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Budget (including currency): 
Around 300 USD

Country: 

US

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: 
General server build. Websites, self-hosted chatting programs, whatever I feel like at the time. Probably running Debian or CentOS

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): 

The motherboard according to https://www.aliexpress.com/i/4000168330661.html is PCI E 3. The GPU I already have is purely to install and get SSHD running but it's PCI E 2. Is PCI E backwards compatible? The power supply which I know is complete overkill is something I already have but I am missing the cables for it. Is there anywhere where I can just buy PSU cables? And is the PSU compatible with the mobo in the first place? I hate to spend 60 dollars on a case for a server but part picker says it's the cheapest case that supports SSL CEB form factor which according to aliexpress again the motherboard is CEB form factor. Any other possible incompatibilities you see or a cheap performance upgrade?

I don't need any peripherals because I'll just use the ones I have with my desktop for setup then disconnect it from them and use ssh purely. I'll probably buy soonish? Maybe within the month?

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21 minutes ago, Vixie said:

Is PCI E backwards compatible?

Yes

21 minutes ago, Vixie said:

And is the PSU compatible with the mobo in the first place?

Highly likely

22 minutes ago, Vixie said:

Buy it on ebay, the price will be like 10 bucks

23 minutes ago, Vixie said:

I hate to spend 60 dollars on a case for a server but part picker says it's the cheapest case that supports SSL CEB form factor which according to aliexpress again the motherboard is CEB form factor

That looks like a micro atx motherboard. If you want to be 1000% sure get atx. No way its larger than that.

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Main Setup (all prices in USD since its pretty widespread and well known)    PCPartPicker List Link

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AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU - $85, Deepcool Gammaxx 400 V2 Blue CPU Cooler - $25, Biostar B450MH AM4 Motherboard - $65, Timetec 16GB (2x8) 3200MHz CL16 DDR4 RAM - $60, Adata SU650 240GB M.2 SSD - $30, WD Caviar Blue 250GB 7200RPM HDD - $20, Seagate Barracuda  320GB 7200RPM HDD - $20, MSI Aero Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB GPU - $200, Cougar MG130G Micro-ATX Case - $50, Aresgame AGK750 Fully Modular 80+ Gold PSU - $90, HP 22EB 21.5" 1080P 60Hz Monitor - $100, Samsung 21.5" 2S22E450D 1080P 60Hz Monitor - $90, Sceptre E205-W 19.5" 1600-3R 900P 75Hz Monitor - $70, GK73X Hot-Swappable Mechanical Keyboard (Gateron Red Switches) - $70, HK Gaming Dye Sub Chalk Keycaps - $40, Steelseries Rival 3 Mouse - $30, Redragon Mouse Pad - Came with bundle, Random XXL Amazon Mouse Pad - $10, Widesen USB Condenser Mic - $20, Gertisan Mic Arm - $12 (adapter needed, + $4), OneOdio Over Ear Headphones - $33, Cooler Master SickleFlow 120MM Blue Fan - $10, Iceberg Thermal IceGALE 140MM Teal Fan 2 Pack - $45, Cougar 120MM Case Fan - Included with MG 130G

Rack Project (Build log link)

Rack Project PC (1)

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Intel Core i5-2400 CPU - $25, Vetroo L5 CPU Cooler - $30, Dell Optiplex 390 LGA 1155 Motherboard - $15, G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB (2x8) 1866MHz CL10 DDR3 RAM  - $50, Leven 120GB 2.5" SSD - $22, MSI Aero Nvidia GTX 1050 TI 4GB - $150, Segotep GP 600W Non-Modular 80+ Gold PSU - $52, Tecware Spectre RGB Pro Mechanical Keyboard (Outemu Brown Switches) - $70, Pictek T16 Mouse - $23

Rack Project PC (2)

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Intel Core i5-2400 CPU - $25, Enermax ETS-N31 CPU Cooler - $25, Dell Optiplex 390 LGA 1155 Motherboard - $15, 8GB (2x4) Hynix 1600MHz CL11 DDR3 RAM - $30, Leven 120GB 2.5" SSD - $22, Intel HD 2000 Graphics - Integrated into CPU, Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 600W Non-Modular 80+ PSU - $50, HP Office Keyboard - $5, Havit Mouse - $10

 "I had the parts lying around" PC

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AMD A8-4555M CPU, "Stock" Cooler, Coinmine ITX Motherboard - ($Total of 3=$35), 8GB (2x4) Hynix 1333MHz CLsomething DDR3 SODIMM RAM - $22, HP 120GB 2.5" SSD - $203, AMD Radeon 7600G Graphics - Integrated into CPU, EVGA N1 400W Non-Modular PSU - $40, InWin 303 (Yes, I know its a ridiculously expensive and high end case for this type of build. I got one for free and had it lying around.) - $90, Thermaltake Riing 120MM Blue Fan (x3) - $17 Each, Cooler Master 120MM Case Fan - $10, Redragon S107 Keyboard + Mouse + Mouse Pad - $37

Other parts I have lying around

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3 Dell Optiplex Stock Coolers (1 broken), Cooler Master T2 Cooler, Intel Stock Cooler, Replace Power 420W PSU, Broken FX-8350, Broken Asrock 970 Motherboard, 2x4GB DDR3 RAM 1333MHz, a Dell Office KB, a bunch of office mice

Dell Inspiron 15-3575 Laptop

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Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, 4GB RAM, Windows 10 Home Activated 64 Bit, 500GB HDD, Intel UHD 600 Graphics

Gateway Vintage Laptop from 2006 probably

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Intel Core 2 Duo T5500, 3GB RAM, Windows Vista Home Premium Activated 32 Bit, 250GB HDD, Intel 965 Graphics

 

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1 hour ago, davemc said:

That looks like a micro atx motherboard. If you want to be 1000% sure get atx. No way its larger than that

Well what if this 'CEB' form factor has different mounting holes? well... if the case can both do ATX and CEB then I guess it probably is the same
but still I don't see every atx board on part picker with CEB compatibility... oh nevermind I just checked... yeah I do see that. Alright good enough thank you on that

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17 minutes ago, Vixie said:

but still I don't see every atx board on part picker with CEB compatibility... oh nevermind I just checked... yeah I do see that. Alright good enough thank you on that

The new case I picked does not explicitly support it actually. CEB is like an inch or so bigger so I want wonder if that's why or if I don't have to worry

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5 minutes ago, brob said:

An EATX case should be fine. Although you should check the motherboard dimensions. Many current ATX cases would likely have enough room.

Worst case scenario I can transplant another pc of mine into the new case and then the new pc into the old case. I might do that anyways because the case I already have looks a lot more appropriate for the job. It has hot swap bays and stuff even though I probably won't use it...

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One thing I'm a bit worried is possible upgrade paths and the extreme lack there of. The only reasonable thing I can do is upgrade the CPU to one with a better base clock but I doubt that would matter all that much with performance.
Besides that I can't see anything that doesn't include swapping out the motherboard entirely and buying a wayyyy more expensive cpu.

 

Oh and getting more ram but I'm not awfully worried about that. I'll see what I have free when I got everything set up though.
 

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PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $31.99 @ Amazon
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5 g Thermal Paste $6.65 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTS 450 1 GB Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 400 W ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Custom Intel Xeon E5-2650 $32.99
Custom SAMSUNG MICRON HYNIX KINGSTON 16GB $44.99
Custom Dual Socket Motherboard E5CPU $135.99
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total $372.58
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-04-20 10:41 EDT-0400  



After some more research I've came out to this. It's a bit over budget but I think I can do. The motherboard is stupidly expensive but gives me an easy upgrade path of simply getting another CPU. This should hopefully work? Do I need two CPUs for the board to function?

This is incredibly janky feeling to me I hope it works

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Th current config is good but getting a ram with more speed like 2993mhz 3000mhz would be better.

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55 minutes ago, Gamer4714 said:

Th current config is good but getting a ram with more speed like 2993mhz 3000mhz would be better.

I believe the list you are referencing is outdated.
Check my last post in the thread for the new one with my new research.
According to intel the chip only supports ddr4? (unless CPU ram support is backwards compatible but I'd be surprised if it were to be.)  So I got a board with ddr4 and new ddr4 ram.
Also the board is dual socket to allow myself an easier upgrade than before.

 

Edit:

Useful review. I now know I can use one CPU and that it is EATX. And that I can get it cheaper on aliexpress.

 

edit 2:  Nope I can't heh. Amazon is about the best I can get

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