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I've decided to set myself up a small home server for web development (just local testing of stuff, already pay for a web host for my sites), backups (1 iMac, 1 linux laptop & 1 vista laptop), FTP, fileserver, torrents & media server.
I've spent the last few days reading through similar posts and have started getting an idea of the type of things I need. Would appreciate any feedback on choice of parts etc
CPU - AMD Athlon II X2 245e
MOBO - Asus M4A78LT-M LE AMD 760G AM3
RAM - Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 (2GB X2)
PSU - Corsair CX430
HDD - Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green

Still need to choose a case (so suggestions of a cheap quiet case appreciated).
I'll probably just pick up 1 or 2 HDDs at first then add more and setup RAID.
For OS I will be using Ubuntu Server.
I really have no idea when it comes to servers so if I could save money on any of the parts above then that would be great.
The other problem is that I will have to use WiFi for the server (house share and house mates don't want a server sitting in the hallway where the router is and it's too far to run an ethernet cable to my room) although once I get my own place it will be plugged in.
We have Wireless N so hopefully that will help slightly.
Is it going to be possible to stream media over Wireless N? (will be streaming to iMac and PS3, apple lossless audio and mp4 videos most of which are 720p and a few SD but no 1080p)

EDIT: Forgot to mention budget, ideally I'd like to spend around £200 if possible but max would be £300
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Also for a basic home server is there much advantage to AM3 boards and DDR3 or is it worth saving money and going for an AM2+ and DDR2? (although DDR3 seems to be a lot cheaper at the moment)
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@OP

A couple of things. Firstly, apart from the HD you listed, what's the total price of the parts you've listed?

Concerning that Western Digital Caviar Green, they do not work well in motherboard or hardware-based RAID. However, Linux software RAID should be fine. Additionally, if you are looking at RAID, it's better to set it up now, rather than trying to do it later. Not only that, but if that single 2TB HD fails...

RAM-wise, if DDR3 is cheaper, go for that. Also, unless you're going to be running virtual machines, 2GB RAM is plenty.
Edited by parityboy - 1/17/11 at 6:14pm
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Prices are from Scan
CPU - £55.49
MOBO - £46.51
RAM - £38.54
PSU - 35.98

TOTAL = £176.52

But I still need to add HDD(s) and a case to that.
If 2GB will be enough I will cut down to save a bit more (can always add more later if needed).
I'll be going with Linux software RAID.
Just went for the caviar green as it was low(er) power and not too expensive, I'm trying to keep it as low power as possible (why I went for the "e" series cpu) but I'm open to suggestions of any better/cheaper parts.
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The CX430 is a crap PSU. It will never make a clean 430 watts. It is overpriced as a semi-decent 300w unit at best.
 
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Thanks, will make sure I avoid that one then.
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Thinking of ordering this soon, has anyone got any recommendations of better/cheaper parts etc? Also what sort of wattage PSU would I need for a build like this (will probably get 6 hdd's in the end so don't want to have to upgrade PSU later on)
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I don't know how well this fits into the thread since it seems to be concentrating on hardware but I wanted to recommend considering virtualization in your differenct functions. This way if a a peice of hardware fails or you want to upgrade hardware in a couple years it's relatively easy to move: just move over the VMs. I'm in the process of trying to convert a physical home server to a virtual one and all the hard drive shuffling is a bit much so I happen to know: start virtualized.

For ease of use I suggest VirtualBox (and phpvirtualbox makes it easier/helps). If you are already a high-knowledge linux person and/or really patient go with with Xen or KVM.

Sorry if this doesn't fit in just thought I would try and save you some frustration later down the road doh.gif
 
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2tb hard drives currently offer best GB per penny but will obviously cost more in first place

Also check out ebuyer the cheapo cases they do are often adequate for most stuff and look reasonably nice
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