July 07, 2008

A Cheap and Green Windows Home Server

This is part 3 in a series about building an Eco-Friendly Economical Windows Home Server.
Part 1: In search of an Eco-Friendly Economical Home Server
Part 2: In search of an Eco-Friendly Economical Home Server 2, Electric Boogaloo
Part 3: A Cheap and Green Windows Home Server
Part 4: Ordered parts for Eco-friendly Economical Windows Home Server
Part 5: Can I get a Mulligan on the Case Order?
Part 6: Adding a 1TB Drive to my WHS

imageA couple of months ago I wrote two posts with some specs that I had been considering for building an inexpensive Windows Home Server ("In Search of an eco-friendly economical Home Server" and "In Search of an eco-friendly economical Home Server 2"). Unfortunately I have yet to pull the trigger on buying the hardware to build a little WHS box, but I am getting closer (and smaller and more energy efficient) to buying and building. I will post a list of parts once I've made my decision and completed my order.

In the meantime I found an article a few weeks ago on Home Server Hacks about building a WHS server on a Shuttle KPC Barebone setup for around $400 ($409 including the price of WHS!). That is tough to beat and I think you can actually do better now as the cost of the Shuttle KPC Barebone has dropped $10, the cost of hard drive used in the example has dropped $15, and you can now get a little bit more processor for less money than when the article was originally published. I think you can easily come in under $400, including shipping.

http://www.homeserverhacks.com/2008/04/build-green-400-windows-home-server_2871.html

Taking that idea and running with it - what if you started with this Intel Atom 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo as a base. Check out the Combo deal that includes the board/cpu with the tiny little APEX case for $118! Add a stick of RAM and a WD Green Power drive or two and that would be slick, small, and energy efficient package!

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  1.  avatar Ade says:

    Tranquil PC in the UK make systems based around the Atom that come in at 20W idle for a single HDD. An Atom has about half the performance of a Sempron used in HP's MediaSmart server and Tranquil now make a two Atom processor version. I'm a little suspicious that one Atom isn't enough to drive Home Server.

    Western Digital GP disks rock (2.8W idle) but I'd be a bit wary about the case PSU as it's unlikely to be 80Plus rated and might be very inefficent. You need to have efficient components end to end for low power consumption.

    Details of my build are here. It draws 37W idle and has comparable performance to the HP MediaSmart 475EX.

    www.ademiller.com/.../building-a-green-windows-home-server

    Cheers,

    Ade

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