Building a Server Tutorial

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Dunno if this will turn into a tutorial or not. But I plan on building a bunch of server machines from motherboards and spare parts. Most likely running Linux. That's what this page is: notes.


Maybe a mini-ITX motherboard, like what's inside of this.

  • Intel D945GTP Micro ATX Motherboard $111.99
  • Intel Celeron D 346 $59.00
  • 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) RAM (256MB) $19
  • HD (320G) $100
  • Power supply
  • CPU fan


Intel BOXD945GTPLKR Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945G Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

D945GTP info at Intel's site.

CPU Socket Type 	Socket T (LGA 775)
CPU Type 	Intel Pentium D/Pentium 4 HT/Celeron D
North Bridge 	Intel 945G
South Bridge 	Intel ICH7R
Number of DDR2 Slots 	4x 240pin DDR2
DDR2 Standard 	DDR2 667
Maximum Memory Supported 	4GB
Dual Channel Supported 	Yes
PCI Express x16 	1
PCI Express x1 	1
PCI Slots 	2
PATA 	1 x ATA100 up to 2 Devices
SATA 3Gb/s 	4
SATA RAID 	RAID 0/1/0+1/5 Matrix RAID
Onboard Video 	Yes
Onboard Video Chipset 	Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Audio Chipset 	SigmaTel STAC9220
Audio Channels 	8 Channels
Max LAN Speed 	10/100/1000Mbps
PS/2 	2
COM 	1
LPT 	1
VGA 	1
USB 	4x USB 2.0
IEEE 1394 	1x 1394a
Audio Ports 	3 Ports
Onboard USB 	4x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394 	2x 1394a
Form Factor 	Micro ATX
Power Pin 	24 Pin


Supported processors

Celeron D 346 2.26GHz $60


RAM 512MB $40  DDR2 PC 4200 / 5400
RAM 1GB $80

Hard drives

WD ATA100 80GB $40
WD SATA 80GB $50
WD SATA 320GB $100

Power supply

2x10 or 2x12 main connectors (2x12 only needed for high-wattage PCI cards)
2x2 12V connector
SATA power
IDE power


Ubuntu 6.06 Server Edition