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Building my first PC

Posted on 2011-09-05
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Hi all

For the firs ttime I try to build my own PC.
I looked around over the internet and first of all I want to have  a good casing for this PC.
I want to emphasize I'm not planning to build a gaming PC but just a quite normal PC but the plan is to expand this PC in the future to a small server where I can practice Windows Server 2008 on itwith some virtual clients on it.

So consider me as a complete newbie.
Alright first question : where to look for good casing? As this is a project I was planning to spend around 40-50 euro's for it. (42 - 70 US dollar)
I looked on www.tones.be (that is the closest IT shop for me) and found following examples:
http://www.tones.be/shop_product.php?idx=111176
http://www.tones.be/shop_product.php?idx=108118
http://www.tones.be/shop_product.php?idx=110167

Please let me know what you guys think about this.

Greetz

Stefan

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by:rdudek101
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Hmm,  thought I replied to this thread already....

Anyway, I have always had great success with Coolermaster cases.  They're built pretty sturdy.  Lots of bays and they have easy snap ins for the HDD's and other peripherals.   If you plan on have this thing run like a server 24/7, make sure it has lots of options for airflow, including extra aftermarket fans to put in if it don't come with any.

You could also try ordering online too from Amazon.  Not sure if any other websites similar to newegg.com that can ship to your country?

But, we can also provide you some tips on building computers.  Are you planning on virtualizing that whole server including client systems on that one machine?  Or is this just going to be the main server box for you to play with?  If it's the former, do make sure you have a quad core processor with lots of RAM.  Having one VM isn't a big deal but when you mix client VM's, things start to bog down.  Also, some tricks with server to experiment fully may require you to have multiple of those for certain training purposes.
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by:Mouton_yorks
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Hi Stefan,

Worth the extra money for the space, cooling and flexibility I would recommend the Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid tower case http://www.tones.be/shop_product.php?idx=109602 where you can easily house everything for a server powerful enough to host virtual machines.

Sorry it is out of your current budget, but I've built many PCs using thee and never worried about future upgrades.
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Hi all

I will keep you updated
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I will need to wait to build my own PC
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