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lmlavinjr 20 months ago

I want to use this site to create and buy a decent, expandable Home server. I want to use it for all the normal reasons,... Backup, file serving,movie serving, music serving...

I am trying to decide which parts work best together. Am I better off to pick piece by piece, get a barebones server and add memory, CPU and, etc or just purchase an HP or Dell server...

Any help with working configs would be helpful...

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purpletalon 1 point 19 months ago

well since you dont need a godly cpu, just grab a pentium

TechKat 1 point 19 months ago

An old computer lying around can be a server. All you need to do is just add big capacity hard drives and install FreeNAS.

But, if you don't have that: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/TechKat/saved/26t9

I've added a low-profile 8GB Flash Drive because you can install FreeNAS onto there and use it as a boot drive. The 4 drive bays in the case can all be used for the storage drives.

The motherboard has a gigabit ethernet for faster data transfer and RAID capabilities to mirror data over your drives for full protection from data loss. :)

lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 19 months ago

Do I really want to use FreeNAS vs Windows Server 2012/8? I appreciate your selections..

Thanks

TechKat 1 point 19 months ago

Well, you want to just use it for media streaming, right?

FreeNAS is a linux-based operating system which is controlled through the web based management. It has the capabilities to support Linux, Mac and Windows sharing.

lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 18 months ago

Can you please repost your parts list? I am ready to act on it

Thanks

TechKat 1 point 18 months ago

My apologies, I deleted it by mistake hoping you'd seen it already. I'll quickly fire up a fresh one.

lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks muchly... do I need to add a cpu fan to this?

TechKat 1 point 18 months ago

Since it's only a server build, it won't need an aftermarket fan. The CPU box should come with a stock heatsink and it should work just fine.

lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 18 months ago

How bout this build?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/lmlavinjr/saved/2mBF

Do I have to worry about Windows Server 2012 installing on it?

TechKat 1 point 18 months ago

Do you really want to put Windows Server 2012 on it?

lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 18 months ago

Or WIndows 2008

cyanghost109 7 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Do you have any old computers laying around? You could buy some new hard drives and simply load FreeNAS or whatever you'd like. If not, go cheap. A file server doesn't take much. A basic Celeron/Pentium based machine would do the job.

I wouldn't buy from Dell or HP for a number of reasons. Both business wise and politically wise. I don't want to digress too much.

lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 19 months ago

I want something that has 6 drive bays Can do Raid 0/1/5 Can expand to 32GB memory if necessary

will take all current processors.

Thanks

lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 19 months ago

Any other advice for me?

lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 19 months ago

Can I get some opinions on this build?

Too much?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/lmlavinjr/saved/2a0w

philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 19 months ago
lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 19 months ago

Do you have any feedback for this build?

lmlavinjr submitter 1 point 18 months ago

I am considering buying a Dell T110 or a HP Proliant ML310e so I don't have to worry about OS support.....

Thoughts?