Taking suggestions for personal server hardware

By zelgadis85
Jul 17, 2008
  1. So, I'm thinking of building a personal (file-)server. I have some ideas about what I should get, but seeing as I currently don't have money for building it, it's still in planning stage.

    I'm thinking of building a RAID5 server, which runs on Linux (which distro, I do not yet know, but I'm considering later Ubuntu versions). While I say 'personal', I will still allow my family (and closest friends) access to it (maybe over LAN only, for security reasons, if this is possible).

    Seeing as I have many, many large files, there is also a great need for disk space.

    Therefore I am thinking of buying five hard disks (one terabyte each) for RAID5 (where one will be 'lost' for parity) and one small(ish) hard disk for the O/S to run from.

    I also am thinking of running software RAID, so I am *not* going to use money on external RAID controller, unless absolutely necessary.

    Requirements for hardware are:

    Chassis: Must be able to house six hard drives and at least one CD/DVD rom drive. Does not need floppy. Must be able to install sufficient cooling. May or may not include PSU.

    Motherboard: Integrated sound/graphics/network card. RAID5 support. DDR2 800MHz (or higher) RAM support. At least six SATA connectors. Also at least one IDE connector for CD/DVD rom drive.

    CPU: Probably dual-core with decent frequency. Not sure what to say here. Obviously must be supported by mobo.

    Memory: Two or four gigabytes of 800 (or higher) MHz DDR2 RAM.

    Hard drives: Five hard drives with at least 1 TB each (Used in RAID5). One (cheap) hard drive with preferably 10000RPM (for O/S). All of these must be SATA/SATAII drives. No Samsung drives (had enough troubles with them in the past). EDIT: May start with less drives in RAID5 if I understood the "mdadm" command correctly (as in that you can add additional drives (semi-)easily later on)

    CD/DVD drive: IDE drive. No other requirements. Used mainly for installing the O/S, not much else.

    All of this should not cost more than €1,000 (little less than $1,600). Some extra may be used for cooling (and possible PSU). Absolute maximum is €1,150 ($1,800).

    Taking suggestions, will probably build this in November (as a personal birthday present for myself :D )
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    What did you deside on?
  3. zelgadis85

    zelgadis85 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Well, while I did not *decide on* anything, these are my ideas...
    Seeing as I can't find any english links for some of the hardware, I'll just throw the finnish ones:

    Chassis: ...Not sure yet, hard to find affordable ones that fulfill my requirements.

    CPU: INTEL Celeron S775 Dual Core E2180 2.0GHz, 1MB FSB800 (Link:
    Price: €68

    Motherboard: ASUS P5E-VM DO, ATX, s775, IQ35, VGA, DDR2, GBLAN, 8CH (Link:
    Price: €92

    O/S Hard Disk: Seagate 80GB, Barracuda 7200.10, 3.5", SATAII/300, 8MB, 7200RPM (Link:
    Price: €33

    Storage Hard Disks: Western Digital 1TB, Caviar, 3.5", SATA II, 5400-7200rpm, 16MB (Link:
    Price: €152 each

    RAM: A-Data 4GT DDR2 800MHz (PC-6400), Vitesta, Dual-kit, 240-pin DIMM (Link:
    Price: €69

    ...And that's all I have chosen for the moment.

    I also picked up these if there is not enough HD space within the chassis already:

    HDD module for 2x5.25" slots:
    Price: €32

    Even though they are said to fit in Luan Li chassis only, the website says it should fit into just about any chassis that has two spare 5.25" slots.

    With the bare minimum of two of those WD drives, this comes to a total of €566. But I'd like to add four (€870) or five (€1022) such drives. And that's without the chassis, cooling and CD/DVD drive...

    I'm up for suggestions, but there is no need to hurry.

    Thanks in advance.
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