Home Server Build - Choosing Hardware and Benchmarks

Setting Up Hosting Server – Home Server Build – Choosing Hardware and Benchmarks


Home Server Build – Choosing Hardware and Benchmarks

Setting Up Hosting Server

Here it is, my home server build! The goal of this server was to run multiple virtual machines without having any resource issues. This is why I went with a dual socket motherboard, allowing me to run 16 CPU cores and 128GB of RAM.

I’ll discuss why I picked all the different hardware and hypervisor, as well as run some performance benchmarks to see how well everything performs. The information should help you when selecting the hardware to use in your next server build.

Samsung 1TB SSD Review:
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Case Review:
Noctua CPU Coolers:
Corsair 850W Power Supply Overview:

You can see how this server stacks up against my AMD Threadripper 1950X system here:

I got the motherboard, CPUs and RAM used from Natex:

All other parts were purchased new, you can buy them on Amazon:
Samsung SSD:
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe:
Corsair PSU:

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Home Server Build – Choosing Hardware and Benchmarks

46 thoughts on “Setting Up Hosting Server – Home Server Build – Choosing Hardware and Benchmarks

  1. Does it game better than most 8 core non~ECC registered? I'm thinking about getting two 20 core xeon CPUs = 40 cores with 100mb of L3 cache….. This SHOULD smoke most 8 core mainstream setups, yes??

  2. A lot of great information and the quality of the video is great. Only one thing IMO. The way the information was given felt like I was drinking from a fire hose. Way too much and way to fast. I understand what you're saying, but slow down so that people can process it and move to the next gold nugget. Love the work keep up it up.

  3. I love videos like this, seeing the cool things people do with computers. The only server I have is a Dell T30 I recently bought off eBay. So far I'm streaming mp3s with FreeBSD. Probably not ideal for virtualization, having a 64GB max and four cores. Just something to play around with.

  4. Very nice system indeed. I'm curious how you dust manage the system. I tend to find the inbuilt dust management in dedicated server towers or racks to be more manageable than desktops in general. But judging from your design you seem to have easy access for dust blowers and cleaning.

    I have an old HP ML110 G7 which I upgraded to 32GB of ECC ram and an old i5-680 3.6 GHz Dual-Core (The best for my SMB). Not as powerful as your XEON's of course, but still quite capable of managing a small network.

    My only bugbear is it only has USB 2. So is quite slow at managing terabytes of data off the network. 34MBs compared with 85MBs with dual gigabit LAN. I've yet to look into the possibility of USB 3 on this SMB. But it's unlikely as HP are prone to disabling unnecessary features on their products. Although USB 3 was around back then in 2012 I think. So we'll see.

    Anyway I can see your system is a labour of love and great fun to build and operate. I'll have to check other videos to see how it's fared for you since.

  5. Hi Jarrod,
    Great videos. Very clean and clear speech.
    I had a huge case Lian Li PC-D8000B in which I used to have 16 HDDs. I had an old AMD Phantom 6 cores (no threads). It was quite old and I had to upgrade. The question was Threadripper/Ryzen or Dual Xeons?
    I ended up buying from ebay USA (I live in Australia) a Supermicro X9DRi-LN4F+ Ver 1.20 (for V2 E5) and 2 E5-2640 6 cores/12 threads each. Not really huge system, but definitely way more than just 6 cores from an old AMD Phantom.
    I also bought 128GB for my build as they were pretty cheap compared to what a Threadripper/Ryzen DDR4 would cost for a similar amount. Also from the USA for AUD250 shipped. The board and CPUs with passive heatsinks was $350 shipped.
    I could not start the machine without overheating the CPUs. Very annoying. I got 2 samll 40mm Noctua fans pushing air through the heatsink blades. It was OK if not pushing anything too much.
    A couple days ago I used Handbrake to convert MOV files to MP4. The temperature on the CPUs skyrocketted so fast. Using Speccy to view temperatures on CPUs. Frightening. Just when I start my machine after a night to cool off, temperature is starting at 58 C. How could you get a 30ish C idle?
    Now I can't even start without the temperature beeping immediately. So frustrating.
    I have to spend AUD$200 for two big noctua heatsink/fan to replace the original Supermicro passive heatsinks. I can't understand how these heatsinks could keep any of these CPU cool enough.
    So thanks to your videos, I found what cooling system to get.
    Keep up the good work.

  6. I build myself one with 2 e5-2670's, lenovo thinkstation d30 mobo, 64GB ram, 2 h411r's, r9 390, avermedia hd lite, seasonic focus plus 850w platinum inside a phanteks enthoo luxe for €500.

  7. As always,great videos Jarrod. I just started a home server for movies using Plex. I ignored this for a long time but now its time to make home made digital copies for older DVD's I own. The parts came from electronic recycle waste from the buildings i work around. The Building Maintenance guys threw away a Supermicro Superworkstation 5035G-T computer 2 years ago. I asked them for it . I retrieved a SonicWall E-Class Universal Management Appliance EM5000 . That thing was heavy. It had four 750GB drives in it. I got the bug to run a Plex server recently so out of all the junked stuff I collected over the years , SuperMicro and SonicWall devices were picked. SuperMicro had two 160GB drives, I removed 1 and placed 3 drives out of the Sonicwall device in it. Started up MakeMKV and it was on!! also doing the same with my HDDVD discs. So happy I can finally copy those to digital .

  8. I know I am late but do you use this to render so your main system isn't held up and I am working on a server going with an L5520 system not bad for a $110 total spent all its being used for is a file server so f windows craps out on me or my Linux systems died I lost nothing of value.

  9. I decided to go down this road. I got a dual socket motherboard from Ali express for $90.00 and my E5-2680's for $65.00 each. So far my biggest expense is my ram. I got 128 gigs for $207.00. I only have 4 ram slots per cpu so I got 16 gig sticks. My next batch of parts should be arriving soon. If all goes well, every fan in my system will be either noctua or beQuite. my cpu coolers will be the NH-U12DX i4.
    Beyond video encoding and video editing, I'm not sure what else I will do with this rig. The mother board doesn't support pcie pass through with VM's without hacking the bios and that is way beyond my skill range.

  10. ive seen this video at least three times now, are you using the vms just as a different os and their tools like kali, or is it something else?

  11. Run Hyper-V server or Server Core as you hypervisor and use Windows Admin Center to manage them…running HP DL380 G7…no rack on the floor in the TV room 🙂

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