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Old June 26, 2012, 09:36 AM
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Hi there,

Would like to know your advices and opinions on a new cheap AMD server build. Will pratically serve only to shares files between other computers, serve as backup central, media server on it, ftp, some dev server stuff..

-AMD Athlon II X3 450 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.2GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W Retail Box
-OCZ B-Stock Refurb PowerStream 520W ATX12V V2.0 20/24PIN Low Noise Power Supply (was given with the case)
-Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case Black 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS W/ Fan Controller & Temp Display
-XFX One Radeon HD 650MHZ 512MB 800MHZ SDDR3 DVI HDMI VGA PCI-E Video Card
-ASUS M5A97 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 Audio CrossFireX Motherboard

Cost me a total of 280$ i already have the memory (Corsair Vengeance (Blue) and the HDD (Western Digital Green SATA 2 2TB).

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Old June 26, 2012, 09:51 AM
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what os are you planning on running?

if your going to run win7 pro or above or whs, you can always go headless and just rdp into your server.

then just go with something with onboard video. like Newegg.com - ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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Old June 26, 2012, 10:05 AM
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Yah i am running Win7 Pro. I know through... no USB 3.0 or SATA3. Need to know if i really need USB 3.0 or not.. at least i can have gigabit lan.
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Old June 26, 2012, 10:57 AM
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If you don't need USB 3.0 or Sata 3GB/S (really only useful for SSD's) then you could downgrade the motherboard to:

the ASUS M4A88T. It's got onboard video, and it's a little cheaper than the M5A97, so you'll save quite a bit more through not having to buy a discrete GPU.

If you want USB 3.0 or Sata 6GB/s, consider the ASUS M5A88-M. It's about the same price as the M5A97 (usually cheaper, but the M5A97 is on sale) but includes onboard video, so again, no GPU required.
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Old June 27, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Hi,

Thanks guys for your replies, ive looked at the alternative and i wanted to see if i could save a bit more.. so i finally decided to go with ..
  • Antec Mini P180 mATX Tower Case White 3X5.25 1X3.5EXT 5X3.5INT Front USB eSATA Audio
  • ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $19.99
  • Gigabyte H61M-S2H mATX LGA1155 H61 DDR3 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI SATA2 HDMI Video Sound Motherboard
  • Intel Celeron G530 Dual Core Sandy Bridge Processor 2.4GHZ LGA1155 2MB Cache 65W Retail Box
  • Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 500W ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan
I decided to go with this config because its only an home server nothing more.. no games.. no video card this celeron also seem to perform rather good based on the reviews and was really cheap. The case is a 120$ case but i got it for 59$ which is a very good deal! (May be good for later upgrades..)
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Old June 27, 2012, 12:16 PM
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that looks great, plus your memory color will match your motherboard color. always important.
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Old June 27, 2012, 04:21 PM
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Yeah after looking a bit more i changed the PSU. Mastercooler from what ive read are misleading PSU.. you can't trust them. Changed for Enermax since i know this one i can trust more.
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Old June 29, 2012, 07:49 AM
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Looks like a nice little machine. I am always a fan of the Celeron's, Ever since the Core 2 Duo era, they have actually been great little chips!
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