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#1 cabigler

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 06:28 PM

Greetings all,

 

I am new to this forum but think it looks pretty good from the bits that I read so far. Anyways I am planning on building my first computer from scratch and want some insight on what hardware I should use. The following is what I am looking for in a build.

 

Functionality:

I want to build a desktop computer that I can use for backups, media storage (with remote access), maybe host a small website and run 2 -3 VM's on it. So I was thinking it would be a hybird normal use computer/server. Is this even possible? If so what hardware would I need to do this?

 

Price:

Price is not a major concern, I mean i dont want to take out a loan for this thing but I also dont want it to not be useful to me down the road.

 

Space/cooling:

Where should I keep this bad boy? Should I build A custom case? House some stuff separate? 

 

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated in advance!

 

Thanks,

CB 

 



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#2 Drillingmachine

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 07:19 AM

So like you want desktop PC that can run 24/7, right? It's possible in case you don't need 99.9% reliability.

 

Also some kind of budget is needed.



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Posted 27 February 2017 - 05:39 PM

Here's what i would buy:

32GB ECC RAM (more if necessary)

Dual Xeon E5-2670s

Dual Socket Motherboard

Dual Psu

Hard Drives

Would you like this in a server chassis or Desktop Case?

Cheaper Option

Dual Xeon E5620

Dual Psu

Motherboard

32GB ECC RAM


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#4 MDD1963

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 04:42 AM

Backups and file serving can be done on an i3 or used/old Pentium IV; the 'host a small website' can easily be done on a Linux lamp stack VM using few resources, or, from Windows using 4 times as many resources. 

 

Certainly an i7-7700K/Z270 with 32GB of RAM should fill your proverbial needs for tinkering with the above.


Edited by MDD1963, 07 March 2017 - 06:30 PM.

Asus Z270A Prime/7700K/32 GB DDR4-3200/GTX1060


#5 jonuk76

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 08:21 AM

I just question whether it is sensible trying to get a desktop to do the tasks you mention? Media serving, backup storage, even simple website hosting could be done (better IMHO) from a headless NAS - either off the shelf or custom built, which you could shut away somewhere and leave on 24/7 with no reboots.  It should be possible to do with a pretty low powered system.  What are the VM's to do, host websites, or are they for your own desktop use?  Are you looking to access the VM's from other devices?


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 06:34 PM

Guess it depends on 'for training' use, or, a genuine workload...

 

There is a difference in hosting a hobby website for 4 people in a family/10 people on a business intranet, vice trying to run/host an internet ordering/sales business like Newegg....

 

It certainly does not take a server to run 24/7, I used to run desktops 24/7 crunching SETI units, and, none ever failed barring a neighborhood power outage in a storm.

 

For 'real world' business hosting, I also recommend a true server.


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