Description

The intention for this build was to create a small "server" machine to be used to host the Minecraft server network "CrystalCraftMC". The machine runs around six different Minecraft servers at the same time, hosts a variety of different websites using Apache virtual hosts, and proudly runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

The machine runs off of the Rochester Institute of Technology's network. In an ideal case, this machine never sleeps and is on around the clock, all day.

The building process for this tower was very simple and straightforward. This was my second building experience, but the first that I completed (more or less) without assistance. The MicroATX case and motherboard presented an interesting challenge in terms of space, but with delicate handling, everything fit into place very nicely. There is space on one side of the tower to run cables to make the area in front of the board clean and attractive. On the first try, the computer successfully started up and booted to the BIOS.

I am pleased with all of the parts purchased and I will definitely recommend this part list to others. It could easily be adapted to a personal desktop build by using the integrated graphics of the CPU or purchasing a dedicated GPU.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 6 points

Would not have chosen that PSU, especially for 24/7 operation.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

If the PSU fails chances are it will takes some parts with it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

its true the CX series is not a good choice of psu, but the 430 watts version is the best of all the cx series, and you are clearly exaggerating that it will take all the parts with it. I like to talk with proof...

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=239

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

So true!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't aware of the history with the Corsair PSU. For the time being, I will stick with what I have, but if the time comes where it needs to be replaced, I will make sure to have a PSU that is more apt for 24/7 usage ready. I wasn't aware of this going into my build.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for Linux! Good to know someone other than me is using it, lol. :P

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Linux is what all the cool kids are using !!

"This is the Year of the Linux Desktop" - Quote of Linux advocates since 1995 ....

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I built my current desktop to run Fedora - RHEL seemed like a natural next step for the server. :) I'm a hardcore Linux fan, I couldn't imagine using any other operating system now.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Another vote to get a new psu asap. That thing is not meant to run 24/7 or be pushed.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What brand / model of PSU would you recommend? I will admit that the price had lured me in, and I had Reddit's /r/BuildAPC suggest it to me, so I didn't give it much of a second thought. Seeing these other comments, I would like to have a potential backup in mind if the time were to arise, but I'm not sure what to turn to now and I don't want to make the same mistake twice.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

XFX, Antec, Seasonic, and EVGA P2/B2/G2/GS models are all great choices. The XFX TS 550w 80+ Bronze regularly goes on sale for $27 after rebate on Newegg and Tigerdirect. I hope this helps!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, awesome - those sound good to me and the price is more than negotiable. I will definitely be keeping those in mind.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I would ditch the PSU... Highest fault rate.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Highest failure rate compared to what?

No were near as close as diablotek power supplies.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

... I suppose so, but still has the highest defect (that's what I meant) rate

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Highest defect rate?

Defective and failure usually go hand in hand.

Do you have an information source?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, defective/failure is what I mean, I must be confusing the **** out of everyone sorry. They are prone to being defective and/or failing.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, now I get it. Thanks for the clarification.

  • 49 months ago
  • 0 points

Why the big hard drive? I don't know much about servers. Are you storing personal files or something?

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I needed the 2TB because of a large amount of backups - my Minecraft survival server world is close to ~100GB, and with two months of weekly backups, my hard drive capacity is already at 955GB last time I checked. And an SSD would have been nice, but it was out of my price range and I was concerned about drive failure (which even though the "chances" seem to be low nowadays, it just wasn't a risk I wanted to take).

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  • 49 months ago
  • 0 points

If you plan to run this 24/7, a good start is changing your HDD to something more intended for 24/7 operations such as a Seagate NAS or a Western Digital Red drive of whatever size you desire. I also agree with the choice of ditching that PSU. They come cheap, so I would invest in a more higher wattage PSU, ones that has 80+ gold certified.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

80+ doesn't determine the quality of a power supply.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I will keep that in mind for the hard drive — possibly for future upgrades if / when necessary. And yes, it seems like the PSU is getting widespread hate, so I'm taking suggestions for a better brand / model as a possible replacement in the future.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Cx line is super reliable and the trolls are out in force one person said one thing and the sheep follow. So just ignore them. I've ran servers and Nas devices on them and I can grantee it won't take anything out I've had more evga and Thermaltake failures than anything else I've also used azza power supplies. I don't use seasonic due to extreme overpricedness.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out our website, crystalcraftmc.com, for more info. :)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have free licenses as a student from my university. I was not aware of the issue with the PSU going into the build, but I will have a better PSU in mind if the time ever comes where it needs to be replaced.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I am working on a backup solution as well - for now, I just have an old 1TB external I'm using, but obviously something like a mirrored drive would be preferable. Ideally, this is one of the things I'm aiming at learning! As for the PSU, that looks super nice, but it's a bit out of my current price range - I would have to save up before looking into something like that.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yikes, definitely pricy. Anything that offers similar performance but maybe less wattage?

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And yeah, that seems to be the consensus of many others as well. I'm looking into possible alternatives for a future replacement.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

For what I'm doing, I feel like the motherboard is a fine choice and I haven't run into any issues yet while using my build. However, it seems like the PSU is getting widespread hate, so I am looking into possible alternatives for a future replacement. I was not aware of the reputation of the CX series going in, and I was following the advice of /r/BuildAPC.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd definitely be keen on hearing you recommendations for a PSU that you think would fit this build!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably under $45 max, if possible.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

As stated the tier list has been updated. My biggest problem with it is there are other choices at the same price point that are much better quality. Specifically, the XFX TS Series 550w 80+ Bronze (Seasonic OEM) regularly goes on sale for $26.99 after rebate.

It's just my opinion, but I feel many people, especially first time builders, look at the price of the CX line and think because it's Corsair branded it's ok. The CX line is fine for basic machines or extremely low powered machines, but not for gaming or applications such as this.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's all good! I too have used the CX 430 and the CM450M in a few builds. But with specifics on how it would be used. The only one I have a little regret about is one I sold (with the intent to sell) using a R9 270 gpu. I'm actually looking at the CX 430 for a "freebie" build I may work on for myself as a work station (internet stuff only). The CX line has it's place for sure! Cheers to you too!

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