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    My brother has recently built himself a new office and wants to have a network setup, i have setup his 2 computers to share files through a hub but he was wondering if a server would be a good idea for this. He would like one place for the files to be stored annd brought off of since the other computers arent as good and cant hold too much. If this would be a good idea what kind of software and hardware wouldi need to buy to build a server? I have built computers before but dont know what i would need for a server like connection wise. Thnx for all the help.:woot:
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    well, if uar going to do a lot of file sharing stuff, i would get som eof the 36gb 10,000 Hard drives. u wont need some fancy FX5900 video card, a mx400 or even intergrated will do. for cpu, i would get a intel, like a 2.6 or even a 3.2ghz if u have the cash for it. get a motherboard with intergrated RAID and intergreated sound/video. 1gb of pc 3200 or 2700 will do. also, get a good quialy PSU since u will mostly leave ur server on around24/7 and u dont want ur PSU to burn out. something from enermax or anec will be good.

    for case, u can get a server case like the lian li pc-70, but i think that will be overkill for price, a chingming dragon or something like that will do good. A good CPu cooling is a must for servers cause u ar going to leave ur server running for a long time. Get someting like a SLK-900 with a vantec Stealth fan for quiet operation.

    For software, i use Filezilla for my FTP server, its very simple to setup.

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    For a file server you don't need much for processing power. Basically it needs a lot of RAM, HD space/speed and a fast connection. If its networked the connection won't be a problem. Regular 10/100 LAN will be fast but even Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 would be faster if the hub(s) and other computers were all able to take advantage of it.

    Just about any processor nowadays is capable of handling this. You do NOT need an expensive 3.2ghz CPU.

    A couple of large SATA drives in RAID 0 would be great for storage and speed for the network, and 1GB of RAM or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    A couple of large SATA drives in RAID 0 would be great for storage and speed for the network.
    Personally, I would put the drives in a RAID 1 array, or if i had enough drives/money, a RAID 1+0 array so the data was always safe from hard drive crashes. But other than that, :thumb:

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    Yeah but if its for serving files speed is king so 0 would get my vote, but yes 0+1 would be even better but you would need 4 drives, correct?

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    in most business, reliability and security recieves a much higher priority than speed. In many cases, loosing files can have dire consquences on a business. With that said, you should consider raid 0 first, and if you can afford it, 0+1. Also, the most stable (not necessarily what OC the best) combination of hardware is what you will want to consider, since avoiding downtime may be a serious issue... depending on the business.

    Btw, an intel setup is not nessesary. There are plenty of amd solutions that can offer a very stable server at a reasonable price.
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    hmm small business with 2 comps? I say go with RAID 1. make sure you get some kind of backup device [tape, dvdr, CDR might work in the early stages even, external HDD backup is also a possibility]. as well while RAID is redundant it isn't infallible..

    if its just a file server you won't need much.

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    Get a cheap P4C 2.4 Ghz cpu on an Intelmade I875 mobo with at least 2x512Mb PC-3200, a sata raid system and you'll have the ulimate server machine with the best stability money can buy.

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    I was assuming this was for personal use and not business as per his post, that's why I recommended RAID 0 (speed) over RAID 1 (security).

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