- Jan 11, 2007
So I've been toying with the idea to get a W2K8 R2 server up and running to use for study and as a File/VPN/NAS/IIS/Exchange server....ha.
I finally bit the bullet and spent a grand total of $221 on this beast!
C2D Celeron E3300 2.5GHz (undervolted)
4GB DDR2 800MHz (undervolted)
Zotac Geforce 9300-G-E ITX WiFi
2x500GB WD HDs in RAID1
200w POS PSU
Lian Li Q07 case
Man, this mighty mini is amazing! I just ordered a Kill-a-watt to see what I'm actually pulling at idle, but it can't be much. I have Server2008R2 running on it, its setup as a FTP, IIS7, NAS, Virtual machine running OpenVPN server vhd, etc. and its dead silent and wicked fast for what it is and what I spent. So impressed with Zotac and Lian Li, what a great ITX combo.
This isnt a special build by any means, just a great all round setup.
I do have a couple questions: Anyone know what the safest, lowest speed I should shoot for on the Geforce IGP? I want to conserve as much power as possible as this will run 24/7/365.
Also, anyone with this case, or have a recommendation for a low height, highly effcient cooler? Right now the MCP is 50c and the CPU is 32c, CPU is great, but it's doing nothing for the MCP and it pushes against the NB HS, which is part of the high temps. It was 80c at idle before I noticed the stock HSF was really pushing on the NB HS, so I reorientated it to not be so bad and it dropped to 50, but it's still too hot for my taste.
On to the pics!
Read a lot of complaints about the IO shield not fitting and the fit and finish of pieces not being that good, well, I can tell you I'm either lucky or they don't know their ass from a hot swap bay cause this is definately a Lian Li case. I've got a PC75B PlusII, Rocket-Fish (Lian Li) Server Tower and just got rid of a V1200B, its just as nicely built as all of those.
So funny story about the name, I had this Dell 200w PSU forever, wondering why I never threw it away, until yesterday when I got the wild hair up my ass to go buy this stuff at MicroCenter, glad I held on to it! Super quiet, all the rails are actually very stable, and it doesnt have a lot of leads, so it wasnt hard to fit. But it was ugly as sin, kept staring at me with that kill yourself grey color peeking out the mesh side panel. So I ghetto modded it with some Monster Energy dirtbike graphic packs haha.
I'm actually quite impressed how it turned out. Totally ghetto, totally what I was looking for
Stupid fan is pushing on the NB
Left the SATA like that so I can add a RAID card or TV tuner later.
Next to the 24" and 37" LCDs.
Yup, so that's my latest geekgasm. Love playing with this thing, Server 2008 R2 is pretty sick too, wow it has come a long way since NT! Haha.