After a good amount of time I have come up with my preferred hardware setup for my fileserver. I have a couple of old harddrives laying around so I won’t need them. I also don’t want to build in a CD-ROM drive permanently. I will use an external one for setup.
The German PC Builder site of Alternate is very good and has some nice checks built-in to prevent an incompatible setup. I looked always for the cheapest components.
AMD Sempron64 LE-1250 Boxed, OPGA, “Sparta”
with bundled cooling system. Although it’s single-core it can run in 64-Bit mode and should not get too warm.
With 4 S-ATA power connectors.
Sharkoon Rebel9 Economy-Edition
Plenty of space for 9 external 5.25″ drives in a midi sized tower(200 mm x 435 mm x 486 mm).
Arctic-Cooling AF8025 PWM
(3,99 x 2) 7,98 €
It has 4 S-ATA connectors on a NVIDIA nForce6. The build-in LAN is only 100-MBit, but I want to connect the fileserver via PowerLAN so that should be enough. Although it is not listed on Sun’s Solaris hardware compatibility list I try my luck with it.
Crucial DIMM 2 GB DDR2-667
The single-core CPU can only handle this type of RAM, but I guess that will be sufficient.
That’s it for the bare system.
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