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My good old home server died. This 7 years old machine that I stacked with hard drives was happily running Windows Home Server and few more things on the top for little more than a year.

But just last week some capacitors on main board blew and it was time to find a substitute.

I quickly decided I need brand new machine I could trust. This were requirements for components:

  • Case with enough space for 3.5” drives that can be mounted without screws, can be ugly, nobody will see it.
  • Low energy consumption CPU, possibly dual core for extra power for occasionally building of my software, network video rendering and some light web hosting-
  • Motherboard with onboard graphics card and gigabit Ethernet, since I rewired home network with gigabit lan (man, it flies!).
  • Heat and loudness is not something I’m concerned about, since machine will be in the basement - far from anyone to hear it and where is cold enough.
  • 2 GB RAM so I can start extra virtual machine if needed-
  • 1 TB of disk space to add to my current ~2 TB array of drives-
  • Cheap.
  • On stock.

Home Server components

This is what I came up with:

  • Case: Cooler Master Elite RC-331 – 31.90 EUR
    • Simple and cheap, but with quite intelligent system for locking drives.
  • Power Supply Unit: be quite! Straight power 350W – 41.90 EUR
    • It’s rated “80 plus”, has lots of power cables for drives and I don’t need anything more than 300W.
  • Motherboard: ASUS M3N78 motherboard – 62.90 EUR
    • Probably little over the top, but I it was on sale.
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e – 59.90 EUR
    • As suggested by coworker, low consumption, more than enough performance.
  • RAM: 2x1GB Kingston ValueRAM DDR2-800 – 30.20 EUR
    • Trustworthy brand, but cheap-
  • Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar 1TB – 89.90 EUR
    • What a price for 1 TB of space! I want more! :)
  • Cooling: none
    • Stock fan that came with CPU, no need for anything more.
  • Optical drive: none
    • I’ll just pull SATA DVD-ROM from my main machine to do install, from then on I don’t need it.

Total cost: ~320 EUR

I’ll add 2 x 500GB WD and 2 x 240 WD ATA drives joined in RAID0 on FastTrack TX2000 controller from old machine and drop other smaller disks.

I’ll reuse Windows Home Server OEM from old machine.


Update: It’s up and running. I’ll move data from old drives over the night and it’s all set!

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 11:53 PM | Filed under: Software System Gadgets |


# re: Windows Home Server 2.0 2/22/2009 5:29 PM Robert Ivanc
Looks pretty sweet!

Did you buy the parts from How much did the shipping come to?

# re: Windows Home Server 2.0 2/22/2009 11:03 PM David
Yes, I bought everything at Shipping 25 EUR, DHL guys delivers stuff in two days after buying. Excellent service.

This was my third buy at CyberPort (components for two machines and switch and some cables). I super satisfied with them. Excellent selection, good prices and great service.

# re: Windows Home Server 2.0 2/26/2009 11:02 AM Tomaz Perc
Zdravo David,

tale reuse OEM verzije se ne sliši najbolje. Mislim licenčno.

# re: Windows Home Server 2.0 3/19/2009 8:52 PM Tom
What about power consumption?...

# re: Windows Home Server 2.0 8/16/2009 1:23 AM Fight Games
how to boost it more then current one ?

# re: Windows Home Server 2.0 11/22/2009 6:56 PM full programlar
Looks pretty sweet!

# re: Windows Home Server 2.0 12/29/2009 10:50 AM Vidar Lund
Where did you find the drivers for the chipset on the motherboard? I've bought the Asus M4N78 Pro and I'm having problems getting the network card and chipset in general to work properly. I ended up with putting an old PCI-card into the rig to get it up on my network...

# re: Windows Home Server 2.0 1/14/2010 10:53 PM oyunlar1
Future features will be modernized?

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