Build an 8 TB WHS 2011 Box for Under $750

Is your Windows Home Server v1 getting a bit long in the tooth? Or have you just not gotten around to building your first WHS box?

HP ProLiant MicroserverGood news!

While doing some pricing research online today, I saw that the components for my WHS 2011 box have dropped in price. If you’d like to build an identical system that’s super-green and has TONS of storage, here are the specs, prices, and URLs:

Part #

Description

Price

Shipping

N82E16832416443

Microsoft WHS 2011 OEM

$119.99

$0.00

N82E16859105905

HP ProLiant Microserver

$279.99

$0.00

N82E16822136514

Western Digital 2 TB Green HD

$79.99

$0.00

N82E16822136514

Western Digital 2 TB Green HD

$79.99

$0.00

N82E16822136514

Western Digital 2 TB Green HD

$79.99

$0.00

N82E16822136514

Western Digital 2 TB Green HD

$79.99

$0.00

N82E16820148400

Crucial 2 GB 240-Pin DDR3 RAM

$28.99

$0.99

SUBTOTALS

$748.93

$0.99

 

Grand Total: $749.92 delivered from www.newegg.com as of 06/04/2011.

Proof (copy of the shopping cart):

Shopping cart from Newegg.com showing an 8 TB WHS 2011 box delivered for <$750

To do the actual install you’ll need to plug in a keyboard, monitor, mouse, and network cable. You won’t need any of those after the configuration is done (except for the CAT5e cable) so I didn’t include them in the price since they’re only tools used temporarily.

To install the OS (which is on a DVD) I used my laptop to turn the DVD into an ISO (using IMGBurn), then burned that ISO (using the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool) onto a USB flash drive (another temporary tool).

When all is said and done, you’ll have the HP server sitting on a shelf somewhere with only a power cable and CAT5e cable plugged into it.

FINAL SPECS
64-bit processor / 3 GB RAM / 8 TB storage / gigabit / eSATA on the back, built-in video / 5.25” bay for adding an optical drive later / about 47 Watts of power. (That costs < $30 per year in my neck of the woods to leave running 24×7.)

Throw in a USB sound card and you can even do MagicJack for home phone. Winking smile

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