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WHS server for $89.99! RRS feed

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  • That's what I spent to build mine (after rebates). I had some other hardware parts I wasn't using (case, ps, hd, dvd).

     

    But what I didn't have was a motherboard, CPU, and memory. And since the RC was going to be my first look at WHS I didn't want to spend much.

     

    After some looking around at newegg.com I found what I was looking for. A micro ATX motherboard with video, gigabit ethernet, support for 4 PATA drives, 4 SATA 3GB/s drives, 8 USB 2.0 ports, etc. Using the Nvidia 6150 northbridge and Nforce 430 southbridge. In a combo deal with an Athlon 64 3400+ and 512MB DDR 400 memory. All for the give away price of $89.99 (after rebates).

     

    The hardware has worked out very well. The Athlon 64 3400+ seems to have plenty of power. I added a new hard drive and took a look at the CPU usage by DE migration for a while. It was peaking at around 15 percent!

     

    I've always built computers using Intel CPUs and chipsets. But current market conditions make the Athlon 64 CPUs and motherboards tremendous bargins. And these are very good CPUs. 

     

    You can even pick up a socket AM2 Nvidia 7025/Nforce 630a and Athlon 64 X2 4000+ for about $125. That's a lot of power for very little money.

     

    In my opinion, one of the above micro ATX boards and Athlon 64 CPUs are the perfect choice for building your WHS computer.

     

    Sunday, July 15, 2007 11:52 PM

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  • Hi Warren,

    Congrats on the find.
    Just curious though, what is the actual Motherboard? Manufacturer, Model, etc. A link would be handy if you've got one.

    Cheers,
    Decipher.
    Monday, July 16, 2007 1:21 AM
  •  Deciphered wrote:

    Congrats on the find.
    Just curious though, what is the actual Motherboard? Manufacturer, Model, etc. A link would be handy if you've got one.

     

    The motherboard is a Foxconn 6150BK8MC-KRSHN2. It was one of four Nvidia certified business platform motherboards in 2006. The newegg.com link is below. With a price reduction and rebate the board itself is currently only $39.99!

     

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186115

    Monday, July 16, 2007 2:14 AM
  • I got mine for $0. lol

    All old hardware.

    1GB PC3200
    AMD (think Duron) 900
    GeForce4 Ti4200
    Some semi-old Abit mobo
    5x harddrives ranging from 200-300GB

    Actually, I spent $25 on the case. Wasnt planning on using it but did anyways. Antec SLK1650

    http://computing.kelkoo.co.uk/sbs/100216323/11404125.html

    Newegg.com was selling them for $75. Got 2 brand new from some guy off Craigslist Smile
    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 5:45 PM
  •  TheKLB wrote:
    I got mine for $0. lol

    All old hardware.

    1GB PC3200
    AMD (think Duron) 900
    GeForce4 Ti4200
    Some semi-old Abit mobo
    5x harddrives ranging from 200-300GB

    Actually, I spent $25 on the case. Wasnt planning on using it but did anyways. Antec SLK1650

    http://computing.kelkoo.co.uk/sbs/100216323/11404125.html

    Newegg.com was selling them for $75. Got 2 brand new from some guy off Craigslist

     

    Your hardware doesn't even meet minimum requirements for the RC. Sad

    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 6:26 PM
  • It works though Smile

    Just need to upgrade that cpu.
    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 6:52 PM
  •  TheKLB wrote:
    It works though

    Just need to upgrade that cpu.

     

    It'll be unsupported until you do. Wink

     

    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 9:08 PM