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My Non Rack Server



Started this thread seems the other one was for rack mounts



This server also does double duty as a windows media center pvr.



LIAN LI Model PC-Q25B Mini Server Case

ASRock A75M-ITX Motherboard : Upgraded to Asrock FM2A85X-ITX Motherboard 7 sata ports wow!!

AMD A4-3400 Llano APU : Upgrade to AMD A10-6700 Richland APU

Intel Pro 1000 PT dual Network N.I.C.

Corsair XMS3 1333 8gb Memory : Upgrade to Patriot Signature DDR3 1600 8gb Memory

Agility 4 256gb ssd O.S. & Feeder Drive : Upgraded to Samsung 840 Pro 128gb SSD

Crucial C300 128gb ssd Feeder Drive

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DL003 2tb Archive Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1tb Archive Drive

Windows 8 Pro & Media Center O.S. : Upgraded to WHS 2011 O.S.



I hope to upgrade the two archive hard drives to 2 3tb WD Reds soon.

This has run rock solid so far.

Note: A few upgrades this is running great also with one exception. Yet to get usb 3.0 controller working seems to be a driver issue

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Tried to build this as least expensive as possible and low power for a small desktop server and media center. I never seen your proposed setup Mr. Smartepants till your link. Funny how this is so similar but that is a budget project too. I'm getting around 40 to 60mbs high end out of it. The amd apu is indeed very good low cost, low power 65watt tdp cpu. I had most the hardware already running media center so most I had in it was to replace the case with the lian-li. That case is amazing with space for 3 @ 2.5 drives and 5 @ 3.5 drives and still be as small as it is. The motherboard only has 4 sata and 1 esata you could use for internal drives. But all in all I like it for a small low power home media server it does that job well for me.

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My server started out as my Desktop and then became a dedicated server when i was tired of having to manage data for the entire network from my desktop :)



Case : Thermaltake Armor+

Motherboard: Asus P5KLP-AM EPU

CPU: Core 2 Duo E6300

Ram: 2X2GB OCZ (OCZ2G8002G)

PSU: Seasonic M12II 620W

HDD internal Cage: Coolmaster 4-in-3

HDD External bay: Mediasonic Probox

Cards: Syba SD-SATA2-2E2I 4 Chnl SATA II Card , SY-PEX40008 4-port SATA RAID Controller , Mediasonic ProBox HP1-SS3 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card



64GB Adata SP900 (OS only)

250GB WD (OS Mirror...Raid1)

400GB Seagate (Application/script/Downloads)

1TB Hitachi (DP data)

5x2TB Seagate (DP data)

2TB Toshiba (DP data)

2TB Hitachi (DP data)

2TB WD Green (Parity drive for Flexraid)

HDD External: 2TB WD MYBook Live (connect to network) Only stores Backups of machines on network


Software on Server(always running only):


OS: WHS2011


SB Scanner


VMplayer(XBMC second copy)







Teamspeak server


Various scripts via Task scheduler


Server is on 24/7 :) I still have room left for expansion inside case (3 more drives) then i will have to get a second Mediasonic probox (probably a 8 Bay)

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I might as well jump in here too. :)



Case : CoolerMaster Elite 120

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe 

CPUCore i3-2105 3.1GHz

RamCORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 

Optical: Blu-Ray drive.

Cards: RocketRaid 644L 6Gb/s 4x eSata

External Enclosure: 2x Sans Digital 8-Bay eSATA RAID 0/1/10/5/JBOD Tower Storage Enclosure

OS: Windows Server 2012 Essentials

UPS: CyberPower 1500AVR provides about 40 minutes of up time on battery power for both the server and the 2 arrays


Total storage using 9 of the 16 total bays is ~24Tb.


This machine functions as the heart of my entire house network.  It servers every TV in the house's mediaPC with DVD/BluRay content (over 700 ISOs, etc) as well as all our various other network storage needs.  Really it's main function is MyMovies and and auto-ripping and storing DVDs & BluRays.  I can walk up, throw a disc in the drive, and come back later and remove it from the ejected tray.  The entire rip, cataloging, adding to database, etc., is 100% hands off.  I can optionally have it auto convert the ISO to an mp4 (or other) automagically (thus the i3 cpu).  I simply love it.


The entire house is wired with shielded Cat6 and it sits next to the switch in a closet of my office on a shelf, no monitor or keyboard attached, completely managed remotely and it works like a charm.

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Here's my current server setup:



Case: Rosewill Challenger Gaming Case (repurposed) with 5 internal and 5 external bays.   Only 3 used currently.

Motherboard:  EVGA Sabertooth x58

CPU:  Intel Core i7 950

RAM:  6x 2GB Corsair 12800 DDR3 modules (12GB total)

Network:  Intel i350 Dual Port PRO/1000 adapter teamed to 2Gbps

Switch:  D-Link DGS-1216T 16 port Gigabit Managed Switch

HDD Controller 1: RocketRaid 2522 controller with 8x esata connectors running to 3 (soon to be 4) Sans Digital 8bays (see below)

HDD Controller 2:  Chipset based.

External Enclosures: 3x Sans Digital 8 bay eSata enclosures hosting (47TB total):

  • 1x Intel 160gb SSD (OS)
  • 1x Seagate 1tb drive (OS backup)
  • 2x 4TB Seagate
  • 6x 3TB Seagate and Hitachi drives
  • 10x 2TB Seagate and Hitachi drives (9 in a 16gb raid 5 array soon to be migrated to Drive Pool)
  • 5x 1.5TB Seagate drives (being replaced over time by 4TB drives)

Storage Config:

  • Array:  16gb Raid 5
  • Drive Pool:  30.9TB (100% duplicated)
  • Misc drives:  1 1.5 not in pool)

UPS:  APC 1500


Software and Services

OS: Windows Home Server 2011 (may migrate to 2012 essentials)

Storage:  Drive Pool 2.0

Media Management:  My Movies 2011 and Plex

Remote Management:  Splashtop, RDP and Windows Home Server remote access web

Content Services:  Sick Beard and SABnzbd

XBMC:  XBMC central user profile store and MySQL db.

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