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...
well since you dont need a godly cpu, just grab a pentium
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.
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.
Any other advice for me?
Can I get some opinions on this build?
This topic has been moved from "General > General Discussion" to "Systems > Part List Opinions Wanted".
Do you have any feedback for this build?
I am considering buying a Dell T110 or a HP Proliant ML310e so I don't have to worry about OS support.....
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. :)
Do I really want to use FreeNAS vs Windows Server 2012/8? I appreciate your selections..
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.
Can you please repost your parts list? I am ready to act on it
My apologies, I deleted it by mistake hoping you'd seen it already. I'll quickly fire up a fresh one.
Thanks muchly... do I need to add a cpu fan to this?
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.
How bout this build?
Do I have to worry about Windows Server 2012 installing on it?
Do you really want to put Windows Server 2012 on it?
Or WIndows 2008