Here's a little background on my choices:
|Item||Quantity||Unit $||Total $|
Antec NSK6580 Case w/ 430W Power Supply
AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400 Brisbane 2.3GHz 45W Dual-Core Processor
Patriot 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Western Digital Caviar GP 750GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
Microsoft Windows Home Server 32 Bit w/Power pack 1
18" SATA II Cable, 3 GB/S
Arctic Silver 5
Scythe 92mm Case Fan
ARCTIC COOLING 120mm Case Fan
Antec Case - I know that this server will be in the basement, so I wasn't concerned with the size. This case is a good deal with lots of room (five internal and four external drive bays, plus a floppy bay) and it comes with a 430W high efficiency 80P rated power supply. All that for $90, and it's not some cheapo case. It comes with a 120mm fan in the back, but it is a molex connected fan with a three speed switch, so I ordered a replacement for $10 that will plug into the motherboard.
Gigabyte Motherboard - I was looking for a fairly energy efficient board with a bunch of SATA connectors and possibly eSATA if I could find it. This gigabyte motherboard fits the bill perfectly, with five built in SATA 3 connectors, and eSata port on the backplane, and even 128mb of sideport video RAM. Tack on gigabit ethernet and it has everything I need.
Athlon X2 45w 2.3GHz - Another power conscious component, and plenty fast enough for what I need it to do. Dual core 2.3, and most of the forums say that it can overclock to 2.5. not bad...
Patriot 2GB RAM - I can remember when it cost this much for 64mb of RAM, never mind 2gb. No brainer.
Western Digital Green Power 750gb drives - I almost couldn't believe it when I saw these drives listed for only $70 each... I'm not sure if it was a pricing error, since that item number is now discontinued, and the replacement drive is listed at $120, a full $50 more than what I paid. I'm glad I opted for four right off the bat, and I almost wish I had gone for more. At $.093 per gb, how can you go wrong?
The rest is pretty standard stuff... server license, Arctic Silver (since I'm out), and some fans to supplement/replace the built in case fan on the antec case. And I don't have a DVD burner at all at home, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to add that too, at a pretty cheap price.
So, tack on a little for shipping ($49.50) and I will end up with a machine that outperforms the new HP EX487 (2.3GHz vs. 2.0GHz, 3 tb vs. 1.5 tb, DVD Burner vs, no DVD burner) for almost the same price ($750.28 for my stuff including shipping, $749 for the EX487 BEFORE shipping).
I can't wait to put it all together. The case arrived yesterday, all the other components are due tomorrow!