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Some advice on building a file server


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rmco2003

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I've decided to build a file server that I can use on my network at home, I'll be using a SATA hard drive, probably around 200-300 Gigs large, and I'll run either something like Fedora or RedHat linux, or I'll just stick with Ubuntu Server since I've used it before.

I was wondering what sort of processor, motherboard and power supply should I get, I'd rather prioritise temperature and noise reduction over speed, I need it to run extremely silently, unfortunately I don't know where to start when looking for cooling solutions that'll help me out with this, ideally I'd like it to be silent enough so that I'd have to strain to hear it in my room, but as long as I can sleep through it that's fine.

Could someone offer some suggestions?
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Any standard computer with a network card, enough space and enough memory will function happily as a file server. You don't need anything special for use in a home environment if you're not doing anything too heavy with it.
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Lots of companies are modernizing their computer fleets, going to newer machines with Vista for secutity reasons. You can get Dell Optiplexes used very reasonably, quiet and durable and low power consumption computers built for an office enviroment. They would make good servers. Also I've seen some nice network servers that are very reasonable in price, not full computers but networked boxes with hard drives or room for them.
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Yeah I'm trying to go for pretty cheap components as file serving isn't exactly processor intensive. I need to look into some silent cooling though.

Here's the hardware I'm aiming to get, what do you think?

Case: http://www.tekheads....?product=606744
CD/DVD Drive: http://www.tekheads....?product=606846
Motherboard: http://www.tekheads....?product=606715
Processor: http://www.tekheads....?product=605737
RAM: http://www.tekheads....?product=606213
Hard Drive: http://www.tekheads....?product=607047

I'm sure I could get lower prices than that if I shopped around a bit, and the processor is definately overpowered for the jobs it'll be doing but it's decent value for the price of it all.

I just hope the fans and the power supply provided with the case aren't too loud.

Edited by rmco2003, 23 March 2007 - 12:18 AM.

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