Description

What do you do when you don't use your HTPC for it's intended purpose and have a bunch of hardware sitting around collecting dust? You re-purpose it! That's exactly what this server is. I found myself not using my HTPC at all, as I found myself preferring my Xbox One to use when watching Youtube videos, Netflix, and other apps/games. Yeah, I ditched a PC for an Xbone. The PC itself kept disconnecting from my TV resulting in me having to get up and remove and reinsert the HDMI 2.0 cable every time, and was just a general pain to work with. When gaming, crashes would be frequent. I think a GTX 970 and Pentium were not the best pair. So I said no more.

Now that 970 is thrown in my main rig, and this system is now my 24/7 Server. At the moment, this server runs a Teamspeak Server, and a Plex Server. I have not set up NAS functionality yet. That is on my to do list.

For the most part this is a really standard, and boring build. Stock heat sink, low tier CPU, standard RAM and an okay case.

The fun part however, are the two operating systems. It's dual booted into Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter.

R2 Datacenter costs about $4500 on Newegg.

I got it for free. Same with Windows 10.

Thank you, Microsoft Dreamspark.

c:

Future plans are to get a Cryorig H7 and a spare fan(for redundancy in case one dies at a random point in time while I'm not there), and to mod the PSU to have a Noctua fan in there. The rig is very quiet if you exclude the PSU. The PSU is relatively noisy, it's enough to bug me since I leave the server under my desk where my feet are. I can't hear the front intake fan or the stock heatsink fan, but that PSU is unacceptably loud. So, I shall soon mod a Noctua fan in there once I can. Also, storage upgrades. Probably going to throw in a 1 or 2TB HDD in here to expand some space. I won't be holding any super critical data on this, just leisurely stuff like movies and random files. So I don't feel the need to do RAID or anything. For all my important stuff, I have that set up on a RAID 1 Array on my main PC.

In the future, I might also add another 8GB of RAM and throw in a Xeon E3 -1241 v3 for the fun of it.

Hope you enjoyed!

PS: All hardware prices are reflections of what I paid for them when I bought the parts, all of them(except the case) were bought more than a year ago, and the PSU was bought 2 years ago.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I would Replace the CPU to get a higher value, otherwise i think it is a fine computer that needs a good dust.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a ton for an OS o_O

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Server OS's normally cost a ton, the data center editions are even higher.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How easy was it to overclock the g3258 on that motherboard? I'm doing a g3258 build soon, and would love to have a cheap overclockable motherboard!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Very. When I ran this as my HTPC, it was at 4.4Ghz @1.2V for an entire year. No blue screens. On the current bios on this mobo, the voltage is locked at up to 1.2v. So all I did was set the voltage to that, and then cranked it up as high as it would go. Took me 5 minutes to guess that it was 4.4Ghz.

By the way, that voltage limitation no longer exists on the newer Bios. I just haven't updated to it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Dreamspark FTW! I have a copy of Windows 8 that I'm planning to upgrade to 10, all thanks to Dreamspark.

Sorry to hear that PSU is noisy though. Everything else is pretty sweet. +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build!! Should OC that g3258 :-p

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a little OC'd to 3.6Ghz right now, but it'll be up over 4Ghz once I get a heatsink :L

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!