Mid Tower Server Build

I built my Uncle a server for files,web,Bit torrents,security cameras and to stream music. Our first one was an Atom mini computer. It works fine, but we are limited to storage space as it holds 2 2.5″ drives max. Our next attempt was a mid tower built out of spare parts. This machine is working fine so far. Only gripes I have is the hard drives aren’t easily accessible, we are out of SATA ports and we still have one drive to hook up and it built out of older desktop components. My Uncle is enjoying having the server, so I decided to build a real machine built with server grade hardware.

For a motherboard, We are going to run a Supermicro MBD-X9SCL+-F

Link to Supermicro MBD-X9SCL+-F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a CPU, we are going to run an Intel Celeron  2.4GHz Dual-Core Processor

Link to Intel Celeron 2.4GHz Dual-Core Processor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To keep this cool and keep quiet, a Thermaltake Contac 21 Universal CPU Cooler will be used.

Link to Thermaltake Contac 21 Universal CPU Cooler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For RAM, we are going to run Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory Model CT25672BA1339

Link to Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Operating System, we are going to use a Crucial m4 64GB  2.5″ Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Link to Crucial m4 64GB  2.5″ Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For ease of access to the hard drives to replace or upgrade, we are going to run two of these drive cages, 4 drives for 3 5.25 bays, for a total of 8 hard drives.

Link to SNT SNT-SAC3141B 4×3.5″ Hard drive in 3×5.25″ Bay Hot Swap SAS/SATA Backplane RAID cage (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To control the hard drives, we are going to use an IBM ServeRAID M1015 SAS Raid Card flashed to IT mode with LSI firmware.

Link to IBM ServeRAID M1015 SAS Raid Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And to power it all is an Antec EarthWatts Green Series 650 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply

Link to Antec EarthWatts Green Series 650 Watt Power Supply

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, its all going to live in a Dynapower Server Case EJ-SR08-B

Link to Dynapower Server Case EJ-SR08-B

Picture from manufacture’s website. Case has not arrived yet.