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#1 CHansohn

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:43 PM

I am trying to build a server that is physically small but does what I need it to do.
I want this server to be used for Data storage and also be an SVN server running visual SVN.
The OS I will be running is Windows Server 2008. I will be using it for my own personal use not for a company or business use.

Here is what I was thinking.
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117226
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182239
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108065
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148438

I already own the OS and I have a bunch of SATA II HDD's.
Given what I plan to do with it does anyone have any recommendations/feedback?

CPU = Intel i7 950
Motherboard = Asus P6X58D
RAM = Corsair XMS3 DDR3 6X 2GB
Power Supply = Corsair AX1200W
Graphics Card = GTX 580 2-way SLI


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#2 rotor123

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:52 PM

One thought I have is that some of those slimline cases do not use a standard size power supply. Not ATX or Micro ATX which can make replacing a dead power supply difficult.
Not to mention some of them can be very limiting in how many drives they will support. Not to mention finding a low profile card if you need one. Standard size cards are easier to find and have many more choices.
I notice that the case you picked can hold a total three 3.5 drives if you use the floppy bay for one.

If it were me I'd get a regular case that takes standard size cards and ATX power supply. Just make sure the case can hold all the drives you want to install or may need to use in the future.

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#3 CHansohn

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:58 PM

Ok thanks for the info.
Does the computer hardware look good to you? I'm hoping that the only upgrading I'll need to do is adding HDD's and replacing parts that go bad.

CPU = Intel i7 950
Motherboard = Asus P6X58D
RAM = Corsair XMS3 DDR3 6X 2GB
Power Supply = Corsair AX1200W
Graphics Card = GTX 580 2-way SLI


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:00 PM

You'll need to define

I'm hoping that the only upgrading I'll need to do is adding HDD's


If you mean add to the ones already in the case then that will be a problem as most smaller cases can not hold a lot of drives.

It looks like that motherboard can handle a maximum of 6 drives including the DVD drive.

I'd go here and make sure that the CPU is listed as a supported processor.
http://www.supermicro.com/

I'd go here and make sure that is the memory crucial recommends for that motherboard.
http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

One other thought maybe a Intel Server Motherboard?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:27 PM

I agree with rotor...ditch the case you selected it will become a real headache. Better to use something like the following:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811128047

with

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029

While I understand your desire to keep it small with a server more space is better. For a second reason to get a bigger case would be to dump the microATX board. In my experience they are under performers and decent full size atx boards can be had for a similar price like this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182210

As a final word of warning please please please check the server 2008 hardware compatability list. I have found out the hard way in the past that 64 bit and new hardware does not equal a working server in the end.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 09:25 AM

A bigger case would be my choice. They give you more options on what you can put in there and how easy you can do it. Choosing a bigger case will improve your cooling and give you options of improving cooling even more if needed. With a Xeon cpu I would choose a Intel mother board and their are several to choose from.
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/server-motherboards/server-board.html
Storage computers don't have to work all that fast but they do have to work long and strong so I would pick parts from the power supply in for reliability. I took me months of research to choose the parts in my computer. I would also use a quality power supply of at least 650W with the proper amps required. This will allow you if needed in the future to add things to your computer without updating your power supply. It will also run cooler because you will not be working the power supply to it's upper end. Power supplies that work in their range put out a smoother supply of volts/amps (less distortion) which everything else in your computer will like.




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