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Home Server

by schollz

Description

My website and web applications have been able to get ~300-1000 views a day, so I've decided that I should finally invest in a home server instead of just using Raspberry Pis. Since I'm used to Raspberry Pis, I decided that I would only need a system with Ubuntu Server so it could be relatively simple (no video card) - but I would want it with as many cores as possible to take advantage of NGINX workers and the parallelization of my web apps. I also wanted it to be relatively inexpensive, but relatively powerful.

I haven't finished the build (the processor is still on its way), but so far it definitely meets my expectations! Its been pretty easy to keep things neat and tidy thanks to this case. There is a nice little compartment where a lot of cables can be kept (see picture).

Part Reviews

Case

I really like this case - its so nice to be able to remove all the panels from every direction and orient the case in any orientation. I think it has really helped with keeping my cables from turning into a rats nest.

That being said, the PSU installation was not so simple. The directions are extremely concise, which is okay, except it took me about a half hour to figure out how to"Secure the bracket with the case by locking hook". It turns out the hole for the locking hook was nearly impossible to find. I eventually found it between the PSU and the HDD panel which in no way represents the accompanying figure.

Still, I would totally buy this case again! Its pretty well constructed, sturdy, and makes for a really clean build! I recommend.

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dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I not sure if the board can support the FX 8 cores that well

those VRMs are not cooled and will throttle back your CPU even at stock

the bare minimum board i will suggest is the GA-970-UD3P coz it has a 8+2 phase VRMs and it heatsinked

schollz submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks! I don't think that board will fit my case since its ATX and not microATX... Do you know of any microATX boards that have 8+2 phase VRMs? How badly do you think it will throttle back as it is? I still haven't got the processor yet so I can't tell you what its currently doing.

Edit: I started looking into this myself. You're right that the VRMs (I just learned a lot about VRMs) are not cooled and Gigabyte recommends cooling them for overclocking. Since I'm not overclocking, I'm less worried but still worried so I checked Amazon and Newegg. There are 7 people on Amazon and 5 people on Newegg that used this combination with good results (some even overclocked!).

Truenirvana 3 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

This board is actually the most highly recommended mATX AM3+ board for overclocking, as all other mATX AM3+ boards are absolute garbage for those who are actually apart of the 8320 + 8350 community.

schollz submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks! So far its great. I'm not overclocking but I've been doing some huge matrix manipulations on all 8 cores for long periods of time, with no problem.

boss1234100 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago
dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

mATX and AM3+ mobo dont match well since it means skimping on parts esp the VRMs

amazon may have good and bad reviews

but i think it best you need to dig deeper on this model and you see why I dont think it will be good to stick a 8 core to that board

personally the FM2+ mATX are not bad and you will be surprised that the 860K beats the FX8350 in single core performance and multi tread performance for the same clockspeed

http://www.overclock.net/t/1522956/860k-preliminary-results-vs-8320

2cars10 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

you need a graphics card because the fx 8350 dose not have on board video. i think not 100% sure, but remember the fx dose not have integrated graphics

Kovrinic 2 points 46 months ago

The mobo has integrated graphics separate from the CPU so no dedicated GPU is needed. Take note that the integrated graphics is ATI Radeon HD 3000, which is old but works for a server. It can't play much in the way of games.

schollz submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Good point, though right now it's purely Ubuntu server so I can hold off on the graphics card.