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  • Hi Every one,  I currently had my WHS PP3 ran on Intel C2Q Q6600 and 8 2TB HDD with 700 OCZ ModXtrem PSU.  I ran my server 24/7. and seem it been eating alot of power, my electronic bill every month above 170$.

    I would like to rebuild the WHS. with i3 2100 or i3 2100t. what will be recommand the PSU to support up to 12 X 2TB HDD. my mainly purpose. storing and sharing video and music contents via LAN. 

    I bought the i3 2100 at micro center for 99$ already. with 4GB DDR3 Coirsar from frys over the weekend after rebate is $30.00. 

    What I want my build not too powerfull but able to stream all BlueRay and .H264 video contents multiple Device (4X WDTV live Plus, 4X Desktop PC and 3X laptop)

     

    • Changed type kariya21Moderator Saturday, April 30, 2011 11:05 PM not a technical question
    Monday, April 18, 2011 3:40 PM

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  • If I understand correctly the client does the transcoding in WHS 2011 so you shouldn't need a robust processor. If you're wondering what's eating so much electricity, it's probably the hard drives. Try going with the Western Digital Caviar Green drives, that's what I use.
    Monday, April 18, 2011 9:13 PM
  • Previously my WHS System has follow compoment.

    DELL XPS 410

    upgraded to following and used at WHS

    Intel C2Q Q6600

    Nvidia 7950 GX2

    OCZ PSU 700WATT

    1X 250GB WD Black

    8X 2TB Green Power WD

    On 24/7 DL contents via Internet,

    Streaming Movie  WDTV,

    Client Device does all transcoding.  WHS only Act like NAS (storage Device Only)

    Plan to rebuild device follwing compoment.

    i3 2100 or i3 2100T

    Asus Mobo P8H67-m LE B3

    1X 250GB WD Black

    8X 2TB Green Power WD

    Streaming moive via WDTV live Plus Device. Client device will does all transcoding. all will be HD movies and BlueRay.

    Will that work perfect or I would have to get better processor? I want some thing can does all this but also lower the energy cost.

    I know there alot of expert in this forum, based on the above hardware should I go for 400Watt or 500Watt PSU. and will that saving me alot of Electric.

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:46 AM
  • As to power supply, it really doesn't matter much whether it is 400, 500, 600 watts, etc.  That is only the rating of max current draw.  It will only use what the equipment is drawing.  What is more important is the energy efficiency of the power supply.  Go with an active PFC, 80+ certified and you will be running efficiently.

    This is what I'm using

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

    At idle, my WHS (Atom 525 board) and 7 connected hard drives (two IDE, five SATA, with one being a 2.5 inch notebook drive for the system), pulls 49 watts.


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
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    <Briannguyen30> wrote in message news:b98ec3fd-13b2-4530-b961-5c3cf652a017@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    Previously my WHS System has follow compoment.

    DELL XPS 410

    upgraded to following and used at WHS

    Intel C2Q Q6600

    Nvidia 7950 GX2

    OCZ PSU 700WATT

    1X 250GB WD Black

    8X 2TB Green Power WD

    On 24/7 DL contents via Internet,

    Streaming Movie WDTV,

    Client Device does all transcoding. WHS only Act like NAS (storage Device Only)

    Plan to rebuild device follwing compoment.

    i3 2100 or i3 2100T

    Asus Mobo P8H67-m LE B3

    1X 250GB WD Black

    8X 2TB Green Power WD

    Streaming moive via WDTV live Plus Device. Client device will does all transcoding. all will be HD movies and BlueRay.

    Will that work perfect or I would have to get better processor? I want some thing can does all this but also lower the energy cost.

    I know there alot of expert in this forum, based on the above hardware should I go for 400Watt or 500Watt PSU. and will that saving me alot of Electric.








    BullDawg
    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 3:10 AM
  • As to power supply, it really doesn't matter much whether it is 400, 500, 600 watts, etc. That is only the rating of max current draw. It will only use what the equipment is drawing. What is more important is the energy efficiency of the power supply. Go with an active PFC, 80+ certified and you will be running efficiently.
     
    This is what I'm using
     
    <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033>
    I looked at Earhwatts CPU's when I huilt my WHS V1 system, but I was concerned with various reports that they did not play nice with UPS units.
     
    In the end I went with CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX (450W), which I am very happy with (though I see it is out of stock at Newegg right now).
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:11 AM
  • This is what I'm using with my Earthwatts.  Have experienced no problems since June 2009.

    Model: Back-UPS ES 750
    Serial number: "Blanked"
    Firmware revision:  841.I3 .D
    USB firmware revision: I3
    Result of last manual self-test: Passed
    Last manual self-test date: 4/7/2011
    Last battery replacement: 6/11/2009
    CPU: Intel  Pentium
    RAM: 2,048  MB
    Free disk space: 10,421  MB
    Software version: PowerChute Personal Edition  2.0
    Operating system: Microsoft Windows 2003 (5.2.3790)


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
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    <davewilk [MVP]> wrote in message news:f9961d46-2501-4609-af38-4adaff36b162@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    As to power supply, it really doesn't matter much whether it is 400, 500, 600 watts, etc. That is only the rating of max current draw. It will only use what the equipment is drawing. What is more important is the energy efficiency of the power supply. Go with an active PFC, 80+ certified and you will be running efficiently.

    This is what I'm using

    <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033>

    I looked at Earhwatts CPU's when I huilt my WHS V1 system, but I was concerned with various reports that they did not play nice with UPS units.

    In the end I went with CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX (450W), which I am very happy with (though I see it is out of stock at Newegg right now).


    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP


    BullDawg
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:42 AM
  • Ditto BullDawg, 

     

    PSU is only max rating, and most CPUs with x64 capabilities should be fine. i3 is good for power draw and performance trade off. Perhaps get a Motherboard with on-board graphics? You could also swap out the 2x 250GB disks for a 1 x 500 GB, save a bit of energy there. Are you using all the space on the 8 x 2TB disks? Perhaps only add them when needed?  As 2011 has no drive extender, the disks will not be used until there is data to put on them!

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:11 PM
  • I have also ran a UPS on WHS since the beginning of WHS and never had an issue. I run mine with the same software but the unit is a Smart UPS - 1500, works great.
     

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    Don

    This is what I'm using with my Earthwatts.  Have experienced no problems since June 2009.

    Model: Back-UPS ES 750
    Serial number: "Blanked"
    Firmware revision:  841.I3 .D
    USB firmware revision: I3
    Result of last manual self-test: Passed
    Last manual self-test date: 4/7/2011
    Last battery replacement: 6/11/2009
    CPU: Intel  Pentium
    RAM: 2,048  MB
    Free disk space: 10,421  MB
    Software version: PowerChute Personal Edition  2.0
    Operating system: Microsoft Windows 2003 (5.2.3790)

    BullDawg
    In God We Trust

    Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:19 AM
  • I looked at Earhwatts CPU's when I huilt my WHS V1 system, but I was concerned with various reports that they did not play nice with UPS units.
     
    In the end I went with CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX (450W), which I am very happy with (though I see it is out of stock at Newegg right now).
    Of course I meant Earthwatts PSU's (power supply) here.
     
    I was bothered by reviews such as this one
     
    http://www.amazon.com/review/RJK7O8CBLCVPT
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:41 AM
  • My setup draws about 46 watts idling, at wall socket:

    Chenbro ES34069 case w 120W PSU

    Core i5-650

    Zotac Mini-ITX board w USB3 ports (not sure of product name)

    8GB DDR3-1333

    2.5" 120GB laptop SATA boot drive.

    4x SATA drives mixed WD Green and Seagate 5900RPM

    Running 2008R2 SP1 Hyper-V Server as OS with 3 guest OSes:

    • Virtual WHS 2011 RC
    • Virtual 2008R2 SP1 as web server
    • Virtual 2008R2 SP1 as Team Foundation Server

    Hard drives are set to spin down after 5 minutes.

    The i5-650, when set to Balanced power profile, stays at 1.2 GHz unless load is quite heavy. Performance setting makes it much more power hungry.

    The main advantage of i5 over i3 is hyperthreading, if I recall correctly. From what I have gathered from various CPU tests, power consumption at idle should be roughtly equal.

    The WHS VM is set to use 2.5 GB memory. The other two VMs use the dynamic memory feature introduced in SP1, they seems to hover around 1.3 GB mem usage each. When I move to WHS RTM I can hopefully use dynamic memory on the WHS VM as well (does anybody know if RTM supports that?).

    Peak load is about 85-90W so there is some margin.

    Since WHS is a VM I can use any size boot drive and set up a dynamically expanding virtual hard drive to install WHS on.




    Saturday, April 23, 2011 7:55 PM