It started out that I don't need a server, a nice 1TB external hard drive would suffice, but that's way too boring. With that said, in order to justify having a server running 24/7/365 it would need to use as little power as possible. I almost bought a D945GCLF2D, but then I didn't. Not too much longer, Intel released the D510, with dual core support and LOW
So power results, I've sinced looked at other solutions, FreeNAS ended up being a little too basic. But here are the results:
-Windows XP Professional
-Idle, hard drive spun up - 18w
-Idle, hard drive spun down - 15.4w
Windows 2003 Server R2
-Idle, active - 20w
-Idle -18w(hard drive does NOT spin down in the server OS)
Box is currently running Windows 2003 Server R2
Ark PI-01 2-Bay Mini-ITX Computer Case
- Got it for like forty bucks from a local computer retailer called "Geeks.com"
Intel Atom D510 Mainboard
- Bought at Frys Electronics for 79.00
1GB of Kingston PC-6400 DDR2 Memory
- Also bought at Frys Electronics for 30.00
Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB
- From Amazon.com for 54.99
- Purchased from from minibox.com for 59.00
Enermax 80mm Case Fan
- From Frys Electronics for 5.99. Super quiet! Its kind of cool, the shaft floats magnetically, no ball bearings.
Now the fun part, pictures:
The D510 Board
Mainboard and Case ready
View from the side, need to get that lame, blinky LED fan out of there!
Mainboard installed, power supply removed, lame blinky LED fan removed.
So as I was removing the fan, I found this useless obstruction meant to create a neat effect if you have a lame blinky LED fan in the case.....DREMEL TIME!
I found that the little 12v Dremel that wasn't cutting it, literally....Time for the big drill!
Done! Ah, that was much faster!
Grill re-installed and back on the box. I did try to cut the metal baffling out, but my Dremel discs were too weak, so I will need to go find some better ones at sears or something. I'm also waiting for my wife to bring home a can of flat black spray paint so it doesn't look so goofy with the silver. I'll put that picture up later tonight.
Painted and baffling removed.
So I've got a few things in the mail since:
-(2) 6.5" SATA II Cables. Just the right length
-PicoPSU-80. This thing is freaking sweet!
-Reshaped front fan hole, and added rear PSU cover plate
-Picked up a new refurbished SATA CD drive for $5.99 at a local computer retailer
New Fan Installed with re-shaped hole. Finally got a grinder bit for my new Dremel.
PicoPSU-80 Power Supply.
Fan Installed from the left side:
Fan Hole. I really messed it up, I wish I would have waited. I wanted to use U Channel Edging, but I found some old weather stripping that I wrapped around the hole, then used a lighter to heat it up for forming it to fit the hole quite nicely.
New PSU Backplate Cover. I cut up an old and non-working PSU. I think it looks nice, no more gaping hole.
View from side.
View of the other side.
Put the lame blinky LED fan to good use, removed one of the LEDs and installed it where the green power light used to be, looks cool.
Hard Drive Installed. The wiring isn't as clean as I would hope, but it looks good!
Thanks for looking