Do You Have a Home Server?

Do You Have a Home Server?



TheGhost's picture
Joined: 10/13/2014
Posts: 4

Yes I have a home server but its still in the works. use it to store Movies and PC Backups but wont to set up a Cache server with squid and other things in a VM
custom Server build over kill
lian-li PC-Q25 case
3- 2TB HDD
8GB Ram
Intel Xeon E3-1230V2

Manic Mouse
Manic Mouse's picture
Joined: 02/01/2007
Posts: 141

Yes I have a Synology 412+ NAS with 4x low speed 3TB drives in Synology's proprietary Raid 5-ish format netting about 9TB of online space.

It serves as a print server, file server and a place to store my monstrous porn... er... VIDEO collection. I don't use no steenking Blu-Rays, DVDs of VHS tapes! All my video is streamed by the Synology's media server apps.


Asus Maximus VIII Hero, Intel i7 6700K @4.6Ghz, 64gb Corsair Vengeance Black/White 3200MHZ, MSI GTX 1070 Aero 8G OC, Samsung 840 Evo, Vertex 4, Intel 510 & Adata SX900 SSDs, wrapped in a CoolerMaster HAF XM case. Monitor 27" Samsung SyncMaster SA850 2560 x 1440

Andreas Hofer
Andreas Hofer's picture
Joined: 10/31/2009
Posts: 121

Custom build based on Intel's 1st Gen. Atom Processor Mini-ITX board (1.8 GHz Single Core with H/T). 2GB of Corsair CMX SD-DDR2 667 and 2 Samsung drives for storage (has only 2 Sata connectors). Running Ubuntu Linux version 13.10 without desktop and customized kernel for super fast boot. For network connectivity i've added an intel GT1000 gigabit NIC. Currently serves as a mini storage platform and an Apache server. Probably going to replace the board though sometime this year with something more powerful that supports more drives.
So just updated my Home Server:

New Specs are:

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 4600+ (will be replaced by Phenom 2 X4)
RAM: 4x1GB Corsair SD-DDR2 667 (will be upgraded to 4x2GB Kingston)
MB: ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe
GPU: EVGA 9800 GT (will be replaced with passive one or upgraded for [email protected])
Case: Cooler Master Stacker 810 (top mounted PSU) with Be-Quiet Dark Power Pro 550W
OS: OpenMediaVault
1x Samsung 1TB,
2x Samsung 500GB,
3x WD 400 GB RE,
2x WD 250GB RE,
1x Kinston 8GB USB for OS,
1x ADATA XPG SX930 SSD for Caching.
(HDDs are temporary until new ones arrive)

Dan0myte's picture
Joined: 10/25/2001
Posts: 317

I have an Asustor 320T NAS and it does everything I could possibly want. Not sure what additional benefit a home server would provide over it. It hosts websites, FTP sites, automatically backs up my data, streams to Plex, has a built in BitTorrent client,RAID 0/1, VPN and remote management. On top of it all it sips power compared to conventional server.

Dan's Server Rack:
Norco RPC-470 -> E8500 @ 3.85GHz, GA-EP45-UD3P, 4Gb OCZ 1066 DDR2, OCZ Vertex 60Gb SSD, Seagate 7200.11 320Gb, Zalman 600W Heatpipe PSU, Vista x64 Pro
Norco RPC-270 -> AMD64 3200+, ASRock K8Upgrade-VM800, 1Gb DDR400, WD 80Gb (O/S), WD 1TB Green (Media), parallel 1000Mbs network cards, WinXP Pro

dustyschaffner's picture
Joined: 06/02/2009
Posts: 334

Two currently active. One Dell R200 for video host, music/picture/game backup and storage, and private TeamSpeak host, and a much older rig that is actually used as a functioning computer for friend events (it's plugged into a projector that points at a big screen on the wall). This is an old Athlon 64 x2 2.4GHz. It is left on 24/7 and used for miscellaneous file drops and transfers. The Dell is set up with a VPN, both are LAN Windows Homegroup hosts, one is controlled via VNC and the other is controlled through TeamViewer or direct.

There are also two inactive servers. One is an HP Proliant DL380, set up with RAID 5 and an external SCSI RAID 5 cabinet. It was loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 but was never put into use. It was originally too loud to listen to all day so I was waiting on a way to hang it on the garage wall where it couldn't easily be heard.
There is also my oldest working barebone, just no drives or PSU, an Athlon 64 1.8GHz. Too slow for anything but a TeamSpeak host or file storage.

All computers are on gigabit network.

3dGameMan's picture
Joined: 12/31/2000
Posts: 5401

I'm impressed, many have a Home Server.

Rodney Reynolds,

Ratchet's picture
Joined: 10/08/2008
Posts: 159

I do, it's just an HP workstation that is converted into a FreeNAS server. CPU is a C2D E6700, 4GB of DDR2 ECC, got an Nvidia Quadro GPU in it, been wanting to chuck something very cheap and weak just to output the CLI of FreeNAS.

Yep, storage; 2x WD 160GB drives in mirroring mode and a WD Red 2TB.

Bradford1040's picture
Joined: 05/02/2011
Posts: 7

I have what some would call over kill in the home server department lol, I have a 8 Dell Poweredge servers ranging from PE 1950's w/2 x X5492's to PE R710's w/2 x X5660's most maxed out with ram slots filled! I used to have my own websites and many game servers going and now they just heat me up in winter lol. I use them mainly for media storage across platforms and have it set up like Netflix where it changes quality smoothly in different bandwidth usage, which is nice when steaming on 3g or slow 4g phones or tablets! I have many family members that use my servers as well for a back up location, as I have every server has two full back up servers to take up if anything fails, so safe storage to say the least!

It is one small world, but I would hate to have to paint it!!!

Joined: 03/23/2012
Posts: 53

I have a server I built from used parts off of Ebay. It has a single 4TB Seagate Barracuda drive in it, which I plan to eventually swap out with a WD Red then RAID 1 it with another WD Red.

Super Micro Computer X7DWN+ LGA 771/Socket J Intel Motherboard for $35 (ish)
Two 4 core Xeon E5450's for $70 total (ish)
Two sets of 4x4GB of DDR2 ECC RAM totaling 32GB of RAM for $115 (ish)

With shipping it came to around $260 for 8 cores and 32GB of ECC RAM. It's a power hog (each of those DIMMs can use 10w at idle), but I live in Texas where electricity is very very cheap.

I use this for multiple purposes. It's running FreeNAS and I use it to host my personal Minecraft server, download torrents (so I don't have to worry about viruses), and share my media in my house with Plex Media Server. I also back up to it and have only used around 1TB of space so far.

z33k3r's picture
Joined: 05/31/2006
Posts: 94

Moved everything to the cloud :D

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Joined: 12/31/2000
Posts: 5401

Do You Have a Home Server?