Choosing Your Server Components
When the time comes for you to decide whether to pay for someone to host your website or if you'd like to host it yourself, then you need to decide on a server platform that can handle the load. The way to do this is to either purchase a server, or, build your own. Sometimes its simpler and more cost-effective to just put some pieces together and build your own. With what's available on the market today, you can easily put a server chassis together with various pieces and build your very own webserver and fileserver. Let's get started.
First, you need to find a server chassis. Is this going to be a tower or a rack-mountable server? Do you have room for a rack-mountable server? Will it be a 1U or 2U server? How much space do you have? Well, these questions are the beginning of what will become your model of a server going forward. Keep in mind the 1U and 2U chassis servers often make a lot of noise.
Once you've decided on the type of chassis, you'll need to start looking around for hard drives and a compatible RAID controller (you want to have hard drive redundancy in your server). Just plug in the chassis model in an internet search and you'll come up with a host of parts that you can use in your server, including hard drives. Cost is always a factor, but depending upon the type of website hosting you'll be doing, you might need some faster speed drives and a good raid controller in order to split up the drives into redundant drives.
Beyond that, processors are a key component to your server. Look for the fastest and most robust processors you can afford. The chassis should provide you with the right type of processors you can put in your server, so it's just a matter of shopping around and looking for the best deal. Make sure you find the right size heat sinks and do a little research on the processors to make sure you have enough fans pushing the air around and moving the heat off the processors.
Fans are an essential requirement for your server, just make sure you have enough of them. The more the better. Once you decide on the number of fans, you'll need to make sure your power supplies are enough to keep everything running. A little research on the parts will provide you with some basic information on how to build a server that will work and stay cool.
There's really no need to include a DVD player or a graphics card or any of the additional peripherals you'd need in a pc. You should be able to hook up an external DVD player to install an operating system and you'll need at least a monitor and keyboard and mouse that you can use to hook up to the server while you get things installed. Once your server is up and running you will have saved yourself a lot of money in the long-run, for now you can host your own website!