Finally had the chance to unpack all the stuff that came in from newegg for the 3 server builds.
First up -WHS
The open box SuperMicro X7SBA was only missing the I/O plate. Everything else was all there. Other than that nothing else was opened and the board was still sealed.
Considering this is an Intel 3210 server board with 2 PCI-X, 1 -PCI-E x8, 4-PCI and dual Intel Pro GbE with onboard GPU this was a fantastic deal at $160.
Sorry for the pic quality, I grabbed these quick with my iphone
I unpacked, put it together and installed WHS within a few hours.
The hardest part was having to slipstream the ICH9R AHCI drivers into the WHS DVD. I could've just set the bios to IDE mode, but wanted AHCI for hotswap and health/temp status.
Here's what it's in this test build server for now.Motherboard: SuperMicro X7SBACPU: Intel E8400 3.0Ghz Dual Core 6MB L2Ram: 4GB Kingston DDR2 667 (2x2GB)Case: CoolerMaster Centurion 590
Drives: 2 x Seagate 1.5TB
(for now I had 2 spares from my last shipment)PSU: Corsair TX650W
Total cost before drives $587
Here's a 4GB ripped DVD transfer from workstation to WHS over GbE Lan
No networks tweaks or any type of adjustments, just out of the 'box' and we're hitting GbE speed.
Very pleased with this build so far
But still lots to do on this one and 2 more servers to build.