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Hey guys can you guys look over my mATX server and give me some feedback.

Hardware:

Case: Aywun A1-101-MICRO - $43.00
CPU: ATHLON II X2 240 - $79.00
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1T x2 (starting small) - $68.00ea
RAM: A-RAM 4GB KIT (2 x 2GB) DDR3 PC-10600 - $54.00
MB: ASRock 880GM-LE - $89.00
OS: WHS

All prices in AUD. Links are to the site I will be buying the components from.

Thanks
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post #2 of 4
It looks pretty good, it certainly has enough power for the server job.

I'm gonna give just two suggestions depending on the intended usage model:
*if you need just a headless server (file server, data duplication, etc) an AMD E-350 may be just as good while consuming less
*if you need it to do HTPC duties maybe an Athlon x3 may be better for not much more $$ as it should be able to power a few HD streams, while not costing much more.

And last (but not least) you should search for a case with a lower wattage PSU, check out the link in the sig.

Cheers
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The server will be used for file sharing for my 3 computers + the 2 xbox 360's in the house. So i think it will be headless?(i think?) And I understand what you are saying about the PSU. What rated PSU would you suggest?
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How many HDDs do you envision yourself going to in the future? That case only has three HDD spots, and anything above 3 drives you would need 5¼" drive bay adapters. On the expensive side Lian Li has the new PC-A05 series which is micro ATX and has seven HDD bays. I've also seen plenty of cheap mATX no-name brand cases with 4 HDD bays and even some with 5.

For PSU the ones that come with cases usually (but not always) aren't that great. The reason is that they are usually what's called "overrated" meaning they claim to put out let's say 450W but in reality they can only do half of that. You can try posting a query in the PSU forum here for some suggestions. A rule of thumb for figuring out what wattage PSU you need (in real watts, not fake "overrated" watts) is to give each HDD 15W and then go with the TDP of the CPU, and then add 20W for the motherboard. That would be peak power draw so you want the PSU to be able to do that. Typical operation might be 1/3 that.
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