Home Builder Specials

Are you thinking about building your own Windows Home Server?  Here is some great hardware to get you started.

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GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L Micro ATX Intel Motherboard – This mobo takes almost all Intel processors.  Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium Extreme / Pentium D / Pentium 4 Extreme / Pentium 4 / Celeron.  It has two DDR2-800 slots and two PCI slots, 1 PCIE x1, and one PCIE x16 slot.  It has four SATA ports onboard and a total of 8 USB ports.

RAM

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PNY 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $48.99 Free Shipping, no discount codes needed.  Builders can get very specific in the memory for their systems.  These two sticks are DDR2-800 so they should perform nicely with the motherboard.

Before you pair up RAM to a motherboard always refer to the motherboard’s site to see what works best.  You may have some RAM laying around or in another PC that would work well with the motherboard you choose.  I often upgrade a PC in my network and pass it’s RAM down to the build I am working on.

Video

It’s hard to spend money on a video card for a Windows Home Server since it’s designed as a headless server.  It’s so nice to be able to hook a monitor up to your WHS though.  I think you will like this find.

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GIGABYTE GeForce 7200GS GV-NX72G512E2 Video Card For $26 you get a decent card that is low profile and passive cooling.  It’s not going to rip through the latest games but all you need with WHS is a splash of color and quiet!  This one will do the trick very nicely.

What else do we need?  A case, power supply, processor, and some hard drives.  Oh yeah, don’t forget that copy of Windows Home Server!

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Microsoft Windows Home Server 32 Bit 1 Pack (Power pack 1)

The processor is a matter of choice.  The least expensive will be a Celeron for around $40.  There is a Celeron Dual Core for $53 but I have never tried a dual core Celeron.  You can step up to a Core 2 Duo for around $110.  If we choose the least expensive route our total is around $275.  If you have a spare case and power supply laying around you are set!  Add some hard drives and start backing up with Windows Home Server!

I can’t leave out the MediaSmart Server owners.  Newegg.com has a great deal on a eSATA port multiplier hard drive bay.

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SANS DIGITAL TR4M 4 Bay SATA to eSATA (Port Multiplier) JBOD Enclosure

EX47x users can take advantage of adding  4 more drives to their system via the eSATA port on the back.  EX48x users?  Nope, no port multiplier for you but you have those neat gizmos from HP that 47x owners are still waiting for!

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