Step by Step Guide to Build Your Own Server Leave a comment

Here at Kahn Servers, we allow you to build your own server using exactly the components that you need inside the device. The requirements of one business or server station could be very different from those of another and one does not have to stick with pre-built devices and simply make do. Having the flexibility of choosing your own components in the server gives you the freedom of aligning the device to your needs by 100%.

In this guide, we will be talking about how you can build a server for yourself to ensure lower costs and higher performance in a way that your requirements are fulfilled.

At Kahn Servers, we build the device for you, therefore, you do not need to worry about adding something that isn’t going to fit in.

But the question of what internal components you are going to use still remains. For this, you should be fully clear on what tasks your server is expected to perform and how much load it will be facing when in full throttle.

Chassis

In order to choose the right chassis, you should know whether you require a rack mount, a tower or a blade server. These are the three main types of chassis you will find when you head out to build your own server.

Power requirement is one of the major factors that should contribute to your decision. A tower server typically operates between 300 to 800 watts whereas a rack server between 350 and 600 watts. Choosing the right server based on power requirements depends on how many hours a day you will have to keep your server running. While a tower server tips towards the cheaper side, it requires more power. Therefore, if you need your server to be running 24 hours a day, the rack server would be a better option.

CPU

A CPU is a brain behind a computer and it largely controls how efficiently your server will be functioning. Moreover, the choice of a CPU also defines what kind of motherboard and chassis you will be choosing, therefore, compatibility is a major contributing factor when making this decision.

There are two leading types of processes in the market today, being Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (ADM). Intel CPUs include Pentium, Core, and Celeron whereas ADM includes Sempron, Athlon, and Phenom.

Both are competitive in performance but choosing the right CPU depends on your chassis, workload, and heat management method.

RAM

Choosing the right kind of RAM depends on whether you require a DDR3 or a DDR4. Moreover, an 8GB RAM works great in most cases and a 16GB RAM becomes an overkill but there are instances where the load on your server requires a 16GB RAM or maybe even more.

Hard Drive

A server stores programs and user data and depending on many clients the server is connected to and what amount of data is moving about the network, you need to choose a hard drive accordingly. Reliability, performance and response time are the major contributing factors and finally, you need to check if it is compatible with your chassis and motherboard.

Motherboard

The motherboard your server will need primarily depends on which hard drive, RAM type, and CPU you have chosen. Once everything else has been decided, choosing the motherboard is a pretty straight forward job, you just need to find compatibility.

Network Card

The type of network card you’ll be using depends on the type of network in your area of use. Most commonly you find ethernet, FDDI and token ring cards. Ethernet cards are more widely used for the compatibility. USB interfaces are also available but not entirely recommended for server stations.

The network card you’ll be using also mainly depends on the communication speed your network service offers.

Raid Controller

A raid controller is the component that controls the intersection of the server and storage. You will be choosing between an internal or an external RAID controller. Your decision would be based on whether you need a RAID controller with memory, cache memory, active support and software development and what performance level you require.

PSU

A PSU controls the power supply to your server and your decision on which PSU to use would mainly depend on what is the power outlet in your area and what wattage your servers requires when functioning.

We build your devices at Kahn Servers and test them for errors before dispatch. You can therefore shop with the satisfaction that there is no margin for error, anything going wrong will be pointed out in the testing phase before the device gets to you.

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