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This PC is going to be the new server in my house - it is replacing a mini itx Atom 230 w/1TB of storage.

Step 1: Build It
Step 2: Optimize Power Usage
Step 3: Configure and Run it


Specs:
CPU: Intel Celeron 440
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Q35M-S2
RAM: G Skill 2x2GB DDR2-800
PSU: ABZ Tagan 800W
NIC: Intel EXPI9402PT Dual Teamed Gigabit w/ Jumbo Frames (buying later)
Case: Coolermaster Stacker STC-T01
OS: Windows Server 2008
Hard Drives: Lots, you'll see
Edited by Manyak - 12/16/08 at 1:13pm
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post #2 of 21
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reserved for build log - will be posted in a few mins
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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Boxes of goodies! This is all the stuff for a new server (this log) and an HTPC. But the HTPC stuff is for another thread.


The parts!


The case and PSU, with some preliminary cable management from the P4 that used to be in it.


Crappy pic of the CPU


Two brand new Caviar Green 1TB drives!


I always liked the G-Skill heatspreaders .


The motherboard!


CPU and RAM installed


I figure hey, since this PC is going to be running 24/7 I should double check the paste on the NB and SB. Good thing I did, it was rock solid and useless already. Must have been sitting in Newegg's warehouse for a while now.


There, that's better


Oh great, the SB didn't even have any to begin with! Not that it needs it, but with 24/7 operation better safe than sorry.


Everything so far installed!


2x500GB WD RE2 drives. I had these in my sig rig for storage, but 1TB is no longer enough. So now they will become backup drives for my HTPC and its recordings.


All 4 drives in their cage, with a nice 120mm fan in front.


I hope you didn't think I was done yet . Two more hard drives - a 200GB IDE drive for the OSes (gonna run virtual machines) and Active Directory storage, and a 750GB RE2 for backing up the OS drives to all the PCs in my house (there's 10 and 4 are identical, so really only 7 backups). I'll be replacing this with two more 1TB drives next year when I finish my new sig rig.


Now for some money shots!





And to set a baseline for power usage, I measured the power draw when idle in BIOS:


And again without any hard drives plugged in:


Now, once the OS finishes installing, I'll get to downclocking it and maximizing power savings.

Then I'll walk you guys through the configuration.
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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post #4 of 21
Your off to a good start....Which Win server OS are you going to use?
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under clock and lower voltages on cpu and nb to reduce power
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Originally Posted by ira-k View Post
Your off to a good start....Which Win server OS are you going to use?
2008 Datacenter as the main OS - printer, DNS, Active Directory, DFS, and automatic backups for the main network (my PC, girl's PC, 2 HTPCs, laptop, and the pico ITX)

a VM running 2003 Enterprise - running Active Directory, backup, and hosting files for the 4 PCs in the basement. I'm also going to have bootp running on it, so that if someone comes over with their own PC to game on they can just network boot to it and have access to all the games the other computers have installed.

And lastly, another VM running linux (I still gotta pick a distro though), running
a web/ftp and email server.

The whole 9 yards basically
Edited by Manyak - 12/17/08 at 10:30pm
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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post #7 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jts View Post
under clock and lower voltages on cpu and nb to reduce power
that's the plan

I've got windows installed, now I'm waiting for my 1TB of data to copy over to the new hard drives and I'll be doing just that.
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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post #8 of 21
cool. going to be fun!
Is it in yet?
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post #9 of 21
wow good start buddy im planning a server too but gotta leave my bank account alone for now so it can recuperate
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post #10 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by omaryunus View Post
wow good start buddy im planning a server too but gotta leave my bank account alone for now so it can recuperate
lol yeah, I hear you on that...both of us are taking a pretty big hit right now . But its so worthit IMO. Lots of fun building the PCs, overclocking them, and setting up the network, followed by lots of fun playing games and watching movies

Besides, its not like you have to upgrade a server or HTPC at all. Maybe add some hard drives for more room but thats it. So at least those dollars are gonna go a long way
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Intel Core i5-3470 ASRock Z77 Extreme6 16 GB G.Skill Sniper DDR3-1600 1TB WD Caviar Black 
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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