Category: User Builds

SSD Caching on Hyper-V

SSD Caching on Hyper-V

Written By: Timekills Does SSD caching, as enabled by the Intel Z68 chipset, speed up operations in a Hyper-V (virtualized) client on a Server 2008R2 host? The argument against using an SSD as a cache when using a motherboard with Intel’s new Z68 chipset is difficult to rebut. If you are using the system as […]

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Mini V1 Server – PC-V354B

Mini V1 Server - PC-V354B

As I prepared to ready a server that will ultimately be my WHS 2011, I needed a full tower that would hold all the drives I was planning to use. Rather than buy another full tower, I decided that I would make more sense to build a new mini V1 server that would be used […]

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Icy Dock MB973SP-B Tray-Less 3 in 2 SATA Backplane Module Review

Icy Dock MB973SP-B Tray-Less 3 in 2 SATA Backplane Module Review

One of the best features of store bought servers is the ability to add and remove drives without having to take a case apart and mess with those tiny screws.  For home builders, that convenience just doesn’t exist.  Last year at CES, we met with the people at Icy Dock and were excited to see […]

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An alternative to Windows Home Server Build

An alternative to Windows Home Server Build

This is a guest post by C. Winter. In December 2008 my home PC died taking with it my database, all MP3s, home videos, all my pictures and a full 1tb drive of films I had ripped from my collection.  So I got to thinking why not have some sort of server storing everything, backups,  […]

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Project: BIOS Reset

Project: BIOS Reset

BYOB Atom Home build.

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The MMetzger istarUSA WOS-990 Build

The MMetzger istarUSA WOS-990 Build

This is a cool build from M. Metzger.  You can also follow this build in the forums here. The Old — The ex475 (7 2TB and 1 500GB drives) mirrors the ex495 (5 2TB and 3 1.5TB drives) The New – During assembly And in the cart (istarUSA WOS-990) Case – Norco 4220 Motherboard – […]

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Gigabyte P55-USB3 Intel RAID vs. GSATA2 or JMicron RAID in Windows Home Server

Gigabyte P55-USB3 Intel RAID vs. GSATA2 or JMicron RAID in Windows Home Server

The following is a test of the Gigabyte P55-USB3 motherboard’s RAID capabilities.  The hard drives in use are not speed demons.  They are the Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9250315AS 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive.  The real test is to see how the different RAID chipsets on the board perform.  These tests […]

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Vail Test Server Build

Vail Test Server Build

What is the goal of this build. The primary goal is to build a Vail test server.  A secondary goal would be to either use it as my WHS once Vail is released or sell it as a desktop PC or WHS. Why did I choose these parts? I got the two 2.5” drives to […]

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Chris B External Drive Setup

Chris B External Drive Setup

Chris B. is using the external drive that I recommended way back in December. Take a look at the drive in action! Chris Says: “I do wish that it would work without external power like the Samsung drive can.” “But, I probably would have still ordered the HP even if it would have known about […]

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Roberts Cooler Master Build

Roberts Cooler Master Build

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP computer case 2 X SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Fan Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) ASUS M3A76-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G uATX AMD Motherboard 3 X Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 2 X VANTEC MRK-200ST-BK EZ Swap 3.5″ SATA Removable […]

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