So, you want to know how to build a server right? Did you think you could build a server from your existing knowledge of desktop building? No? Then there’s a great reason why you came here. If you’re going to start a data center, then you’re out of place. That requires far greater knowledge than what you currently have. Skip this and start looking for taking course. But if you just want to build a small home server or a small business server, then you are on the right place. Let’s begin.
There are several reasons about why you would like to have a server. The first thing is if you want to have a “cloud” platform for your multiple computers, tablets and devices. Another is if you’re a business seeking to sync data to the “cloud”. The term cloud here is the server, where’s all files, settings, database, images, videos, documents can be automatically duplicated to avoid data loss. You can also use this server as an intranet, to let your local network communicate with one another easily, share files, send files and more. The latter is best for large corporations and companies. Without further ado, let’s begin.
For the CPU, you’ll require a powerful multicore processor. Server processors from Intel are among one of the best lines of server processors that you can get. The Intel Xeon is one of the popular ones, but for a home server, an Intel Core i7-3930K is sufficient. It has six cores clocked at 3.2 GHz. Current price is around $477. A separate CPU cooler is also a great addition to keep the CPU running cool.
For your motherboard, the best match is the Intel DX79TO ATX LGA2011 Motherboard currently at $220 price mark. It has eight 240-pin memory slots of up to 64 GB memory support. It supports quad channel.
As for the memory, filling up to 64 GB limit is a great idea to maximize your server performance. It can easily handle heavy loads, especially if multiple users are to connect to it. Get eight Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory, currently at $58 per piece.
We’re going to use dual storage type here to reduce HDD bottleneck. Tww Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive for system files, operating system and important data and two Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive for storage.
The MSI Radeon HD 6450 1GB Video Card is more than enough for your display. You don’t need powerful graphics for a server; you need a fast computing capability and uber memory.
A 600W power supply and an ATX Mid Tower Case will complete your build. The total cost is around $1900.