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Hey everyone,

My roommates and I have decided to build a simple home server. We all use our computers religiously, but I am the only one with experience of building one so I have been appointed with the task of finding the right parts and putting it together. None of us have very much server/web programming experience, so we are all learning this as we go.

After some quick brainstorming we decided that this is what we need to get started:
- The OS will be Linux Fedora 10 (...maybe Ubuntu)
- Host a few web pages, some Java applications, Flash animations, and storage/backup
- As quiet as possible via fans only (i.e. not using water cooling)
- Micro-ATX mobo since a lot of stuff will be onboard (graphics, ethernet, etc...)
- Admins: Just the three of us
- Users: We don't expect more than a few users at a time, but who knows if someday we might host a website that gets a lot of traffic.
- We also want to keep our options open regarding what may go on the server in the future.


The problem I am facing is that I am having trouble finding good articles or suggestions about the right hardware to suit our needs. Not sure what the pros and cons are regarding a server. Celeron or Core 2? 1GB or 4GB RAM? DDR2 or DDR3? The articles I have read either don't make hardware suggestions, or are outdated ('07 - early '08).

Does anyone have any suggestions of a good build to meet our goals? We are trying to aim under $500, but we'll go higher if absolutely necessary.

Alternatively, can anyone point me to a website that has good/specific information about this? Seems like it shouldn't be this hard to research. :)

Thanks in advance! :)
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For your needs, just a simple budget box will suit fine. It gets difficult, because you talk about "lots of website traffic" in the future, which would change the direction of the build a bit.

Where can you buy from?
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Where can you buy from?

Not really sure what you mean by this... Anywhere, I guess. B&M? Online? International? Doesn't matter as long as it's a good price.

For now, let's keep it simple and ignore the lots of traffic part. What would be your definition of a decent "simple budget box"?
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Okay, Newegg is nice and easy for me to work with, although as an Australian, I can't make an account to save my wish lists... :) So now I manually copy over all the links for you... Just open them all up and add them to your wishlist for a single page listing everything nicely for you:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129060
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128357
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116072
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145180
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822145215 (x2 for RAID 1)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16823109032
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16826105048
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824009136
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151187

Comes to $469.90

Enjoy :)
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Thanks for the advice! Even better that I don't really need the keyboard, mouse, and monitor. :)

Anyone else have input they'd like to share?

Edited by UV_Power, 03 June 2009 - 11:03 AM.

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If you like, you could then upgrade the processor and RAM too...
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