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.
Who are PC Specialist?
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.
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.
Here is the selection PC Specialist and UWHS made for the Ultimate WHS 2011 box:
FRACTAL DESIGN ARRAY R2 Mini ITX NAS Case + 300W PSU
Intel® Core™i7-2600S Quad Core (2.8GHz, 8MB Cache) + HD Graphics
ASUS P8H67-I DELUXE: Mini-ITX, LG1155, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
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
8GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD + Clear Video HD Technology
ONBOARD 10 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS
Genuine Windows Home Server 2011 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
The price worked out at £936.00 including VAT and delivery.