Affordable Server With Server-Grade Hardware Part II

Fri 20 June 2014 Category: Hardware

If you want to build a home server, it may be advised to actually use server-grade components. I documented the reasons for choosing server-grade hardware already in an earlier post on this topic.

It is recommended to read the old post first. In this new post, I only show new hardware that could also be chosen as a more modern hardware option.

My original post dates back to December 2013 and centers around the popular X9SCM-F which is based on the LGA 1155 socket. Please note that the X9SCM-F / LGA 1155 based solution may be cheaper if you want the Xeon processor.

So I'd like to introduce two Supermicro motherboards that may be of interest.

Supermicro X10SLL-F

Supermicro X10SLL-F

Some key features are:

  • 2 x Gigabit NIC on-board
  • 6 onboard SATA ports
  • 3 x PCIe (2 x 8x + 1 x 4x)
  • Costs $169 or €160

This board is one of the cheapest Supermicro boards you can get and it has 3 x PCI-e, which may be of interest if you need to install extra HBA's or RAID cards, SAS expanders and/or network controllers.

Supermicro X10SL7-F

Supermicro X10SL7-F

This board is about $80 or €90 more expensive than the X10SLL-F but in return, you get eight extra SAS/SATA ports, for a total of 14 SATA ports. With 4 TB drives, this would give you 56 TB of raw storage capacity. This motherboard provides a cheaper solution than an add-on HBA card, which would occupy a PCIe slot. Hoever, the's a caveat: this board has 'only' two PCIe slots. But there's still room for an additional quad-port or 10 Gbe NIC and an extra HBA if required.

  • 2 x Gigabit NIC on-board
  • 6 onboard SATA ports
  • 8 onboard SAS/SATA ports via LSI 2308 chip
  • 2 x PCIe (8x and 4x)
  • Costs $242 or €250

Overview of CPU's

CPUPassmark scorePrice in EuroPrice in Dollars
Intel Pentium G3420 @ 3.20GHz345955 Euro74 Dollar
Intel Core i3-4130 @ 3.40GHz482794 Euro124 Dollar
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 @ 3.30GHz9459216Euro279 Dollar
  • Dollars are from Newegg, Euro's are from
  • Euros are including taxes.