The Ultimate green windows home server?!?! RRS feed

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  • Currently, I'm running WHS Trial on a 3 year old media center that I pieced together.

     My goal was to create a small low power, higher capacity rig for under $1k. 

    Here's what I think i'm going to go with:

    Case Chenbro 34069

    MB Intel DQ45EK

    PRO Intel Cel 430

    Mem 2g Gskill 667

    HD 2x WD Green 1TB

    DVD Lite-On Slimline DVD Combo

    Total with WHS software, delivered to home in Alaska, is $900

    I know it's not "server" hardware, but it should work good. Any advice is welcome, please.

    Monday, February 9, 2009 7:38 AM

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  • Hi,
    I also used an Intel mainboard for WHS, although with a more powerfull processor.
    Besides some difficulties you may face while installing the drivers for storage and network (since there are none for Windows Server 2003) it works well.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Monday, February 9, 2009 12:34 PM

  • The build looks nice, however I can't help but think that simply buying a HP MediaSmart EX485 would save you some money.  (at the expense of monitor output, but you get a port multiplier)

    If you do like having the flexibility of a build your own system, then perhaps you do things on the server that you wouldn't try on the MediaSmart.  For instance transcode media files (either streaming over the net or for use on PMP).  In that case I suggest you get a dual core processor (i.e. Intel E5200).

    Monday, February 9, 2009 6:02 PM
  • Take a look at this Dell PowerEdge T100 Sever for only $349.00


    Intel Pentium E2200 2.4GHz dual-core processor
    2GB RAM
    two 160GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drives (320GB total)
    Gigabit Ethernet. 
    No OS is included.

    I would just upgrade to larger HDDs. I think it's a good deal!


    Shuttle KPC45 - Intel Celeron 2.0Ghz, 2GB RAM, 2 750GB HDDs
    • Edited by WHS4u Tuesday, February 10, 2009 1:35 AM added link
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 1:34 AM