I’ve been pondering over this build ever since my home server’s hard drive went belly up. I decided on a case, cooling solution and the amount of memory late last year. Now with Intel’s Haswell processors and accompanying chipsets have been unveiled, it’s time to pick the final pieces.
- Processor: Intel Core i5 4670
- Motherboard: ASUS H87I-PLUS
- Memory: 2 x 8GB DDR-1600
- Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White)
- Cooling: Swiftech H220
- Power Supply: SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM
And that’s it. I will be transferring existing storage disks and graphics options from other PCs.
I wanted an Intel Core i5 4670S but that seems to be impossible to obtain through retail channels. I also considered choosing an Intel Core i7 4770S but I couldn’t justify the $100 increase.
I settled with the Intel Core i5 4670 in order to keep VT-x and VT-d options. I gave up overclocking for flexibility and I don’t mind it. This computer’s future as a server will be better served with virtualization options than a clockspeed increases.
I have already purchased the memory and I’m closing in on the purchase of other parts. However, I think I’ll wait for NCIX’s sales refresh on Wednesday, just in case.