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Ok guys so here is my idea.
I currently have an extra CPU(AMD 6400+ BE) and ive been thinking about how i could use a home server.

Uses would include:
-Back ups
-Media
-Minecraft Server

I would like to have it as small for as possible so I will be springing for a new MB and some ram. I will need to have a decent amount of ram due to hosting a minecraft server is mem intensive.

My questions are what do you guys recommend as far as this is concerned. This will be my first server but im pretty savvy and not too scared. I just need some more knowledge from OCN. Also I have a couple OS's to install on it, but no server OS's. I have vista ultimate if that is any good, but its also vista

I would like to have a drive for the os and such and a separate drive for the actual back ups.

I would like mem recommendations as well as MB and case recommendations, thanks in advanced.

This will be something running at all times. I also will be upgrading my current pc in the future so the ability to drop my current am3 in it would be great.
Edited by M1nUrThr3t - 1/13/11 at 10:55am
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Personally i'd go for a mATX MB (that has 4 ram slots and raid 1) and just a cheap and cheerful small case

Hard drive wise would depend on just how much media/backups you need but if you find a mobo with nice amount of PCIE/PCI you could get a couple of RAID cards to give a few more hard drive's
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Windows Home server. Minecraft server should work fine and it will accomplish all the items you want from the server (media, backups, etc)

Cheap AMD with at least 2 GB of ram is fine.

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I'd recommend a minimum of 4 GB of RAM if you want to run a Minecraft server. The more RAM you have, the more players it will support. Don't worry about timings or clock speed, just get the cheapest RAM you can that's proven stable, like this G.SKILL kit.

For CPU, get a Phenom II X2 or X3, unlock dormant cores if possible (you'll need a board like this), and that should be more than enough for what you need. An Athlon II would work pretty well also, but the Phenom II has L3 cache which might help with Minecraft. If you didn't want to support Minecraft I'd recommend just getting a cheap dual-core Atom nettop board. Get a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ cooler if you unlock cores since the dormant cores might run hot, so the stock AMD cooler might not be enough.

Windows Home Server is a great OS for backups and stuff and only costs about $100, same as any home edition of Windows. The best part about WHS is you can set up any of your Windows PCs to automatically backup to it and it'll do a complete image of your system. Then if your system dies you can recover the backup over the network! Keep in mind a new version of WHS is coming out fairly soon so it might be worth waiting and seeing how it turns out.

For hard drives, just get a small cheap SATA hard drive for your OS, or ideally get two of them and set them up in RAID-1. A cheap SSD (like the smaller Kingston models) might work as well and since they're generally more reliable you won't have to RAID-1 them. Then get a pair of Samsung 2 TB drives, RAID-1 them, and use that for file storage and for the backup location. If you need more than 2 TB, get at least three of them and use RAID-5 instead, though ASUS board I linked earlier doesn't seem to support RAID-5.
Edited by mott555 - 1/14/11 at 7:50am
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