So after some painstaking construction and setup and configuration I finally got my Atom server up. Now originally I was going to show people how to build a computer using that setup, however I realized that the computer had a preinstalled power supply, a preinstalled CPU, and all it really was was putting in the RAM and connecting everything together. So while I still may do a guide on how to build a computer using that machine, I think my main guide will use either my Dell XPS or my second hand PC.
The final hardware configuration (and links to sites where I purchased material) is as follows:
The online prices have changed, but I think the total cost to me was about $180.
I got Windows Server 2008 R2 setup, and I’ll be posting a guide on how I made a bootable USB. Here is a screenshot of proof that I finally got it working!
Still not sure if I am going to stick with Windows Server. I may switch to Windows Home Server, or maybe just over to Ubuntu Server 10.4 when released.
So I’m still looking into replacing my giant server with a budget of $200. Currently what I have so far is:
This brings me to about $160, well under budget. I’ll cannibalize the 500 gig hard drive from the existing server, and borrow the DVD drive to install (dun dun DUNNNN) Windows Server 2008 R2. I got a free copy through Microsoft’s Dreamspark, and I’m gonna try it out. I’ll back up all the data on the 500 gig drive, and I wont touch the Ubuntu machine’s 60 gig OS drive, but I’m hoping to give it an honest try and see what Microsoft has to offer when it comes to a home server. Expected power usage is about 20 watts, which is about a tenth of the current power usage of the Dell server.
I dunno what to expect from using MS Server, but I want to at least try. If I hate it, I can always just go back to Ubuntu Server 9.10.
So there really is no reason for the server to be on the machine its on right now. The server is a P4 3.0GHz with 1GB PC3200 400MHz RAM in a 7 year old Dell configuration. The thing must suck a lot of power. To save some money in the long run, I’m thinking about switching it to an Atom machine. Here is the possible configuration:
Would be about $150, and according to the PSU calculator, would drop my power consumption from 229 watts to 54 watts. A 175 watt saving will save me about $150 in electricity, if assuming $0.10 per kWh. Then again we split the electricity bill 5 ways, so I’d really only save $30 a year, but I think of it as an investment. I just hope the savings in electricity won’t also mean I lose computing power.
I’m gonna post on reddit to see if they have any advice.