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Budget Linux Computer / Server £81.89 Total - see op

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I was asked to build a Linux server for a beginner to Linux for as close to £100 as possible, please note this is a build it yourself server. ASRock C70M1 Motherboard https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/p… Read More
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4m, 3d agoFound 4 months, 3 days ago
I was asked to build a Linux server for a beginner to Linux for as close to £100 as possible, please note this is a build it yourself server.

ASRock C70M1 Motherboard
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JMQ1V24/

Crucial 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006YG88QC/

CiT 1018 Case with 500W Power Supply
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331589309743

250GB SATA HARD DRIVE
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171187928622

Operating System:
https://www.linuxmint.com/

Plenty of room to upgrade in the future.

I'm happy to answer any questions.

Credit: Thank you to Protoype for helping me reduce the motherboard price :)

Update 1: I've managed to reduce this down an extra £6.76 by replacing the case which still includes a power supply, £84.92 has to be a better deal for a complete base unit :)

Update 2: in case anyone need's a keyboard and mouse set, the cheapest I've found a set for is £6.30 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201599034458

Update 3: I've managed to reduce the cost down again an extra £3.03 by replacing the hard time, total cost £81.89, price correct at the time of updating this update 15:52pm on the 23/01/17.

For an extra £3.03 more the Hard Drive can be upgraded to a 320GB http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201531848485
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4m, 3d agoFound 4 months, 3 days ago
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For a simple Linux file server you could use a Raspberry Pi 3 and just hook up a larger USB drive :)
10 Likes
Flynn_Lives
For a simple Linux file server you could use a Raspberry Pi 3 and just hook up a larger USB drive :)

Yup, but as with all things linux, why do simple when you can make it as complicated as possible.
5 Likes
You'd be better off getting a hp gen 8. Lilo is worth the money alone

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2 Likes #1
Not really a deal - more a project. And I believe the majority of consumers have neither the time or the knowledge to build it themselves. Only my 2p worth of course.


Edited By: Bilbo1968 on Jan 22, 2017 18:16: .
2 Likes #2
Bilbo1968
Not really a deal - more a project. And I believe the majority of consumers have neither the time or the knowledge to build it themselves.
I do understand where your coming from, but to me to be able to build a base unit for around £100 is a bargain in my opinion, and from my experience a lot of people (not all, but a lot) know at least one person who knows how to build one.
#3
YMMV. but woudln't a SoC like :
https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-C70M1-Motherboard-M-ITX-2xD3/dp/B00JMQ1V24/

be good enough for a simple home file server? Presuming this beginner will just be using it for file storage/back up etc.

Edited By: niceroundpound on Jan 22, 2017 18:21
#4
Protoype
YMMV. but woudln't a SoC like : [url=http://www.hotukdeals.com/visit?t=2605089&hukdm=1650&d=https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-C70M1-Motherboard-M-ITX-2xD3/dp/B00JMQ1V24/url]

be good enough for a simple home file server? Presuming this beginner will just be using it for file storage/back up etc.

That's a very good point, thanks for sharing!


Edited By: niceroundpound on Jan 22, 2017 18:22
#5
alexjake
Bilbo1968
Not really a deal - more a project. And I believe the majority of consumers have neither the time or the knowledge to build it themselves.
I do understand where your coming from, but to me to be able to build a base unit for around £100 is a bargain in my opinion, and from my experience a lot of people (not all, but a lot) know at least one person who knows how to build one.

Can't argue with you on that :)
5 Likes #6
You'd be better off getting a hp gen 8. Lilo is worth the money alone
1 Like #7
Would this be better than something like the dell t20 / HP servers that are on here often. just asking cause I'm waiting of the next time they are on offer. Same as above basic home office server for files and backups
11 Likes #8
For a simple Linux file server you could use a Raspberry Pi 3 and just hook up a larger USB drive :)
1 Like #9
I admire your work but not sure this is a deal as you can't directly compare this to another build esp since u admit you could've sources it a little cheaper.

At this price I would still be recommending the HP Microserver or one of the Lenovo/Dell ones if you want more expandability.

Definitely worth discussing further as a project if you can find advantages of this spec over other options.
#11
That offer's expired, "Dell PowerEdge T20 Pentium G3220 3GHz 4GB RAM 500GB HDD Mini Tower Server is discontinued"
10 Likes #12
Flynn_Lives
For a simple Linux file server you could use a Raspberry Pi 3 and just hook up a larger USB drive :)

Yup, but as with all things linux, why do simple when you can make it as complicated as possible.
#13
jaydeeuk1
Flynn_Lives
For a simple Linux file server you could use a Raspberry Pi 3 and just hook up a larger USB drive :)
Yup, but as with all things linux, why do simple when you can make it as complicated as possible.
This is why I prefer to build something myself rather than by it ready built because where's the fun in that :)

Edited By: alexjake on Jan 22, 2017 18:52
#14
Funny enough I was asked to move someone's websites but they had no money to spend and wanted to return a rented dedicated server. What they did have was an old i3 laptop and VM connection. Should do them till things pickup :-)
#15
I've managed to reduce the cost down an extra £6.76 to £84.92 has to be a better deal for a complete base unit :)

Everything is brand new with warranty :D

Edited By: alexjake on Jan 22, 2017 19:22: reduced cost
#16
why not just get a NAS box?
2 Likes #17
Get Raspberry Pi. Thank you, goodbye.
#18
If anyone happens to need a keyboard and mouse to go with this base unit I've found a set for £6.30 with free shipping, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201599034458 another bargain in my opinion :)
#19
japes
why not just get a NAS box?
a computer has more flexibility than a NAS box :)
#20
alexjake
japes
why not just get a NAS box?
a computer has more flexibility than a NAS box :)


like what on a sub £100 budget? The request was for a file server, nothing else. A £60 NAS box would be more than adequate
Oh and think of the wasted electricity with a 500w PSU powered on 24/7

Edited By: japes on Jan 22, 2017 20:10: additional
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japes
alexjake
japes
why not just get a NAS box?
a computer has more flexibility than a NAS box :)
like what on a sub £100 budget? The request was for a file server, nothing else. A £60 NAS box would be more than adequate
Oh and think of the wasted electricity with a 500w PSU powered on 24/7

the person who asked me to build a base unit for them wanted something simple to code on via the command line as they wanted to learn linux from scratch, file storage was also a requirement (yes a raspberry pi was an option but they wanted a computer instead)

as far as i know you can't code on a NAS box

a 500w power supply doesn't draw 500w of usage 24/7 ;)
#22
I'd have gone for an N3050, similar price, much quicker, lower power
#23
alexjake
japes
alexjake
japes
why not just get a NAS box?
a computer has more flexibility than a NAS box :)
like what on a sub £100 budget? The request was for a file server, nothing else. A £60 NAS box would be more than adequate
Oh and think of the wasted electricity with a 500w PSU powered on 24/7

the person who asked me to build a base unit for them wanted something simple to code on via the command line as they wanted to learn linux from scratch, file storage was also a requirement (yes a raspberry pi was an option but they wanted a computer instead)

as far as i know you can't code on a NAS box

a 500w power supply doesn't draw 500w of usage 24/7 ;)


"a 500w power supply doesn't draw 500w of usage 24/7" Don't think I said it did, but it does waste a hell of a lot more than a simple NAS box. Not knocking the project but seems overkill for the request. Coding can be practiced via a web browser. But anyhoooo..... well done on building a PC.
#24
japes
But anyhoooo..... well done on building a PC.
Thank you :)
2 Likes #25
Dude just wants to learn Linux and code via bash shell, not build Skynet! 64GB of RAM!!!
Yaradabbadoo
I have one of those DELL T20 Xeon jobbies and it is amazing, super quick, highly recommend one if a good deal comes along.(I got £100 quid cashback)
I put 64 gig Ram and installed Ubuntu server on it with some HGST drives and a couple of SSDs, I think for the money it is a better deal than this even thou its more cash.
It feels as quick as my i7 6700K only downer is that is its kinda loud ! I put it in the spare room so I dont have to listen to it:-)
I reckon you can totally use it as a desktop and server at the same time, I would say the processor is up for it. I use the proc as part of a cluster and it has no problems while dishing up data at the same time.
PS - Dont use Mint as a server, unless you dont mind the updates breaking it once in a while!


Edited By: zulfkar97 on Jan 22, 2017 22:54
1 Like #26
Good find.
#27
zulfkar97
Dude just wants to learn Linux and code via bash shell, not build Skynet! 64GB of RAM!!!
Yaradabbadoo
I have one of those DELL T20 Xeon jobbies and it is amazing, super quick, highly recommend one if a good deal comes along.(I got £100 quid cashback)
I put 64 gig Ram and installed Ubuntu server on it with some HGST drives and a couple of SSDs, I think for the money it is a better deal than this even thou its more cash.
It feels as quick as my i7 6700K only downer is that is its kinda loud ! I put it in the spare room so I dont have to listen to it:-)
I reckon you can totally use it as a desktop and server at the same time, I would say the processor is up for it. I use the proc as part of a cluster and it has no problems while dishing up data at the same time.
PS - Dont use Mint as a server, unless you dont mind the updates breaking it once in a while!


Yer sorry Im talking out of my **** anyway its only got 32g in there:-) I just checked, I got my servers mixed up, oops!

If you want learn Linux put it on a old laptop with a SSD and it will fly. But he wants a server so yer buy this Amd or a Pi.

Edited By: Yaradabbadoo on Jan 22, 2017 23:17
#28
Flynn_Lives
For a simple Linux file server you could use a Raspberry Pi 3 and just hook up a larger USB drive :)


unless you need something quick...
#29
ChinesePate
Get Raspberry Pi. Thank you, goodbye.


it is slow.
#30
Flynn_Lives
For a simple Linux file server you could use a Raspberry Pi 3 and just hook up a larger USB drive :)

I had my NAS server's RAID card fail yesterday (which was supporting an all-in-one ceph cluster, as complex as it's reasonable to be) and you know what I replaced it with temporarily? An ARM board and a HDD attached via USB ;D Simple's great sometimes.
#31
Flynn_Lives
For a simple Linux file server you could use a Raspberry Pi 3 and just hook up a larger USB drive :)


agreed :) done it already :)
1 Like #32
Has OP bothered to check to see if there are Linux drivers for all the components?
1 Like #33
Lot's of ways to achieve the goal but the OP's build will do as asked, better than a rPi FWIW (but more ££).

+1 heat for a Linux build on the "Computer Highlights" on HUKD. GJ OP. Hope more people switch to the Penguin :)
1 Like #34
I would use Intel based solution like this one:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00J3KAA76

it cost only 10 quid more but in exchange it is much more powerful.
#35
Beginner's what?
#36
alexjake

Everything is brand new with warranty :D
Which can mean taking apart, shopping for new parts, reassembly. I know that's not too much hassle, but a cheap dedicated server offer can come with next day on-site warranty, even one year only would cover the same time period where self-build components show faults. The HP microserver with Mint etc would be a similar cost.
2 Likes #37
mrew42
Beginner's what?
yeah well spotted. you win grammatical error's off the day.

There's a couple more for you as well. :D
1 Like #38
I was tasked to build a budget Linux computer/server, and I feel for what components are above it's a decent machine for someone who's just getting into Linux for the first time :) and all for less than £85 delivered :).
#39
spannerzone
mrew42
Beginner's what?
yeah well spotted. you win grammatical error's off the day.
There's a couple more for you as well. :D

I can't help it if the title p***ses me off.
Oh he's changed it now.
#40
mrew42
spannerzone
mrew42
Beginner's what?
yeah well spotted. you win grammatical error's off the day.
There's a couple more for you as well. :D
I can't help it if the title p***ses me off.
Oh he's changed it now.
sorry about that ;)

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