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Building the Ultimate Windows Home Server 2011 Box with PC Specialist

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Earlier this year we told you about a UK based company called PC Specialist that had entered the Windows Home Server 2011 market. Here at UWHS we worked with PC Specialist to build what we call the Ultimate WHS 2011 box, and here is our review.

UWHS Review - PC Specialist Ultimate WHS Build 015

Who are PC Specialist?

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From their website:

  • PC Specialist is an established and credit worthy business – we are now in our 9th year of trading and openly display a live credit worthiness check on our website, which uses data partners such as creditsafe™ and Dun & Bradstreet.
  • We are one of the select few companies in the UK who are an official Intel® Platinum Technology Provider. This demonstrates that we are actually one of the larger computer manufacturers in the UK channel and that we are more than just a pretty website.

We are also an official Microsoft® Certified Partner which demonstrates our commitment to skills & training using Microsoft® products.

Available Options

One of the really great things about the PC Specialist offering is the sheer amount of options and variants you can select – from 9 different cases, to processors, hard drives, and so on. It’s certainly nice to have options to choose from.

PC Specialist selection

Specifications

Here is the selection PC Specialist and UWHS made for the Ultimate WHS 2011 box:

Case

FRACTAL DESIGN ARRAY R2 Mini ITX NAS Case + 300W PSU

Processor (CPU)

Intel® Core™i7-2600S Quad Core (2.8GHz, 8MB Cache) + HD Graphics

Motherboard

ASUS P8H67-I DELUXE: Mini-ITX, LG1155, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs

Storage

1 x 80GB INTEL® 320 SERIES SSD, SATA 3 Gb/s (upto 270MB/sR | 90MB/sW)

2 x 2TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD2002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm) : setup as RAID 1

Memory (RAM)

8GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB)

Graphics Card

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD + Clear Video HD Technology

Sound Card

ONBOARD 10 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO

Network Facilities

ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

USB Options

2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS

Operating System

Genuine Windows Home Server 2011 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence

Warranty

3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

Price

The price worked out at £936.00 including VAT and delivery.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edneyhttps://moviesgamesandtechcom.wpcomstaging.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

12 COMMENTS

    • You can use a cfg file during installation to set certain parameters, including bypassing the 160 GB drive check, which in this case is what PC Specialist did. It doesn’t affect your install.

  1. Just curious – why the high end cpu, the intel I7? What does that buy you on a server that say an I5 or even an I3 would not?

    • The main reason was to build “the ultimate WHS 2011 box” and to have a box that would last quite a while and do any task I wanted, such as streaming, video coversion, running additional applications, etc, and the small cost addition to get the fastest processor seemed in line with what we were trying to do with the article. Obviously you dont need an i7 if you are not planning on doing some of the things I mentioned.

    • hi Ivan, audio and video are available on the motherboard, but you dont really need them. As for the energy consumption I’m afraid I dont have that information.

  2. Hi Andrew,

    I also have the same motherboard P8H67-I deluxe. After installing WHS 2011, there are 3 unknown devices and 1 PCI simple communication controller that are missing drivers. Do you know how to resolve that?

      • Hi Andrew,

        Thanks for the quick reply. I first tried with the CD that comes with the motherboard but it is some Asus software suite that only works with Win 7 (or xp, vista etc) not with WHS2011. Anyway I ran it in a Win7 OS and found all the missing items. Now its all resolved.

        Thanks!

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