Evolution of my Home server/lab – Part 1

My journey began back when I had some extra computer parts laying around from upgrading my main PC. I had one build previous to the one in the pictures, using an old AMD Athlon 64 X2, and only 6 GB of DDR2 RAM.

I learned how to configure my own servers after using an solution on the first build, Amahi. I remember mainly running a Minecraft server, and the basics of Emby Server. After having some issues with the old hardware and acquiring new parts from my workplace e-trash, I decided to start fresh. Wiped a HDD clean to set up and learn my first hypervisor: Citrix XenServer.

This second build is the first one I started to photograph.


This whitebox has had some changes since this version above, Such as the lovely GPU plugged in and leaning sideways.  That one was being used for the console , while the Geforce was used via PCI Passthrough.

At this time of writing, this is what the build consists of:
PCPartPicker part list

Type Item
CPU Intel – Core i7-860 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler Cooler Master – Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard Asus – P7P55D-E ATX LGA1156 Motherboard
Memory Patriot – Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage SanDisk – Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
  Hitachi – Travelstar Z5K320 160GB 2.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
  Hitachi – Deskstar 160GB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  Western Digital – Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  Hitachi – Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  Hitachi – Ultrastar 7K4000 3TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Case Thermaltake – V3 Black ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply Thermaltake – TR2 600W ATX Power Supply
Video Card GeForce GTX 460 SE (Quadro 4000M Flashed)
Other Citrix XenServer 7

Part 2

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