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Making a Server

In the past, I’d had a few more DIY photologs (Making a Closet, Making a Patio, Making a Genovese) and thought it was about time that I put a new one online.

Last month, our Linux sandbox server died—presumably from heat prostration. So while we were shopping around for a new one, we thought: “wouldn’t it be better if we just built the server ourselves rather than ordering some pre-fab system that doesn’t really suit our needs?” (tons of fans, Debian Lenny/Linux, small, etc.). The parts arrived a few days later. Above is a gallery of the server construction. I’m happy to report that for the last few weeks, the server has been quietly humming without any problems.

Here’s a the step-by-step process of the server’s installation. Below the gallery, you can see a list of the parts we ordered.

Part Price
Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811147112
$29.99
Foxconn A76ML-K 3.0 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813186215
$44.99
Hitachi HDS721616PLA3 80 160GB 3.5″ SATA 7200RPM 8MB Pull Drive
Item #: EBTECH-719855
$33.99
LOGISYS Computer AC610 92mm Hydro Beta 10 AMD CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835999041
$12.99
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B – OEM
Item #: N82E16827118067
$16.99
COOLER MASTER R4-C2R-20AC-GP 120mm Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835103061
$9.99
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCK23GM – OEM
Item #: N82E16819103904
$52.99
hec HP485D 485W ATX12V Power Supply – Power Cord Included
Item #: N82E16817339020
$29.99
G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC310666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBNT
Item #: N82E16820231423
$20.49
Total 252.41