Thanks for taking the time to help me. I'm new to server setups, and you are obviously knowledgeable, so please bear with me
Size is very important, because I will need to pack it in a suitcase when I fly back to Canada, so buying a used 1u server off ebay is out of the question. I would also like to keep costs around $300 preferably.
I assume you know what you're doing when you selected a G530, 8G of RAM and a small SSD. This not what the typical de-mutualized web server would require I think. But it might be exactly what you need of course.
I chose the G530 because it offers decent performance at a cheap price.
I will be running some memory-intensive Java applications, so I figure that more RAM will help.
I can swap out the SSD for a 5400 RPM 500GB 2.5" HDD.
Do you have any particular recommendations?
Why do you need an H67?
I'm not sure Foxconn has got such a good record when it comes to efficiency.
How about an Intel H61 board?
For that matter, how about a server board?
I picked it because it was cheaper, would Intel BOXDH61DLB3 be better? The Intel DBS1200KP was the only server mini-itx 1155 board I could find and it seems a little expensive while having not-so-great ratings.
As far as the CPU itself is concerned, yes (with a large enough heatsink).
But some board vendors such as Intel recommend against dispensing with the heatsink fan (it cools some parts of the board too). Check the documentation of the board you intend to use (I wouldn't use a board which didn't come with decent documentation for a server).
Considering this is a server, I don't think it's smart to try to push the envelope: use at least a fan. If your case has enough ventilation, the heatsink fan can cool the whole box. If not, you might consider getting rid of the heatsink fan in favor of a large case fan positionned to blow on the heatsink. But you'll get better results (and more reliability) with both a heatsink fan and a case fan. They can spin slower (and therefore be less noisy) if they're assisted by a second, better-postitioned fan.
Note that some boards do not come with good fan control. It's not strictly necessary for a server but it might require you to be more careful when shopping for fans and/or to resort to hacking.
Frankly I think you should put your server some place where a little noise wouldn't bother you instead of skimping on cooling. A small mITX case can fit virtually anywhere.
Alright, will keep the fan