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Mini ITX Home Server build

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by t_ski, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

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    OK, so I've been working on another build, along-side my TJ07. I had an HP MediaSmart server that I enjoyed, but I wanted to expand it and was looking for something that used more stadardized parts, not proprietary. Of course, that meant I had to build my own. So after a little planning, I bought these parts:

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    Lian Li PC-Q08 black mini ITX case
    AMD Sempron 140 AM3 CPU
    Zotac 880G-ITX WiFi mini ITX motherboard
    Patriot 2GB DDR3 1333
    Two Seagate 1TB SATA drives

    The Lian Li case I got used, but it's in great condition. It was one of the only mini ITX cases out there that can fit a full power supply, a regular sized DVD drive and six 3.5" hard drives.

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    Four of the six hard drives slide out in this removeable cage:

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    The former owner sleeved the cables in some nice black sleeving, but I edded up having to redo the heatshrink tubing at the connector ends. The tubing was keeping the connectors from being able to sit next to each other on the motherboard.

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    Motherboard? Oh, yes: the Zotac...

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    Motherboard accessories...

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    The board mounted to the side panel/tray...

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    In that board I need some memory and a CPU...

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    CPU and ram installed...

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    Back in the case...

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    Right now I have an Antec power supply in the case, but I am waiting on a Silverstone Strider modular PSU with a short cable set. This should make cable management easier.

    Since I want to devote all four SATA channels to the hard drives, I picked up one of these Rosewill 2-port PCIe 1X controller cards to run the DVD drive and another drive if I choose in the future.
     
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    Nice looking ITX! only complain i would have is it doesnt have a full PCIex slot for add on video but other than that, its very very beautiful
     
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    Any video other than the onboard is not needed. Most of the time, if I need to access this, it will be through RDP and not a direct connection. Onboard video will be sufficient if I need to hook it up to a monitor for troubleshooting.
     
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    looks nice i like that case but its way to big for mini ITX lol
     
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    Nice!

    I have that case and the other parts in my Newegg cart for my own home server. Picked up a sweet 2-month contract gig today, starting next week. Can hit the "buy" button shortly thereafter.
     
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    that looks sweet.
     
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    Thanks for all the very good photos. You seem to know what you are doing with a camera.
     
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    There are other mini ITX cases out there that are smaller, but they only allow for external PSU's or one or two HDD's. I needed a full size PSU and four (minimum) HDD's.

    Thanks. W1zzard has very high standards and some patience.
     
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    So I take it you will be running Windows Home Server on this? Nice looking little build.
     
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    Damn I like that case. Sub'd to see finale'
     
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    Yes, I will be. I have a copy that is being shipped my way...
     
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    Very cool. I am currently in the process of maybe piecing together something similar. I'm really leaning towards giving linux a whirl but WHS is so tempting since windows is easy. :) I just can't decide on m-ITX or m-ATX.
     
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    Lookin' Good T!

    Best,

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    Hey Steve! Good to see you here. :toast: I was meaning to send you a link to this (I just started it Monday), but did not get a chance with a couple other things going on...

    You start you're build?
     
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    I was wanting a home server, but a few of my buddies said it was too much work for little gain. They said just add another hard drive or two to my computer and share them on the network if I wanted to go that route.

    What are the advantages to having a stand alone home server? ... Just curious


    Great looking build by the way
     
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    The bigest issue for me was making sure that my rig was not the center of my home network's universe. Unfortunately, I've had hardware issues, etc. in the past that meant no one could print (to my locally attached printer) or access media/files I had shared. This removes my PC from the mix.

    Aside from that, this is one centralized location for iTunes media, movies, downloaded drivers & install files, and most importantly backups.

    I received the other two 1TB drives today and hopefully will receive the new PSU tomorrow or Friday. I'll have to look into the status of the OS...
     
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    nice build, almost look like u can take a nice ITX board and pop in a strong Quad-Core or Hexa-Core with 4gb memory and a strong GFX and u will have a ITX gamer ^^
     
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    Yes, this case will allow full-sized video cards. The lower HDD cage can be swapped out for a support bracket that allows larger cards to fit in there. However, I would think if you were going for the gamer version, you probably wouldn't need so many hard drive bays and can go with one of the smaller Lian Li cases or a Silverstone Sugo.
     
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    Probably wouldn't be going itx either if you are building a gaming rig.
     
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    SG-05 is a great one the lian li is still to big IMO

    i like mine its not hard to get a good gamer in mini ITX form factor
     
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    You're right, we need more dtx boards! Hold a nice video card and a PCIe SSD.
     
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    I agree with cdawall. ITX is a very capable format. Liquid Cool lives on ITX :roll:

    The SG-05 won't hold four (or more) HDD's, which is one of the requirements of this project. ;)

    The new Silverstone power supply arrived today. I already modded it! :laugh: Going to fire it up now...
     
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    I never said it wasn't capable :) it's capable for sure.
     
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    my HDD are external and i modded in some eSATA adapters for the rear of the case. :) going to try and unlock the sempy?
     
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    I would have prefered a board with an x16 slot, but not for a graphics card, so that I could slap an x4 dedicated RAID card in there to run the data HDDs off of, and run the ODD drives and OS drive off the onboard.:D

    Great build none the less though!

    Though if you are anything like me, you'll be disappointed with Windows Home Server. I tried it but quickly went back to good ol' Win7 Professional. There isn't anything Win7 Pro can't do that Win Home Server could, and Win7 Professional can actually be used as a workstation if need be.
     
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