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#1 ECEC

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:35 PM

Hello folks! A few years back I setup a friend with an HP MediaSmart server, and it's held up very well over the years, at least until recently. Now it just becomes completely unresponsive after awhile. I've tried troubleshooting it, but since it's been in use a good long while my friend agreed it's probably time for a new server. My requirements are going to be something stable and reliable (he's a good friend but I don't want to be over there troubleshooting all the time), and easily expandable. 

 

I built my server two years ago, based around WHS2011 and DrivePool. It's been rock solid ever since, but since WHS2011 isn't available anymore, I figured I would go with W7 64bit. The server will be running the following:

 

- DrivePool

- SABNZBd

- CouchPotato

- Sickbeard
- Plex
- AirVideo for streaming to iOS on the fly
 

Here's what I have so far:

 

Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black/Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower 

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811352029

 

Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN000 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive 

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822178392

 

ASRock B75M-GL R2.0 LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157365

 

Intel Core i3-3240 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116773

 

Crucial 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT51264BA1339
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820148346

 

Rosewill CAPSTONE-450 450W Continuous @ 50C, Intel Haswell Ready, 80 PLUS GOLD, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, SLI/CrossFire ...
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817182066

 

He already has 3x 2TB drives I'm planning on tossing in with the two 3TB drives, which should give him plenty of growing space. I feel like the CPU might be a bit overkill, but I want this box to last several years at least. The case is the one I ended up going with, and is probably the easiest case I've ever worked with so it was kind of a no-brainer. 

 

Any thoughts on how to make it cheaper/better/stronger?

 



#2 Umfriend

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 05:13 PM

Uhm, I'm pretty sure WHS2011 can be had actually. In Europe I certainly can.



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 05:17 PM

Oh really? Newegg was sold out and Amazon had retailer that looked shady as heck, so I figured it was over and done with. Maybe it's just a US thing?



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:35 PM

It does seem to get harder to find copies. Not sure if this one actually has stock: http://www.superbiiz...name=MSCCQ00128



#5 Christopher (Drashna)

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 07:09 PM

Yeah, supply for WHS2011 seems to be drying up. :(

But it definitely can be had. Just takes a bit more digging, it seems.

 

 

As for the hardware, I'd recommend ASUS over ASRock. The last couple of ASRock boards I've gotten have had some weird issues, and more trouble than they're worth. 


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#6 ECEC

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 07:36 PM

As for the hardware, I'd recommend ASUS over ASRock. The last couple of ASRock boards I've gotten have had some weird issues, and more trouble than they're worth. 

 

Cool. The rest of it looks good?



#7 Christopher (Drashna)

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:44 AM

I'm not exactly a fan of that case, but that's entirely personal preference. :) 

 

Though the Power Supply should be adequate, I'm in the camp of "get more than you need". That way you can expand without worry, or having to upgrade later. 

 

But otherwise, looks good.


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#8 ECEC

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:02 AM

I'm not exactly a fan of that case, but that's entirely personal preference. :)

 

Though the Power Supply should be adequate, I'm in the camp of "get more than you need". That way you can expand without worry, or having to upgrade later. 

 

But otherwise, looks good.

 

I'm open to suggestions on the case and PSU. :) I just like the case because it was the one I ended up with. 



#9 Christopher (Drashna)

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:03 AM

I'm not going to recommend a case, because as I said, it's user preference. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. Personally, I really like rackmount hardware :) And open air cases. But I tinker constantly.

 

As for PSU, like I said, that 450W should be good, but I'd recommend a 650 or 750 model, as it will be able to handle more. As for brand.... I'm partial to OCZ and Corsair. But all things considered, I'd avoid OCZ for a while.


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