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    What's the cheapest efficient way to run a file server, webserver?

    So I have around £210 notes to spend for christmas I was thinking I like messing with computers, websites and was wondering what would be the cheapest way to achieve this.

    What I want is a large storage small factor computer to run silent and power efficient 24/7 always on with still enough umph to do its job and not let me down.

    Option 1 Hard drive connected to a raspberry pi.

    Option 2 - Microserver

    Option 3 - cheaper alternative Dlink 320 DNS (circa £70 - £80 for 2Tb) mydlink.com/apps

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    option 1 is a winner.

    It's a great gateway to learn a bit of Python.

    One of mine is set up as a webserver/torrent box, the other is a dedicated XBMC box.

    The power consumption on a pi is around £5 per year!

    Original Poster

    Yes I have one for my daughter as an xbmc and its great. Odroid seem even better but a little expensive shipping etc

    What platform do you use to run the webserver?

    Option 2 - Microserver
    Option 3 - cheaper alternative Dlink 320 DNS (circa £70 - £80 for 2Tb) mydlink.com/apps

    Original Poster

    DNS-327L

    philphil61

    Option 3 - cheaper alternative Dlink 320 DNS (circa £70 - £80 for 2Tb) h … Option 3 - cheaper alternative Dlink 320 DNS (circa £70 - £80 for 2Tb) https://www.mydlink.com/apps



    Very interesting do these run wordpress sites?
    Edited by: "Dizy" 8th Dec 2014

    Dizy

    DNS-327LVery interesting do these run wordpress sites?



    Not sure but according to link I think yes

    dlink.vtverdohleb.org.ua/Add…On/

    I have a 320 DNS £35 approx + 2Tb Toshiba HD BNIB from auction house £37 approx + 1Tb HD removed from my PC (replaced HD with SSD) and it stores all my files and if fully accessible over LAN and externally - not tried to security side yet or other addons

    Edited by: "philphil61" 8th Dec 2014

    I'd say HP Microserver as there's a obscene amount of server software available for the x86/64bit market. Are you planning on joining the Dark side

    Original Poster

    Excellent I will have to look into these tonight hopefully extendable storage aswell

    Dizy

    Excellent I will have to look into these tonight hopefully extendable … Excellent I will have to look into these tonight hopefully extendable storage aswell



    The microserver has added benefits but didn't meet my tight budget - you said £200 approx and if I had that spare I'd have probably gone for a microserver.

    Depending on what the server is serving, a Raspberry Pi will be the most cost effective.

    microserver definitely. raspberry pi is under powered and limited. hp microserver is much more capable and self contained.

    stoney73

    microserver definitely. raspberry pi is under powered and limited. hp … microserver definitely. raspberry pi is under powered and limited. hp microserver is much more capable and self contained.



    Under powered for what exactly? I haven't hit a single limitation in nearly 2 years..

    What kind of load are you looking at for the website?
    If its local and fairly basic then I would go with Option 1 otherwise Option 2 or get two RasPi's and have one for web (as long as its not high usage and complex) and one for files.

    Original Poster

    What sort of wattage is a micro server compared to pi is it a big difference?

    Dizy

    What sort of wattage is a micro server compared to pi is it a big … What sort of wattage is a micro server compared to pi is it a big difference?


    About 25w to 45w for a microserver vs about 5w for a RasPi, less if its one of the newer models.

    joedastudd

    About 25w to 45w for a microserver vs about 5w for a RasPi, less if its … About 25w to 45w for a microserver vs about 5w for a RasPi, less if its one of the newer models.


    About 60-70 Watts for a Microserver but you can put 8 drives in that.
    Edited by: "kester76" 8th Dec 2014

    •N36L 2x 1.30GHz (TDP 15W)
    •N40L 2x 1.50GHz (TDP 15W)
    •N54L 2x 2.20GHz (TDP 25W)

    Original Poster

    The 3 different options all have their own advantages and disadvantages. I have 2 websites with a proper host one is Wordpress and one is vbulletin but I was going to drop the vb and just use the Wordpress site.

    Original Poster

    kester76

    I'd say HP Microserver as there's a obscene amount of server software … I'd say HP Microserver as there's a obscene amount of server software available for the x86/64bit market. Are you planning on joining the Dark side



    Been making website for a a few year ive had about £120 from adsesne in 3 year its not exactly breaking the bank but covers some of the hosting costs.

    adam_holcombe

    Under powered for what exactly? I haven't hit a single limitation in … Under powered for what exactly? I haven't hit a single limitation in nearly 2 years..



    Not everyone wants to learn how to code or have to tinker with their devices to get it to function. Microserver is much more user friendly, and more capable. Also a heck of a lot neater.

    Edited by: "stoney73" 8th Dec 2014

    Original Poster

    They need to be neat if you have a women in the house there not happy about unsightly computers in corners!

    Watts are good similar to a sky box really thats on 24/7 really decision decisions. Thanks for all the great answers here.
    Edited by: "Dizy" 8th Dec 2014

    Dizy

    They need to be neat if you have a women in the house there not happy … They need to be neat if you have a women in the house there not happy about unsightly computers in corners!Watts are good similar to a sky box really thats on 24/7 really decision decisions. Thanks for all the great answers here.



    yup, I'm under the same constraints. o/h has no patience for boxes with cables leading to yet more boxes and cables. Not everyone has a man cave to hide their gadgets lol.

    Original Poster

    Decided on a HP G1610T 150W PS ProLiant Gen8 Micro Server but looks like I missed a good deal of £189 a few weeks ago so going to hold out for a good one coming up hopefully.

    Dizy

    Decided on a HP G1610T 150W PS ProLiant Gen8 Micro Server but looks like … Decided on a HP G1610T 150W PS ProLiant Gen8 Micro Server but looks like I missed a good deal of £189 a few weeks ago so going to hold out for a good one coming up hopefully.


    Good choice, plenty of power under the hood. Ivybridge motherboard with which you can swap the cpu out. Looks like it supports link aggregation out of the box. I'd recommend a low profile PCIe graphics card with HDMI out as this machine can do so much more.

    Check out silentpcreview.com/art…tml

    Remember that the HP G1610T can have its CPU upgraded to a Xeon E3-1265LV2 CPU
    Edited by: "kester76" 9th Dec 2014

    stoney73

    Not everyone wants to learn how to code or have to tinker with their … Not everyone wants to learn how to code or have to tinker with their devices to get it to function. Microserver is much more user friendly, and more capable. Also a heck of a lot neater.



    To get it to run as a webserver is remarkably easy..
    Edited by: "adam_holcombe" 9th Dec 2014

    Original Poster

    Is this a decent price and the newest model? Just a double check before I make a big mistake.

    Cheapest I can find is.
    HP MicroSvr Gen8 G1610T Entry NHP EU Svr £198.00 inc shipping from senetic

    senetic.co.uk/pro…421
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