Home Server- System Build!


Feb 9, 2009

I would like to have a Home Server in my house to organize all of my cluttered files that are scattered about my network. I was looking at the HP MediaSmart Home Servers and although they are very nice, they seem quite expensive for what they have to offer. Over $500 for 512MB of RAM and a Celeron? I was considering building a server. Popular Mechanics has already suggested this and it can be a pretty cheap process. So, I was wondering if you, the Tom's Hardware community can take a look over what I have in mind and bring forth any suggestions or ideas about this potential setup. I would like to keep the entire build under $500.00

Additionally I will not be needing as much storage as I would have thought, but I still need about 500GB worth so that is still plenty of files.

I am looking at a way to possibly drop the price tag by around $50. I am going to need a aftermarket cooler because aparently the E5200 is horrible and it will be running for long periods of time.



GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Rosewill RCX-Z300 92mm Ball CPU Cooler

Thermaltake WingRS 201 VJ60001N2Z Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

(2) Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Thermaltake A2492 120mm Case Fan

Thanks again
I think your spec is about right .

The only comments I would make are that the hard drives seem a little small , and that the mb doesnt have RAID so you cant make a RAID 1 for data security .

I think I read somewhere that WHS can just use two drives and duplicate one as a back up automatically so that might not matter if you use it as the OS .


Jan 10, 2009
I am considering this as a NAS unit


Not too different from what you're looking at, but I have two larger HDs. I was not planning RAID but more straight file back up (on top of file backups already in place in each computer) and sharing over my home network. I picked the case and motherboard for their ability to expand to more drives as I need them. The PSU also has enough connectors for additional SATA drives. I think the case is smaller than the one you picked too. $395 before shipping, etc.

Since this machine will be on a lot, I've chosen low-power parts. This is similar to a rig I just built that I keep on 24/7 as a Teamspeak server. Since I didn't need the storage, I'm using a smaller drive, and the 5050e was out of stock when I built mine, so I used a 4850e.
This doesn't include a KB, mouse, or OS, but adding those shouldn't break the budget.

Rosewill R222-P-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:R222-P-BK
Item #:N82E16811147095
$29.99 -$10.00 Instant $19.99

mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996527 - Retail
Model #:996527
Item #:N82E16820146118
$29.99 $29.99

LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model iHAS422-08 - Retail
Model #:iHAS422-08
Item #:N82E16827106280
$27.99 $27.99

Western Digital Caviar GP WD7500AACS 750GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD7500AACS
Item #:N82E16822136150
$74.99 $74.99

Antec earthwatts EA380 380W ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Model #:EA380
Item #:N82E16817371005
$59.99 -$20.00 Instant $39.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor Model ADH5050DOBOX - Retail
Model #:ADH5050DOBOX
Item #:N82E16819103298
$59.99 $59.99

ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #:AOD790GX/128M
Item #:N82E16813157141
$124.99 -$20.00 Instant $104.99

Subtotal: $357.93
Oh, and you could go cheaper too, using a 780G mobo, a 2300e CPU, and 1GB of RAM. This build, however, does have some potential to be useful for other things, which I figured was worth the price.