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Building a server

By TheCase
Feb 25, 2008
  1. Hi,

    I have never built a PC before just added some more RAM and changed graphics card, nothing much. I want to use this PC as a server, web server I think ... maybe later on a VOIP server so it needs to be powerfull. Can anyone tell me what they think of this build

    http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/132272
    I guess I dont need to buy a audio card or graphics card as the motherboard has one and it doesnt need to be good its only a server, also I need to plug my wired router in, looks like its got the ethernet socket though
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-200-AM
    http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/120608
    I might not need this much power but I might add some more RAM on the computer at a later date. Would I need more power, or is the 380W pointless
    http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/116755
    Is the RAM compatable with the motherboard
    http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/127584
    Does the motherboard fit in, I guess there all default sizes so they all fit, never built a PC so can you get cases wich dont fit, like line up with the ports
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-022-HI&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat=167

    I think that is it. Do I need some kind of heatsink or fan. Do you recommend anything better

    Thanks
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,087   +84 Staff Member

    The RAM is compatible with the motherboard and the motherboard will fit in your chosen case and it does indeed have a NIC integrated. That CPU is "Retail Boxed with Heatsink & Fan", thus you shouldn't need to buy a replacement unless you just want the additional cooling capabilities.
     
  3. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,654   +323

    Yeh the motherboard will come with the sata data cable if it says so, motherboards I've bought have so I'm sure yours will.

    So you are right, you don't need to purchase anything extra to get the drives hooked up.
     
  5. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,654   +323

    The cd drive you listed, its IDE not SATA.
     
  7. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,654   +323

    That caused me to be lazy and not really pay attention. That motherboard DOES have an IDE controller on it. So you can use that IDE cd/dvd drive you mentioned earlier.

    The motherboard will come with an IDE cable too so you won't need to buy the rounded one unless you just want to.
     
  9. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,087   +84 Staff Member

    The "4800+" has a clock speed which is 200MHz faster. However, the version you have chosen from that seller states it's an "OEM" chip and that likely means you won't be getting a heatsink included with it.

    The chip in itself is indeed better. The package is not.
     
  11. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

    As long as is it capatable. I forgot about the OEM stuff how is this any good

    http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/136634, supports AMD Socket AM2

    Do I need another fan. Thats it now I guess
    Thanks
     
     
  12. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,087   +84 Staff Member

    Eh, it "supports" socket AM2. Meaning it will conform to the form factor. I don't know enough about Cooler Master's heatsinks (or that one in particular) to say more than this:

    I would suggest you either get a heatsink that is reviewed or documented (by a reliable source) as being able to cool sufficiently, or just go the non-OEM route and use the stock heatsink.
     
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,654   +323

    If you are running this thing at stock speeds or 'slightly' higher you will be fine with the stock heatsink and save money. Decent aftermarket heatsinks cost more than it is worth for non overclockers, so I'd suggest getting a retail processor package.
     
  14. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

    I missread the charges and its fine now. So this is what I have come up with

    back to the processor that I started with comes with a fan and heatsink
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-200-AM

    and this SATA cd drive to load the OS system, as the motherboard has no IDE I was right at first. Im confusing myself :)

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD-071-LO&groupid=701&catid=10&subcat=114

    Its OEM so I dont get screws or anything? Shouldnt be to much of a problem I'll slot it in wire it up Im sure PSU and Motherboard will supply the cables and then I'll have to find some screws

    This is complete. Is this ok. Thanks
     
  15. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,087   +84 Staff Member

    Might come with screws. I've ordered OEM HDD's and optical drives that came with screws in the past.
     
  16. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

    Thanks for your help
     
  17. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,087   +84 Staff Member

    No problem.

    By the way, even if the optical drive doesn't come with screws, other components (especially your motherboard) will likely come with extra screws.
     
  18. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

  19. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,087   +84 Staff Member

    When you boot your system, enter the BIOS setup. Refer to your motherboard manual to find the exact location, but somewhere in the Advanced and/or Hardware sections you will see a spot to increase frequencies and voltages.

    Just be careful :).
     
  20. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    man your going to pay a lot for the ram
    and you will need ram lots O ram
    do you think 4 gb is enough
     
  21. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    that should be enough for anybody
     
  22. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

    Its 2GB not 4GB. Its going to be a server so it needs to be powerfull
     
  23. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    my point exactly:chef:
     
  24. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

  25. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,654   +323

    Yes. Any SATA or IDE drive will work. If you go IDE you just have to be sure you don't end up with 3 IDE devices.

    You still are talking about the Gigabyte GA-MA69VM-S2 board right? It DOES have IDE, I told you that after I checked myself, then later you again said it didn't. So maybe I'm confused on what board you are getting.
     
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