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Recommendation for CPU for WHS (Dual Core?) RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am on a limited budget for my WHS. I started to build it in an old Shuttle box, but I realized I need external drive adapters, etc to fit all four 1TB drives I have. And would prefer not to do that.

    I am configuring the following, some of which I have, some which is new:

    ASRock A780LM AM2/AM2+ Motherboard with 6 SATA ports, Gigabit Ethernet
    Silverstone SG01 Sugo Case (like SFF, fits 4 HDD's no problem + 1 if I rig it)
    2x1GB DDR2 800 MHz
    Antec Earthwatts 430W PSU
    4 x 1TB WD Caviar drives

    Now for the CPU, here's my options:

    AMD LE-1640 2.7GHz Single Core 45W L1 Cache 128KB / L2 Cache 512KB = $27
    AMD LE-1660 2.8GHz Single Core 45W L1 Cache 128KB / L2 Cache 1024KB = $32
    AMD Althon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 65W L1 Cache 128KB + 128KB / L2 Cache 512KB + 512KB = $54

    I plan on using it for backing up and storage for six pc's total plus streaming video and music to X360 and PC, and of course remote access for file storage.

    Is a single core effective for a WHS for these kinds of tasks?

    Thanks!
    Friday, July 17, 2009 11:19 PM

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  • I am on a limited budget for my WHS. I started to build it in an old Shuttle box, but I realized I need external drive adapters, etc to fit all four 1TB drives I have. And would prefer not to do that.

    I am configuring the following, some of which I have, some which is new:

    ASRock A780LM AM2/AM2+ Motherboard with 6 SATA ports, Gigabit Ethernet
    Silverstone SG01 Sugo Case (like SFF, fits 4 HDD's no problem + 1 if I rig it)
    2x1GB DDR2 800 MHz
    Antec Earthwatts 430W PSU
    4 x 1TB WD Caviar drives

    Now for the CPU, here's my options:

    AMD LE-1640 2.7GHz Single Core 45W L1 Cache 128KB / L2 Cache 512KB = $27
    AMD LE-1660 2.8GHz Single Core 45W L1 Cache 128KB / L2 Cache 1024KB = $32
    AMD Althon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 65W L1 Cache 128KB + 128KB / L2 Cache 512KB + 512KB = $54

    I plan on using it for backing up and storage for six pc's total plus streaming video and music to X360 and PC, and of course remote access for file storage.

    Is a single core effective for a WHS for these kinds of tasks?

    Thanks!

    I would think a single core would be enough if you don't stray into "unsupported" territory, athough I personally have a dual-core (and, frankly, for an extra 20 bucks, I would just bite the bullet).
    Saturday, July 18, 2009 12:07 AM
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  • I'm getting the dual core. I'm just really trying to stay within budget this time around. I usually go well over what I intended, not making the Mrs. too happy.
    Saturday, July 18, 2009 1:06 PM
  • I'm getting the dual core. I'm just really trying to stay within budget this time around. I usually go well over what I intended, not making the Mrs. too happy.

    IMO, 20 dollars isn't "well over" a budget.  If nothing else, skip a couple cups of Starbucks coffee and you're even.  :)
    Saturday, July 18, 2009 2:45 PM
    Moderator
  • A single core processor over 2Ghz is good enough I have a 1.7ghz single core processor in mine and mine runs perfectly well
    HMG
    Saturday, July 18, 2009 6:37 PM
  • I'm getting the dual core. I'm just really trying to stay within budget this time around. I usually go well over what I intended, not making the Mrs. too happy.

    IMO, 20 dollars isn't "well over" a budget.  If nothing else, skip a couple cups of Starbucks coffee and you're even.  :)
    No, but spending $400 in hard drives is about how much I said I'd spend IN TOTAL! LOL.
    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:55 PM
  • A single core processor over 2Ghz is good enough I have a 1.7ghz single core processor in mine and mine runs perfectly well
    HMG
    It seems the Atom WHS hardware is sufficient for most purposes too. I also started thinking about power consumption. Oh well, I already ordered it, and the cost to return ship will outweigh any savings anyhow. 

    I'm assuming WHS manages hard drive and system power relatively well (as in sleeping hardware as necessary)?
    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 4:00 PM