Monday, January 5, 2009

New Parts Ordered

So here is what I ordered from NewEgg:
Here's a little background on my choices:

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!


  1. I am pretty new at being a WHS user, but I can post what components I purchased. My target wattage goal was 70 watts, but I just checked with my Kill-A-Watt and it is only using 63 watts (with three hard drives). My biggest priorities were to get a 45nm CPU and a very efficient and reliable power supply. The only downside is that is is pretty loud. I'll have to figure out which fans are causing the noise.

    Microsoft Windows Home Server 32 Bit 1 Pack (Power pack 1) - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116550

    Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fan - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835200048
    ($4.49 ea)

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822148262

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128359

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822148134
    ($79.99 ea)

    PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS370X 370W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817703018

    Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model KVR667D2N5K2/1G - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820144199

    Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819116072

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129042

    Subtotal $705.83
    Tax $0.00
    UPS 3 DAYS $33.01
    Order Total $738.84
    minus about $70 since I had other some networking equipment for my Xbox 360.

  2. So, assuming you pay 15 cents/kwh, and your new server consumes 70 watts...

    It looks like this new server will pay for itself in 22.4 months... Not terrible!

  3. If it isn't too late you should consider using the 64 bit version of WHS instead of the 32 bit version.

  4. WHS PP1 is only available as a 32-bit OS at present (a sub-set of Windows Server 2003). It is the WHS Connector that will now work with 64-bit Vista clients.

  5. Love what you are doing here. I've been thinking about building a new WHS (both of mine are old PCs as well). I would be interested in some of your benchmark speeds for your hard drives once it is all together. Would you run some tests if I pointed you toward the software?

  6. @KevinG: And given how long I make everything last, it will run for many more months than that.

    @Jim: Absolutely, bring it on. Now is the time, since UPS is "out for delivery" with the last package, and I will be starting assembly tonight (after a PINEWOOD DERBY meeting for the Cub Scouts)

  7. Did the same thing as you did, but I built my WHS on a MSI-Wind base. My WHS uses no more than 35-watts. Thats with 2 1TB WD Green Drives.

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  8. In building my WHS server, it really helped to have a couple of these...

    As long as you have a case with the external slots you need, it makes cabling and assembly awesom. When I first did up my system, I had 8 750GB drives (4 in each). When I upgraded all the drives from 750's to 1.5TBs, I was able to do it quickly and easily by just sliding out the drive cages, never had to pull the system out of the rack. But it does add $100 to the build.

  9. @Boby: I bet the noise is from a PC Power & Cooling "SILENCER"! Because I also have one. :(

    I also will start my Frankenstein build soon.
    I ended up to just order the Intel Atom 330 board from only. I plan to reuse all my old parts along with the 120 day trial license.

  10. I think ,WHS PP1 is only available as a 32-bit OS at present. I would be interested in some of your benchmark speeds for your hard drives once it is all together.
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