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So I have about $300 to build a server and this is what I came up with. What would you change? I have an extra TB drive and I was going to make it an open case build so I don't need a case. For the OS I'm going to install a distro of linux.

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if it's a server i wouldn't get a case.
get the core i3-560 because it has L2 cache and the i3-550 doesn't.
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if it's a server i wouldn't get a case.
get the core i3-560 because it has L2 cache and the i3-550 doesn't.
Good call, didn't even notice that.
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Originally Posted by JuStIn871 View Post
if it's a server i wouldn't get a case.
get the core i3-560 because it has L2 cache and the i3-550 doesn't.
Lol how does it have a L3 cache without L2 cache?

i3 processors have 2 x 32KB of L1 cache for data and instructions (128KB total), 2 x 256KB of L2 cache (512KB total) and shared 1 x 4MB of L3 cache.
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Just a thought, an H67+i3-2100 build will probably cost the same as H55+i3-550. Power consumption seems to be even lower on the H67+i3-2100 which is nice if you plan on running the server 24/7.
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If you're just going to use it for file storage just go with an Atom ...
    
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Originally Posted by IBuyJunk View Post
If you're just going to use it for file storage just go with an Atom ...
Atom's a bad idea if you're planning on installing a bunch of drives. Not because of the lack of CPU power but because of chipset limitations. The chipset that ships with Atom only comes with 2x SATA2 3.0Gbps slots and is based off of ICH7, I believe. Zacate would be a nice fit for a low power file server, though.

@kschat
By the way, have you considered buying pre-built? HP makes a pretty nice, tiny, low power server that has pretty good Linux support:
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post #8 of 14
I wouldn't go Intel at all.

Athlon II X2 + 760G mobo + 4GB Value DDR3 will cost half of what you have listed, which will give you cash for more drives and a case (really not a good idea to run caseless when you have a few HDDs involved).
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I wouldn't go Intel at all.

Athlon II X2 + 760G mobo + 4GB Value DDR3 will cost half of what you have listed, which will give you cash for more drives and a case (really not a good idea to run caseless when you have a few HDDs involved).
Sempron 140 would be bit cheaper and can be unlocked
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Sempron 140 would be bit cheaper and can be unlocked
Might be unlockable...

For the price difference it doesn't seem worth the risk for this (to me at least). If you fancy a triple or quad on the cheap than a Phenom X2 is a decent bet, but betting on unlocking a Sempron to save $10 isn't worth it IMO.

But then again a Sempron 140 is more than capable of performing all these server roles, so maybe it isn't really a risk anyway...
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