Advice on building home server


Nov 2, 2009
Hey guys,

I currently have 3 closet computers doing 3 different things (surveillance, transfers and media hub) and I want to put them all together.

My requirements:

Capable of at least 8 SATA drives
Minimum of 2 PCI slots for surveillance cards
Lowest price, obviously :p

I've come up with this:
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AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W Power Supply
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Case

Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Total:$389.94 + shipping ~ $405USD

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I went AMD because it's cheaper and more importantly, I can't support Intel who maintain plants on illegally occupied Palestinian soil. So that's not being changed, even though most people say that Intels run cooler and are better for servers.

The board has 6x SATA6, 2x SATA3 and 1x IDE. And on board video so I don't have to buy and less heat. So that's perfect.
The case has 8x 3.5" internal bays. Perfect.
The processor is just fine for my needs as I won't be doing any heavy duty work. My current PCs doing the jobs are 1.8Ghz P4s
The PSU has 9 SATA connectors.


1) Is the power supply strong enough for 8 drives? I'm guessing yes. Its 550W total with I think enough on each rail. Though it only has 1x 44A 12V rail. I dunno if its good to put the processor and all those drives on 1 rail.

2) Will just the rear 120mm fan be enough for all those drives? I think not. There are many more places for fans in that case and I think I'll have to buy more. I don't really care about noise as it'll be in the storage area.

3) I'm planning on just sticking with Windows XP as always. Any uber-important reasons that I should go Windows Server? In the future, I will want to access the server's files from outside. I use FTP right now. Dunno if there's a better easy way.

Thanks very much :D :D
1) Defrinitely.

2) I recommend that you add fans on the front to keep the hard disks cool.

3) XP meets your basic requirements. If you're somewhat familiar with it, you could also consider Samba running on on Linux.


Nov 2, 2009

Ya I'm somewhat familiar with Linux, but I would rather stick with Windows cause the entire network is Windows and 1 Mac.

I would also have to find another surveillance program.

Thanks for your reply :wahoo: