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Old June 21, 2010, 07:43 PM
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Hey guys:

I am thinking of building a new WHS that is ITX based and need some suggestions: My current one is mATX 775 and is in an Antec P183 that i am not using to its max ability. too much space for me.

1) The WHS must be relatively quiet, power efficient, relatively small case that can hold at least 6 hd's @ 2TB each, etc

Was thinking:
Zotac H55/intel h55 itx board with i3-530 (i assume that i can expand via esata to nas storage if i have to later on and that i can undervolt if i have to)

2 gb ram
PSU ??
Case? li lian q08
pcie slot to be used for sata card?

WHS is used to back up 3 pc's, serve up HD movies (Blu ray rips @22GB), serve up 3 small personal websites with very low traffic.
Any help is greatly appreciated
Budget - for everything but Harddrives should be $3-400?? give or take

last point would be that it should be capable of VAIL when released - which I see no reason why it wont.




Here is what i am planning to get:
Case: Li lian Q08
mobo: Intel DH57JG
cpu: Core i3 - 530
Ram: 2GB
psu: Cosair Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX 140mm fan - existing item (will it work?)
pci-x: need a recommendation on a good 4 port sata card that also has a esata for a port multiplier or a good 4 port sata card where i can use 1 internal sata port to be an esata port that again has port multiplier.
HDD's: 7 WD 2TB drives (i plan to use the 5.25" slot for the 7th 3.5" HDD


let me know what you guys think.

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Old June 21, 2010, 07:59 PM
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If interested, go grab an 1156 Xeon CPU. same as Core i3/i5 but with Hyperthreading
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can u send me a link to where i can buy it, whats the power rating
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Old June 21, 2010, 08:40 PM
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If you wanna pay the $100+ premium, than here you go : NCIX.com - Buy Intel Xeon X3440 Quad Core Processor LGA1156 2.53GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 95W Retail Box - BX80605X3440 In Canada.
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Old June 21, 2010, 09:12 PM
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i think i will stick with core i3
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you may want to look at giga's offering as well, theres reports of monster clocks.
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Old June 22, 2010, 08:51 AM
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The i3 will work great as realistically for a home server, raw unlimited cpu power isn't necessary & the i3 should be more than enough.

I would include these two itx H55 based motherboards to your list though, specially if you ever want to overclock that i3. I have listed them in order of preference.

Gigabyte H55N-USB3
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Mini ITX LGA1156 H55 DDR3 1PCI-E16 DVI HDMI Sound GBLAN eSATA USB3.0 Motherboard - GA-H55N-USB3 In Canada.

ECS (Shown here bundled with an i3-530)
Buy the ECS P55H-CM w/ Ci3 530 CPU at TigerDirect.ca

Personally I would choose the Gigabyte board being that it has USB3, can overclock that i3 very nicely & is Ultra Durable 3 model. Problem is it only has 4 internal SATA ports, no RAID (Intel H55 lacks this), & 1 eSATA port. The Zotac has 6 internal SATA, WiFi but lacks USB3 & RAID (H55 Chipset Limitation).

Btw, the Intel DH57JG is based on the H57 chipset which supports RAID but only has 4 SATA ports & 1 eSATA. In addition to this overclocking options are very limited on this motherboard.

None of the boards listed have a pci slot for a possible sata RAID addon card btw.

The Lian Li case specs list that it will fit 6 hard drives & even if it does given it's size, good airflow would be a must. I really like this case though. Looking again at it's construction it seems that 6 hard drives would fit without much problem.

I like this build & have been considering a build like this for my everyday Linux workstation. As a server it will be great, just be wary of the itx & H55 based board limitations specially considering the number of hard drives you wish to use.
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the intel board has a pci-e slot for a sata card\
usually intel nic is better than realtek which is i picked that board.

i don think i will be doing any overclocking....so the intel board based on pci-e,nic and esata for port multiplier.

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I keep recommending the Supermicro Atom X7SPA motherboard.
An Atom D510 is more than enough to run WHS (throw a 1GB or 2GB DDR2 SODIMM 200pin chip in - $40.)

Super Micro Computer, Inc. - Products | Motherboards | Pineview Boards | X7SPA-HF

The motherboard has dual Intel gigabit NICs, 6x SATA ports and Integrated IPMI. (iKVM) Even though WHS is headless, I have had to connect a monitor a few times when adding / removing drives (etc). It does have a passive heatsink, but most recommend throwing a fan near it (low rpm = low noise) and it's extremely low power and cost effective.

The MB/CPU combo is $225 on the egg, which is about the same than whatever else you were looking at ($100 MB + i3 CPU)
Newegg.ca - SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-HF-O Mini ITX Intel Atom D510 processor Server Motherboard
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I keep recommending the Supermicro Atom X7SPA motherboard.
An Atom D510 is more than enough to run WHS (throw a 1GB or 2GB DDR2 SODIMM 200pin chip in - $40.)

Super Micro Computer, Inc. - Products | Motherboards | Pineview Boards | X7SPA-HF

The motherboard has dual Intel gigabit NICs, 6x SATA ports and Integrated IPMI. (iKVM) Even though WHS is headless, I have had to connect a monitor a few times when adding / removing drives (etc). It does have a passive heatsink, but most recommend throwing a fan near it (low rpm = low noise) and it's extremely low power and cost effective.

The MB/CPU combo is $225 on the egg, which is about the same than whatever else you were looking at ($100 MB + i3 CPU)
Newegg.ca - SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SPA-HF-O Mini ITX Intel Atom D510 processor Server Motherboard
i should have mentioned this: WHS is used to back up 3 pc's, serve up HD movies (Blu ray rips @22GB), serve up 3 small personal websites with very low traffic.

i will take a look at that option - but seems limited as i cant replace cpu, but lots of features. i guess i am wondering about long term usage. also if i have to do any transcoding, it most likely wont be on the atom cpu...
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