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Hi,

I'd like to build a really small server that doesn't take up alot of space and is not very heavy. I will be using it for a file sharing server as well as using it 24/7 so I don't want it to make the electricity bill higher. I will also be using it to download large files over night etc. Maybe use it for a gaming server when I get into PC gaming.

Are these components good enough for what I want?
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel...667-SATA-3Gb-s
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-C...d-CAS-5-5-5-15
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Compu...-with-120W-PSU
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-H...16MB-Cache-HDD
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/LiteO...lack-Bare-SATA

Would I need the optical drive to install the OS or can I totally leave it out?

Thanks for any help! (+rep).
 

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You can format a usb drive and install your OS that way.
That's not a bad idea. Thanks for the advice and link. +rep.
 

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for the optical drive you could just take the one out of a computer u already have and jsut "barrow" it for a day on the server to install every thing and stuff. because once its running you can just use a network drive or dare i say it.... a virtual drive.
 
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Great, thanks for the help, both +rep'd.

Anyone else who can help me with the hardware?
 

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If you are concerned about power usage just get your hands on a NAS. If you want a PC you can use an OS like FreeNAS. But if you want to leave it open and download, backup and maybe host games. You need a PC.

You don't need a power house though. Take a loook at my servers. None are big bad machines. But they all work perfectly without a single problem.
 

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Your build is perfect for what you will use it for, like a prevous poster has said you dont really need an optical drive once it is set up. For the HDD I would have used a WD Cavair Green which spins at 5400rpm when idling and is really power efficient; grab a 640GB one while you can still find them, or the 1TB one is just as good.

Mini-ITX cases tend to be overpriced especially new, unless you absolutely need to conserve space, you can always find a used mATX case w/ PSU for almost nothing.

Another possible solution is to find a used E5200 and mATX G31 mobo (GA-G31M-ES2C, P5KPL-CM, etc), which should cost about the same or less than your atom board and from what I have seen their idle power consumption is about on par however the E5200 will allow a lot of other things to be done on the server should you need it.
 

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Your build looks good for simple file sharing and low CPU usage tasks. Just don't expect a whole lot of horsepower from the Atom CPU. If you want a little more speed with a little more power usage, check out the 45w AMDs.

I agree with getting a WD Caviar Green drive. I'm currently running 2 of the RE2 models in my Windows Home Server machine. The RE line is the enterprise models that are designed for 24x7 usage. They're hard to find in the Green edition but they're out there and I can't say enough good things about them.
 
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