = 1.5TB RAID 5 Lite-On SATA Burner Windows Vista Ultimate (64-Bit) Dual 20" Dell Widescreen's 
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post #5 of 36
Yeah, me too would recommend a 2GB setup and about the other parts are OK and great choice on HDDs
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post #6 of 36
I've never heard of that make of PSU. You may want to get a more reliable PSU if it is to be running 24/7 (1.It'll be more reliable, 2.It should be more efficient) The wattage/amps are fine though.
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$50 430w Earthwatts: If you can find a deal on it, get it. This is MUCH better than the XVS. However, it is NOT a modular PSU.... a nice thing to have in such a small case. I have a XVS in my system because I got it for $8. Otherwise, I wouldn't touch it.

$100 Western Digital Caviar 500GB: You don't need high performance HDs. The cache and speed won't do anything for you.
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post #8 of 36
unless you are on a tight budget, theres no reason not to. you can get 2 gb for about 40 bucks now
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post #9 of 36
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Hmm... What is the best cheapest Modular PSU? Like you said DuckieHo the case is small so having a Modular PSU helps.

Ill look into the cheaper 500GB drives. I might just take the Samsung 500GB in my PC and use that.

I am not to tight on money, I just don't want to get 2GB of RAM if I am not going to see a noticeable boost as compaired to 1GB.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SeanEE89 View Post
Hmm... What is the best cheapest Modular PSU? Like you said DuckieHo the case is small so having a Modular PSU helps.

Ill look into the cheaper 500GB drives. I might just take the Samsung 500GB in my PC and use that.
Just get any cheap drives and throw it into the server. HD performance is never an issue since your network will almost always be slower. You want at least two HDs for redundancy. If you need more space, drop in another drive and give the server a few hours to rebalance the data across the new drive.


Actually, I just remembered... you need a PSU with a 120/140mm fan. The fan sits directly over the CPU. Are you able to mod your own cabling?
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Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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