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I am again finishing my server... I am about to buy the RAM for it; I already have the case, powersupply, fans, hard drives, and operating system (windows home server).

Here is what I have bought:

Case: Antec 300

Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts 380watt

RAM (about to buy): Corsair DDR2 800 (2x1024)

HDD's: maxtor 500GB, maxtor 120GB, WD External 500GB
(i will put 2 seagate 500's in it when I get a second one for RAID1)

I now have $150 dollars left in my budget for the CPU and the motherboard. I am thinking about buying THIS C2D E4500
for around $70 dollars.... that leaves me with about $80 dollars for a motherboard.

First, do you think that is a decent processor for a simple server, that will be used for things like file storage/backup, printer server, maybe even web hosting, etc? Is that a fair price?

Also, if you guys could suggest a motherboard to me that would fit my requirements, that would be awesome

-around $80
-has onboard video
-can overclock (even though I am not going to at this point in time)
-has onboard RAID and plenty of SATA ports
-can later support my Q6600 if I upgrade to i7


Thanks for any help guys
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First off - Yes, the E4500 would make for a pretty decent server CPU and should OC fairly well later down the line when you decide to do so

Secondly, at the $80 price point you'll be hard pressed to find something with on board video AND four DDR2 slots because most Intel boards with on board video are MicroATX form factor...

If you're willing to spend a bit more to get a decent OCer and 4 channels, I would most certainly recommend the Gigabyte G41
Edited by killa_concept - 12/17/08 at 1:37pm
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First off - Yes, the E4500 would make for a pretty decent server CPU and should OC fairly well later down the line when you decide to do so

Secondly, at the $80 price point you'll be hard pressed to find something with on board video AND four DDR2 slots because most Intel boards with on board video are MicroATX form factor...

If you're willing to spend a bit more to get a decent OCer and 4 channels, I would most certainly recommend the Gigabyte G41
ok thanks for the advice- I will seriously check out that board.

I would buy a board without onboard graphics and just put a cheap video card on the machine, but the thing is I don't ever plan on putting a monitor on the computer except for when I first install my operating system, so buying a video card for it would be pointless right?
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It's supposed to be a server, what do you need a video card for? (*Of course if it's Windows Home Server then all bets are off..)
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First off, I'd recommend some RE2 Green Power hard drives from Western Digital. They are the RE2 series so should hold up to being on 24/7 better than other drives. And being Green Power, they don't use a whole lot of juice. Normally they're pretty expensive but I just ordered some 705gb on ebay for $80+ shipping each. Here's a link - if you click the "view seller's other items" link, he has a couple more for sale:

http://cgi.ebay.com/750GB-WESTERN-DI...1%7C240%3A1318

As for CPU/mobo, what you're looking at is way overkill for Windows Home Server. Get any one of AMD's 45w CPUs to save on the electic bill and heat. Plus you can get one for $35-40.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=&srchInDesc=

And as a complementary mobo, get an Asus or Gigabyte with a 740G or 780G northbridge. It will have onboard video and is pretty reliable.

Edit: Definitely skip the video card - it's completely pointless for a server. Just use the onboard video for installation.

Edit 2: Here are the two mobos I've been looking at for my build

Gigabyte - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128342
Asus (leaning toward this one) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131324
Edited by e_dogg - 12/17/08 at 2:52pm
     
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post #6 of 15
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I will check out those WD drives, thanks for the link!

Well I want to one day be able to use this computer for something else possibly... I realize it may be overkill right now, but later I might want to do some virtualization off this computer to appease error10 and try out a linux-based server os, maybe one day use it as a HTPC, maybe put a video card in it and play games over the network with my brother... you never know. I want it to be expandable in the future, so I would like to get a C2D at least and also have the ability to overclock, and I want the motherboard to have a PCIe slot if I ever wanted a video card on the machine.

But I am absolutely still open to suggestions... I still might just change my mind at this point and go with your el cheapo amd setup- you never know
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To be honest, I'd go with a Foxconn 780G & a Phenom X3 8450.
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post #8 of 15
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To be honest, I'd go with a Foxconn 780G & a Phenom X3 8450.
why would you go with these?

And I might just go with this combo actually... I have never owned a tri core, nor have I ever owned an AMD cpu lol

I am always up for something new!
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I agree with the AMD route, the 780G boards are great and inexpensive. The cheapest dual-core available will be more than enough for the server, but you can any CPU that fits your budget to make available for everything you mentioned.

I've got a file server running on an 3800+ with no problems.
    
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ok cool! I think you guys have convinced me to go with AMD... and I will probably go with the 780G. I am going to have to do some research on what processor to go with though... any other suggestions on boards and processors?
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