Data Centers

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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By Erik Eckel

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...