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Linux Home-Server (for virtualization)

by gunfus


This will be the replacement of my new Linux home server, where I run: - a RAID system - 2xCCTV (zoneminder) - a AmazonS3 rsync backup service - Apache2 for internal hosting - File Server - A print server - Build server for my own projects - (NEW) several vbox to play around with

The old server was over 6 years old. Still working okay, but lately running out of space and usage of zoneminder has increase the CPU load.

Part Reviews


Excellent CPU. Good value.

CPU Cooler

Is good, and cooling my CPU nicely. But had to go online to find the instructions on to use it for a LBA 1151 socket, the attached instructions didn't have the note saying (use the same configuration as with older CPUs) although I knew the sockets had change very little. I like to confirm everything. The instructions could had also been better on how to install, the thing is HUGE and is hard to not move it around and smudge the cooling paste


Love the motherboard lots of space of HDD, and memory. Seems powerful and the bios has tons of options for overclocking

Power Supply

Would had preffered the modular, but not to blow the budget anymore I had to stay with this one. The extra cables can be hidden away depending on the case you get.

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DuckyShine 6 points 41 months ago

The 6100 seems to be a pretty good cpu. I joke about corsair psu's sometimes but honestly I've never heard of one failing and I suspect most other people haven't either. They just repeat what they've read online.

dodgingdoge 2 points 41 months ago

I actually have a CX 750 because I didn't really research the PSU, but I've had mostly no issues on my rig. My rig consists of a GTX 970 and an i5 6600k, honestly most people haven't used the power supply and trust whatever they hear online.

RubberDuckyNinja 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Actually, it is pretty good. Just beware if you try to overclock. :D

fn230 9 Builds 3 points 41 months ago

I like it. For that price point, and for what you're doing with it, it seems to be a good value. I'm sure you're going to get flak for the PSU, but this isn't a gaming machine, so I don't think it'll be an issue.

+1 because home server and Linux. What distribution is it?

gunfus submitter 1 Build 4 points 41 months ago

Some version of ubuntu.. my old server was ubuntu-server, but I think I will up this one to some graphical interface... I installed ubuntu already, I played around around with ubuntu-mate but it is still too new and I am uncertain of where it will go. I like to stay on main stream and LTS for longevity.

fn230 9 Builds 3 points 41 months ago

Smart choice, you should always stick with the LTS releases when using Ubuntu, unless you have a good reason for not doing so. Especially since this is going to be a server.

Mailstorm 3 points 41 months ago

Why a dual core for a esxi/proxmox/xen host?

gunfus submitter 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

This is i3-6100 supports VT-x and VT-d which are both technology for virtualization from intel. http://ark.intel.com/products/90729/Intel-Core-i3-6100-Processor-3M-Cache-3_70-GHz

or you talking about something else? Can you give me an example of a CPU that you had in mind?

Mailstorm 2 points 41 months ago

Just the fact that is a "quad" core will limit how much you can do. If you are just going to be running what you have listed you will be a little below ok. I would of saved for a E3-1230v3. It's another $100 but you could do sooo much more with it.

Also, would of been cheaper to buy a 16GB kit. Would of saved $15 or so.

gunfus submitter 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

I am glad that we agree. Yeah.. Xeons where my first options but I already blew the budget.. so it is all a balance.

I did actually bought the combo for 16gb.. I just didn't find it listed. The parts I actually got them all from canadacomputers.

Happyville101 0 points 41 months ago

alas, welcome to the world of multi-threading

Intel Virtual Cores (TM)

Mailstorm 2 points 41 months ago

2 real cores, 4 threaded cores. I know what it is.

Point is, if he wants to do more than what he has, he's going to run into problems.

Moeztar 2 points 41 months ago

inb4 PSU hate.

gunfus submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Out of curiosity, what PSU would you have gone for..?

Moeztar 1 point 41 months ago

I'm not experienced with PSUs, I just mentioned that because of what people say about Corsair CX PSUs.

mikat 1 point 37 months ago

seasonic M12 II

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sponix 6 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Always good to see more Linux !!

yunggamer03 1 point 38 months ago

You could've got a 2x4 8GB for cheaper price but good build

DS4130 3 Builds -1 points 41 months ago

Cool server box. Must say, and it's not hate as such, and also understand it's a low power build but for 24/7 operation I would not have chosen that PSU..

gunfus submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Out of curiosity, what PSU would you have gone for..?

DS4130 3 Builds -1 points 41 months ago

Probably a 400 Watt Seasonic OEM, depending on budget constraints really..

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 0 points 38 months ago

I don't understand why you got downvoted, your comment makes sense.

Happyville101 -1 points 41 months ago

Although good for small builds, i don't think i like the CX on a 24/7 server.

DS4130 3 Builds 0 points 41 months ago

Exactly right, who has downvoted us on this more than reasonable opinion?