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home server using a old PC, advice needed
« on: November 18, 2021, 11:51:36 AM »
ive got a old PC that id like to repurpose into a home server. (i7 - 950 , 40gb ram, 6 drive bays + some SSD via PCIE)
is there a OS thats ideal? its currently running win10 home.
currently im just sharing folders on my network.
im computer confident, but not highly skilled.

any advice would be appreciated.
thanks!



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Re: home server using a old PC, advice needed
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2021, 05:01:26 PM »
Windows 10 and a Plex account.
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Re: home server using a old PC, advice needed
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2021, 07:55:28 AM »
I use an old Win 10 pro as a home server.  Works great!  I have 28tb (2x 10, 2x4) and a ssd for c drive.  I use the drivepool plugin so all drives appear as one giant drive so no need worry about what data lives where.  It also makes the windows shares even easier than it already is.  I do not raid but keep multiple backups.  I use Kodi on all my firetv's to stream tv/movies from the server.  Music is served either direct to desktop or via 3 squeezebox units.
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Re: home server using a old PC, advice needed
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2021, 03:20:39 PM »
ive got a old PC that id like to repurpose into a home server. (i7 - 950 , 40gb ram, 6 drive bays + some SSD via PCIE)
My golly that's huge!
As much fun as it would be, I'd see if a Raspberry Pi would do the same job for less watts of power.
Unless you're off-grid solar or something...
Maybe part this one out to fund the new project?
I have a great old Dell PC which should be used as a server, but it's 300 watts at idle!?

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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2021, 05:00:13 PM »
it's 300 watts at idle!?

I seriously doubt that unless it has an updated GPU.  Even then it wouldn't use that much unless under load.  Most store bought desktops don't even have more than a 300 watt power supply.  If it has a 300 watt power supply it's idling bellow 100.

M home server is my old custom built 6th gen i7, 32gb ram, 1 ssd, 4 WD Red's.  Overkill on specs but I repurposed my old build when I built my current 11th gen i7 rig. It idles around 100 or below.

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Re: home server using a old PC, advice needed
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2021, 07:17:34 PM »
Windows 10 and a Plex account.

Ditto on this, it's what I currently run with an old intel NUC. Plex is pretty easy to set up. Plus they usually have a BF sale for the Lifetime pass.
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Re: home server using a old PC, advice needed
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2021, 04:40:15 PM »
thanks for all the input.
this machine was my "daily driver" for a few years, until i moved and it went unused for 3+ yrs.
i tried to give this PC away earlier this year unsuccessfully, so parting it out for money seems like a chore.
i debated going a simple raspi set up, or a older tablet and an external drive ( i have both available).
this also gives me a chance to use some older HDD's and not worry about when they fail.
im not sure what the wattage is on the PSU, but im pretty sure its alot higher than 300.
ive had good luck with kodi but will look into plex.



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Re: home server using a old PC, advice needed
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2021, 11:09:20 PM »
it's 300 watts at idle!?

I seriously doubt that unless it has an updated GPU.  Even then it wouldn't use that much unless under load.  Most store bought desktops don't even have more than a 300 watt power supply.  If it has a 300 watt power supply it's idling bellow 100.

M home server is my old custom built 6th gen i7, 32gb ram, 1 ssd, 4 WD Red's.  Overkill on specs but I repurposed my old build when I built my current 11th gen i7 rig. It idles around 100 or below.


Been a while since I checked but I believe this machine is a lemon (bought it used) and doesn't idle as low as it ought to. I'll double check, maybe I blew it off because it requires EEC RAM and the fans are hella loud...
Definitely have not upgraded the graphics card, I know those are power hogs...


Gordon is correct that there is a difference between power supply max capacity and the amount of draw at idle, or in use "under load".
https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/product-support/product/precision-690/docs


My Dell Precision 690 came with a 750 or 1000 watt power supply, and I know it was made before modern efficiency ratings, so I doubt it's 80% efficient... I'll have to measure the draw with a "kill-a-watt" and see what it really does.

 

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