I am slowly becoming the server admin at a small not for profit company in the southeast US. Recently in discussions with my boss we felt there was a need for another storage server. Rather than buy one from the OEMs I suggested that I build one. This server will be primarily used for storing the backups of about 12 different physical servers and VMs. I will also use this as a host for a light VM or 2. This machine will sit in my server room with the other servers and networking equipment where we keep it colder than 70°F at all times.
Here it is.
CPU: XEON E3 1230 no need for graphic capabilities to take away from the job at hand
Ram: 16 gb I need the extra ram for my VMs down the road, the host will be 8gb
Mobo: originally went with an MSI Z77A-G41 but the pins were bent so I sent it back and upgraded to an Asus P8B-X which is actually better for my needs with dual networking(needed for hyper-v)
Storage: Samsung SSD for the OS plus 4 two terabyte drives in raid 5 for storage total of 5.46tb
Video: nothing fancy just enough to get the job done
Case: I love NZXT cases and have used them in the past that said, I would not recommend this case to anyone about to build. It lacks an official mount for a ssd and the hard drive caddy does not face the side panel, which made running cables a little bit more time consuming.
Raid Card: High Point Rocket Raid card because neither my boss nor myself trust onboard/software raid enough. The fan cable was three feet long and that is why you can’t see what the back panel looks like.
Server 2012 boots in about 8 seconds