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  • Question

  • I want to build a home server but am fairly new to building computers; I have put together a HTPC.  The more reading I do the more undecided I get about what hardware I should use.  At present I have narrowed down my Motherboard and CPU choices:

    ASUS P5K-E or ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP intel p35 chipset

    Intel CORE 2 DUO E4500 2.2G

    CRUCIAL 2GB DDR2 667

    Or

    ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe nvidia nforce 570sli chipset

    ATHLON 64 X2 4000 2.1G

    CRUCIAL 2GB DDR2 667

    And either 3

    WD 500gb WD5000AAKS SATA2 16mb 7200rpm

    Or 3

    WD 750gb WD7500AAKS SATA2 16mb 7200rpm

    I want to make sure that I don’t out grow the hardware in the near future and have a lot of expandability.  What are your thoughts or experiences with this hardware and WHS?

    Many thanks in advance, I really could do with help.

     

    Tuesday, January 1, 2008 3:06 AM

Answers

  • I've just built a desktop machine with a P5K-E/WIFI-AP and had a lot of trouble (specifically, with AHCI).

    I probably wouldn't use the board again (certainly not for a server) and am very glad I went with a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P for our WHS. The other components were as follows:

    Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL4(4-4-4-12)
    Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180
    5 x  Samsung SpinPoint HD501LJ 500GB SATAII Hard Drive 16MB
    Samsung SH-S202J 20X DVD±RW /DL/RAM IDE Int Black Bare Drive - OEM

    Going for an IDE DVD drive meant eight SATA connectors available for hard drives.

    If I were building again tomorrow I would unquestionably go for the GA-P35-DS3P again.
    Wednesday, January 2, 2008 5:55 PM

All replies

  • i built two home servers both with the asus p5m2-e server motherboard. i dont know if the deal is still going on but at newegg the board was only about 120$ with the purchase of WHS oem softwear. i also got the processor your looking at for one and a coolermaster case for about 30$ with the processor combo.

     

    Tuesday, January 1, 2008 4:41 AM
  • I'll second the asus p5m2-e server motherboard.  Already had a E6600 after an upgrade so I liked the stability of the server class board that will take a C2D.

     

    Wednesday, January 2, 2008 12:50 AM
  • I've just built a desktop machine with a P5K-E/WIFI-AP and had a lot of trouble (specifically, with AHCI).

    I probably wouldn't use the board again (certainly not for a server) and am very glad I went with a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P for our WHS. The other components were as follows:

    Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL4(4-4-4-12)
    Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180
    5 x  Samsung SpinPoint HD501LJ 500GB SATAII Hard Drive 16MB
    Samsung SH-S202J 20X DVD±RW /DL/RAM IDE Int Black Bare Drive - OEM

    Going for an IDE DVD drive meant eight SATA connectors available for hard drives.

    If I were building again tomorrow I would unquestionably go for the GA-P35-DS3P again.
    Wednesday, January 2, 2008 5:55 PM
  • I would go for a server class board and ECC RAM.  Or just buy an HP Proliant to run it on - cheaper that you'd think 

    Saturday, March 1, 2008 11:06 PM
  • hiAll

     

    I'm running 24/7 WHS on

    MB Gigabyte GA1100K i875

    2GB ddr 400 cl3

    Hitachi HDD on Raid 0 (ICH5R

    Pentium 4 M 3.2 ghz @ 3.5

     

    isn't definitive config but run fast and silent

     

    Previus y try a MB QDI and XP2400+ SDR133 2GB and Sil680 ATA RAId

    slow

     

     

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008 2:30 PM
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    I am running a Dell Poweredge SC440 with external esata enclosure from CFI.  No problems installing, runs great, consumes 110 watts at peak loads, and 90-100 idle (no power mgmt add-ins installed).  These servers are cheap, and are a great option.
    Monday, March 31, 2008 3:36 PM