Build A 64-Bit Server On A Budget

Required Components

New versions of Microsoft Exchange and Windows Small Business Server require 64-bit server platforms. Having recently deployed several new 64-bit servers for clients, IT consultant Erik Eckel is familiar with the expenses typically accompanying such hardware requirements.

But building a new 64-bit server from scratch doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, Eckel built a 64-bit server for less than $775. Here's how Eckel recommends building a budget 64-bit box.


In order to build a proper 64-bit server, several components prove necessary. In addition to a capable case and power supply (more on that later), you need a server-class motherboard, a strong CPU, hard disks, an optical drive and more.

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Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...


If you were going to use it as a server to learn SBS 2008 on ... then just as your everyday box (Win 7 + virtual stuff)... wuold you do anything different to save a few bucks, or not? --Thomas


Erik, Can you give us an update as to the performance of your server build? I would like to know how the server board is performing and if there are any other issues to pass along. Thanks, Dennis P.